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Alternative Broadcasting Cork July 23rd 1978

This is a very short snippet of Chris Stevens on Alternative Broadcasting Cork on the afternoon of July 23rd 1978.


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Radio ERI March 1st 1983

This is Radio ERI, the Cork pirate station, from the morning of March 1st 1983. Andy Archer is in for Breakfast along with Andrew Hewkin (pictured, courtesy DX Archive) on News and other inserts.

This is Radio ERI, the Cork pirate station, from the morning of March 1st 1983. Andy Archer is in for Breakfast along with Andrew Hewkin (pictured, courtesy DX Archive) on News and other inserts.


This recording is from the Chris Ridley collection donated to Radiowaves.fm

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ABC Radio May 23rd 1983

With thanks to John Dunne

Broadcasting from Parnell Street in the heart of Dublin city this is ABC Radio on 963kHz with Gary Hamill (right) on either side of the midnight hour on May 23rd/24th 1983. The recording was made against a backdrop of the aftermath of the Radio Nova / Sunshine Radio raids a few days earlier…

The full story of the raids is told in this Radiowaves Special Feature – tap here

This recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Andersson

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Radio Nova May 26th 1983

From May 26th 1983, this is a selection of recordings of Radio Nova , the Dublin pirate station, which were made across the day.

First, we hear from Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Breakfast programme starting at 7.20am. This recording was made in the northwest of England off 819kHz.

Next, recorded in Dublin off 88.2MHz, this is the current affairs / magazine programme Dublin Today from 7.11pm.

Following Dublin Today at 7.30pm Colm Hayes (right) is on air and we catch 20 minutes of the show…

Later we join Jason Maine for 45 minutes worth of his evening show, also recorded off 88.2MHz FM…

The Breakfast show recording is courtesy of Gary Hogg / DX Archive
The other recordings are all thanks to Michael Andersson, with extra thanks to Lawrence John for his assistance

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Community Radio 257 June 2nd 1983

This recording is from the other station based in Portmarnock, Community Radio 257. Gordon Sommerville is on air from 10.30am on a Thursday morning, June 2nd 1983.

This recording is from the other station based in Portmarnock, Community Radio 257. Gordon Sommerville is on air from 10.30am on a Thursday morning, June 2nd 1983, recorded off 1134kHz.
The station had opened just days earlier.


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Royal County Radio June 21st 1983

This is Royal County Radio from Co Meath on the afternoon of June 21st 1983. Fab Olly (pictured) is on the air from 1.06pm.

This is Royal County Radio from Co Meath on the afternoon of June 21st 1983. Fab Olly (pictured) is on the air from 1.06pm.

The photo is by very kind courtesy of Ollie Clarke
The recording is with great thanks to Michael Andersson, who made it during a visit to Ireland from Sweden.

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Cork City Local Radio June 23rd 1983

CCLR Cork City Local Radio

This is a recording of Cork City Local Radio from the evening of June 23rd 1983. Made off 1107kHz, John Dwyer is on the air and we join him at 8pm.

CCLR station page


With great thanks to Michael Andersson, who made this recording during a visit to Ireland from Sweden.

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South Coast Radio June 23rd 1983

From the evening of June 23rd 1983, this is a recording of the Cork station South Coast Radio off 104FM from 9pm.

From the evening of June 23rd 1983, this is a recording of the Cork station South Coast Radio off 104FM from 9pm.


South Coast Radio station page


With great thanks to Michael Andersson, who made this recording during a visit to Ireland from Sweden.

Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002


Ballymun Community Radio June 25th 1983

From late night on June 25th 1983, this is Alan Hunter on Ballymun Community Radio, which was broadcasting to the north Dublin suburb on 104.0MHz.

This recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Andersson, who made it during a visit to Ireland from Sweden.

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Glasnevin North Community Radio June 26th 1983

This is Glasnevin North Community Radio with Mick Nugent on air for their 1983 broadcast run. The station was an annual pop-up broadcaster which ran for the local summer festival week each June.
In this recording off 199metres medium wave we also hear from David Baker, who is interviewing some of the locals from outside the caravan in which the station’s studio was located.


This recording is by kind courtesy of Michael Andersson, who made it during a tour of Ireland’s radio stations in June 1983

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Community Radio Fingal June 26th 1983

This is Community Radio Fingal, the north Co Dublin pirate station, from the evening of June 26th 1983. 
It starts at 7pm and is taken off 1573kHz.
Image thanks to Fintan Cullen

This is Community Radio Fingal, the north Co Dublin pirate station, from the evening of June 26th 1983.
It starts at 7pm and is taken off 1575kHz.


This recording was made by Michael Andersson from Sweden during a tour of Irish radio stations

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002

Kiss FM January 15th 1984

From Sunday, January 15th 1984, this is the historic final two hours from Kiss FM, the Radio Nova sister station. The final show on the station was Kiss Rocks with Denis Murray (pictured in the Kiss FM studio) and the recording starts during the 10pm networked news.
Courtesy: Richie Wild

From Sunday, January 15th 1984, this is the historic final two hours from Kiss FM, the Radio Nova sister station. The final show on the station was Kiss Rocks with Denis Murray (pictured in the Kiss FM studio) and the recording starts during the 10pm networked news.
At this time RTÉ were conducting a jamming campaign against Radio Nova, who were broadcastng on 88FM. Station boss Chris Cary closed Kiss FM in order to give Nova an additional frequency to move on to to avoid the interference.


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This recording was originally supplied to DX Archive by Miles Johnson.


Radio Nova January 15th 1984

From January 15th 1984 this is Chris Barry (right) on a Sunday night on Radio Nova. The recording starts at 11.10pm and runs to the midnight news with Dave Malone.
At this exact time, Radio Nova's sister station had entered its final hour of broadcast - you can listen to the parallel broadcast by tapping here.

This is Chris Barry (right) on Radio Nova from January 15th 1984. The recording starts at 11.10pm and runs to the midnight news with Dave Malone.
At this exact time, Radio Nova’s sister station had entered its final hour of broadcast – you can listen to the parallel broadcast by tapping here.

The Radio Nova recording was made in Leeds and, as such, suffers from fading and interference. This ‘anorak’ quality recording has been archived for historical completeness.


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Photo is by very kind courtesy of Richie Wild


Radio Nova January 16th 1984

This is Radio Nova in the hours following the closedown of sister station Kiss FM, which closed at midnight on January 15th 1984.
Following the end of the News with Dave Malone, Mike Moran (picture) pays tribute to the departed station at the start of his overnight programme at just after midnight as we enter January 16th.
We also catch up with the Breakfast programme with Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico before Colm Hayes, who rejoined Nova from Kiss FM, takes over at 9am.

This is Radio Nova in the hours following the closedown of sister station Kiss FM, which closed at midnight on January 15th 1984.
Following the end of the News with Dave Malone, Mike Moran (picture) pays tribute to the departed station at the start of his overnight programme at just after midnight as we enter January 16th.
We also catch up with the Breakfast programme with Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico before Colm Hayes, who rejoined Nova from Kiss FM, takes over at 9am.

This recording was made in Leeds and, as such, suffers from fading and interference. This ‘anorak’ quality recording has been archived for historical completeness.

Mike Moran

Declan & Bob

Colm Hayes


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Photo is by very kind courtesy of Richie Wild


Radio Nova February 4th 1984

From Saturday, February 4th 1984 this is a recording of Mike Moran on Dublin's Radio Nova, taken off 102.7MHz from 9.30pm. Ken Hammond reads the 10pm News

From Saturday, February 4th 1984 this is a recording of Mike Moran on Dublin’s Radio Nova, taken off 102.7MHz from 9.30pm. Ken Hammond reads the 10pm News.

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This recording is thanks to Michael Andersson with help from Lawrence John

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Kerry Local Radio February 11th 1984

This is a recording of Seán Hurley on Kerry Local Radio from the afternoon of February 11th 1984. The station was broadcasting on 99.9MHz and we join the show at 2.15pm.


As you’re listening you are invited to visit the Kerry Local Radio station page and if you can add to the history (factually or anecdotally) or if there’s anything else you can contribute such as photos or recordings, please get in touch.


This Radio Retro recording was provided on cassette by Joe Cashin


Radio na nGael May 9th 1984

From May 9th 1984, this is Radio na nGael, who broadcast from a caravan which was based in Montgorry in Swords, north Co Dublin. The recording was made from the station's 1350kHz outlet.
First, at just after 10am, we hear from Kathy Mullen, whose mic seemed to be set at a very low level.

From May 9th 1984, this is Radio na nGael, who broadcast from a caravan which was based in Montgorry in Swords, north Co Dublin. The recording was made from the station’s 1350kHz outlet.
First, at just after 10am, we hear from Kathy Mullen, whose mic seemed to be set at a very low level.
Then, from the afternoon, Mairéad ní Bellitine is on the air.

Kathy

Mairéad

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Horizon FM July 22nd 1984

This is a recording of a night-time Reggae music programme as broadcast on the Dublin pirate station Horizon FM on July 22nd 1984.

This recording has been digitised from a cassette donated by Chris Ridley

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Radio Clare August 15th 1984

These are test transmissions from Radio Clare recorded off 88.2MHz on August 15th 1984.
First, we hear from Tony G from 11.43am and then in the afternoon, Ollie Burns is on from 1.46pm.


This recording is an Anoraks Ireland original supplied to Radiowaves.fm on cassette by Joe Cashin. If you have any casettes, mp3 or Mixcloud/Soundcloud hosted radio recordings please get in touch at recordings@radiowaves.fm.

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Radio Nova June 7th 1985

This is the Radio Nova Breakfast Programme from the morning after the Funny Bubble Competition Final the night before, which went on until the early hours. John Clarke and Bob Gallico nurse their sore heads as they entertain Dubliners in this recording off 102.7MHz  which starts at 7.17am.

This is the Radio Nova Breakfast Programme from the morning after the Funny Bubble Competition Final the night before, which went on until the early hours. John Clarke and Bob Gallico nurse their sore heads as they entertain Dubliners in this recording off 102.7MHz which starts at 7.17am.


Thanks to Joe Cashin

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WRKY 103 June 7th 1985

This is an afternoon recording of the Kerry pirate station Rocky 103 from June 7th 1985. It is in two parts and features two (unknown) presenters on either side of 2pm.

This is an afternoon recording of the Kerry pirate station Rocky 103 from June 7th 1985. It is in two parts and features two (unknown) presenters on either side of 2pm.

The photo shows the station’s mast at the Two Mile Inn and is courtesy of Mike Richardson

12:58pm

2:08pm

This WRKY 103 recording was digitised from a cassette passed on by Joe Cashin
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Radio Nova July 24th 1985

This is Ric Harris on the evening shift for Radio Nova in the summer of 1985. Recorded off 102.7MHz in Dublin, we join the proceedings at just after 10.30pm.
Dave Johnson reads the News.

This is Ric Harris on the evening shift for Radio Nova in the summer of 1985. Recorded off 102.7MHz in Dublin, we join the proceedings at just after 10.30pm.
Dave Johnson reads the News.


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Mid West Radio May 2nd 1986

This is a recording of Mid West Radio, the pirate station broadcasting on 1334kHz from Ballyhaunis in Co Mayo, from the afternoon of May 2nd 1986.
First, we hear from Chris Carroll (pictured) at 4.40pm. He is followed by Paul Claffey at just after 5pm.

This recording is from an Anoraks Ireland original cassette passed on to us by Joe Cashin.

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002

STYC Radio August 24th 1986

This is STYC Radio from August 1986. The station operated in the Mount Merrion area for the duration of the local summer festival. The unusual name stands for St Teresa’s Youth Club and this was the last day on air in 1986. In this recording, which was made off 88.0MHz FM, we sample Greg Manahan’s ‘All Irish Show’.

This Radio Retro recording was provided on cassette by Joe Cashin

Centre Radio Kildare

From an unknown date in the 1980s this is Kildare’s Centre Radio with the Chuck Wilson Show on 100FM.


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ABC Radio October 9th 1986

This is a recording of Richard Staines on the breakfast show for the Waterford pirate station ABC Radio from the morning of October 9th 1986.

This is a recording of Richard Staines on the breakfast show for the Waterford pirate station ABC Radio from the morning of October 9th 1986.

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Kildare Local Broadcasting October 10th 1986

This is a test transmission from Kildare Local Broadcasting on October 10th 1986 starting at 2.34pm. KLB was a new community-type service which was due to launch the following morning.

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This KLB recording is with thanks to Joe Cashin


Kildare Local Broadcasting October 11th 1986

This is the launch recording of Kildare Local Broadcasting, which was a new community-type service for the area broadcasting on 102.4MHz. The first official programme on the station was at 10am on Saturday, October 11th 1986 and Declan Dillon presented.

Listen


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This KLB recording is with thanks to Joe Cashin


Horizon Radio April 17th 1987

This is a recording of the Kerry pirate station Horizon Radio from April 17th 1987.  Francis Jones presents The Mad Hatters Ball from 9.48pm.

This is a recording of the Kerry pirate station Horizon Radio from April 17th 1987. Francis Jones presents The Mad Hatters Ball from 9.48pm.

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Nova Power 103 December 7th 1987

From Monday December 7th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay on  Nova Power 103FM. The recording starts at 12.40pm and was made off 103.0MHz.

From Monday December 7th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay on Nova Power 103FM. The recording starts at 12.40pm and was made off 103.0MHz. Bob Gallico and Teena Gates read the News.

Listen


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Treble TR July 22nd 1988

From July 22nd 1988 this is a recording of the Dublin pirate station Treble TR. Recorded off 99.5MHz, we join an unnamed presenter at 4.45pm before 'Beth' takes over from 5pm.

From July 22nd 1988 this is a recording of the Dublin pirate station Treble TR. Recorded off 99.1MHz, we join an unnamed presenter at 4.45pm before Beth Kennedy takes over from 5pm.

This recording is by very kind courtesy of Brendan Gaffney

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K104 July 26th 1988

This is a recording of K104, the Dublin pirate station, recorded off 104.3MHz from just before 1pm on July 26th, 1988.

This recording is by very kind courtesy of Brendan Gaffney

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Signal 106FM December 30th 1988

Signal 106FM’s final night of broadcast as they close at the end of December 1988 in line with the introduction of a new broadcast act.

Note, these recordings have been transferred from cassette and quality is not so great in parts but we’ve included it all for historical completion…

First of all, from 6.30pm, we hear from Garv Rigby

From 7pm, this is Benny Ryan…

At 8pm, Graham Turner takes over…

Station owner Mike Ormonde is on from 10pm…

And this is the final hour to closedown…

This recording is with huge thanks to Mike Ormonde
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Radio Dublin January 2nd 1989

Radio Dublin continued broadcasting in 1989 in defiance of a new law threatening huge fines and possible imprisonment for anyone involved with a pirate broadcast. Although they planned to use pre-recorded programming once the new law was established, it wasnt long before live programming had returned.
From day 2 under the new law, and against a backdrop of a very empty radio band that had been teeming with life just a few days earlier, this is a recording from late night on the New Year bank holiday, January 2nd 1989.


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Brendan Gaffney

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2FM February 8th 1989

This is Gerry Ryan with his morning show on RTÉ 2FM from February 8th 1989, which starts just after the 9am News.

This is Gerry Ryan with his morning show on RTÉ 2FM from February 8th 1989, which starts just after the 9am News.

Photo is courtesy of RTÉ

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Century FM September 2nd 1991

This is Century FM, the national licensed station, from Monday, September 2nd 1991.
First, we hear from Scott Williams just after the 10am News and then from Greg Gaughran on the afternoon shift from just after the 2pm News

This is Century FM, the national licensed station, from Monday, September 2nd 1991.
First, we hear from Scott Williams just after the 10am News and then from Greg Gaughran on the afternoon shift from just after the 2pm News.

Scott Williams

Greg Gaughran

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Radio Caroline Dublin September 1993

From an unknown day in September 1993 this is Radio Caroline Dublin broadcasting from a north Dublin suburb on 102.5MHz. Peter Black is the presenter for this recording.

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg / DX Archive. This recording was originally donated to DX Archive by Prince Terry.

Club FM August 30th 1994

This is the Dublin station Club FM from August 30th 1994. Dave Power is on air for the morning show, recorded off 106.4MHz from 9.25am.

This is the Dublin station Club FM from August 30th 1994. Dave Power is on air for the morning show, recorded off 106.4MHz from 9.25am.


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Kiss 103 October 25th 1994

This is Dave Adams (pictured) on the Kiss 103 Breakfast Show from 7am on October 25th 1994. Kiss 103 was a Dublin-based pirate station.

This is Dave Adams (pictured) on the Kiss 103 Breakfast Show from 7am on October 25th 1994. Kiss 103 was a Dublin-based pirate station.
The recording is mainly airchecked.

Photo is courtesy of Mike Ormonde.

This recording is part of a collection of cassettes donated by Mike Ormonde. We thank him. We are digitising the cassettes and the originals will be returned to him.
If you have cassettes that you’d like to have digitised then returned to you, along with the digital files, please write to recordings@radiowaves.fm


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The Vibe May 26th 1996

This is Ciarán Browne on the Dublin dance music pirate station The Vibe from the afternoon of May 26th 1996.
The recording is edited in parts.

This recording is by kind courtesy of Ciarán Brannelly.
If you have any cassettes, mp3s or Mixcloud/SoundCloud hosted recordings that we could use please get in touch at recordings@radiowaves.fm.
We also welcome any other radio memorabilia such as photos, image scans etc.


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ABC 94FM 1996

From an unknown date in 1996 this is a recording of an outside broadcast from Dublin’s ABC 94FM. There’s also a sample of some of the advertisements which ran on the station at the time.

This recording has been converted from a cassette kindly donated by Brendan Gaffney.

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Spectrum FM October 13th 1996

This is a recording of the first half hour of Ger Roe’s Sunday afternoon programme on the Dublin pirate station Spectrum FM. It was recorded on October 13th 1996 from 2pm and the station had just changed frequency to 105.3MHz.


This recording is by kind courtesy of Ger Roe.
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Spectrum FM April 27th 1997

This is Dublin pirate radio station Spectrum 105 from the afternoon of April 27th 1997. The recording features the first 40 minutes of Ger Roe’s programme from 2pm, taken off 105.3MHz.


This recording is by kind courtesy of Ger Roe.
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Spectrum FM July 9th 1997

This recording of the Dublin alternative music station Spectrum FM is from July 9th 1997 and features Pete Reed from 7.30pm on 105.3MHz.
Interestingly, this recording was made near Blackpool during an FM lift. There are one or two crackles, fades and breakthough from other stations which were also coming through during the lift.

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Freedom FM November 2000

From an unknown date in November 2000 this is Mike O’Brien on Dublin’s pirate station Freedom 92FM.

Freedom FM April 29th 2002

This is Mike O'Brien (right) on the Dublin pirate station Freedom 92FM from the afternoon of April 29th 2002. The recording starts at 4.10pm and is off 92.0MHz.

This is Mike O’Brien (right) on the Dublin pirate station Freedom 92FM from the afternoon of April 29th 2002. The recording starts at 4.10pm and is off 92.0MHz.


This recording is by kind courtesy of Mike O’Brien

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Freedom FM September 13th 2002

From Friday 13th September 2002 this is Mike O'Brien and Nikki (pictured) on Drive for Freedom 92FM, the Dublin pirate station. We join the shenanigans at 5pm.

From Friday 13th September 2002 this is Mike O’Brien and Nikki (pictured) on Drive for Freedom 92FM, the Dublin pirate station. We join the shenanigans at 5pm.


This recording is by kind courtesy of Mike O’Brien

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CKR FM August 6th 2003

From August 6th 2003 this is a recording of ‘Nighttime CKR’ with Mike O’Brien sitting in for Ronan Davitt from 9pm.

From August 6th 2003 this is a recording of 'Nighttime CKR' with Mike O'Brien sitting in for Ronan Davitt from 9pm.

If you have any radio station recordings – whether on cassette or mp3 or hosted on Mixcloud/Soundcloud – that we can archive here, please get in touch. Recordings@radiowaves.fm

Sugar FM March 1st 2004

This is a recording from the launch night of the Dublin pirate station Sugar FM. After a few months on test, Sugar FM launched on 92.0MHz FM on the evening of March 1st 2004 with most of the presenter line up in the studio to say hello to the listeners.
First on the mic is Al Murray & Ivano Cafello. They're followed by Jason McKay. Next is Mike O'Brien in the company of Wayne Scales. Then we hear from Dave C & Lar Wright.
Jason McKay and Al Murray
Courtesy Mike O’Brien

This is a recording from the launch night of the Dublin pirate station Sugar FM. After a few months on test, Sugar FM launched on 92.0MHz FM on the evening of March 1st 2004 with most of the presenter line up in the studio to say hello to the listeners.

First on the mic is Al Murray & Ivano Cafello. They’re followed by Jason McKay. Next is Mike O’Brien in the company of Wayne Scales. Then we hear from Dave C & Lar Wright.

Sugar FM station page


This recording is from a cassette kindly donated by Mike O’Brien
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LMFM Radio October 14th 2005

From October 14th 2005, this is Adrienne O'Hora making her debut on LMFM, the licensed radio station for Louth/Meath. The recording starts from just after 9pm and is off 95.5MHz.
Photo: Star DJs

From October 14th 2005, this is Adrienne O’Hora making her debut on LMFM, the licensed radio station for Louth/Meath. The recording starts from just after 9pm and is off 95.5MHz.

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Fun FM September 18th 2006

This is Fun FM, a dance music pirate based in Dublin, recorded off 101.3MHz FM on September 18th 2006 from 6.20pm. Deco F is the DJ.

Rhythm FM September 19th 2006

This is a recording of Rhythm FM, the Dublin dance music pirate station, which at this time was broadcasting on 94.1MHz. The date was September 19th 2006, starting at 9pm.

Listen here

If you have any recordings on cassette or mp3 that you’d like to donate to our Irish Radio Recordings Archive please drop a line to recordings@radiowaves.fm.
We also welcome photos and any other radio memorabilia.

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Phoenix 107 May 28th 1987

This is Tony Allan on the south Dublin pirate Phoenix FM on the morning of May 28th 1987. The recording is edited in places but is very enjoyable nonetheless.

This is Tony Allan on the south Dublin pirate Phoenix FM on the morning of May 28th 1987. The recording is edited in places but is very enjoyable nonetheless.

Recording is thanks to Mike Ormonde
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Radio ERI April 13th 1983

From the morning of April 13th 1983 this is a recording of the Cork pirate Radio ERI. First it’s the end of Steve Marshall’s show, which is followed by the 9am News – read by Don Allen (pictured). After the News Paul Graham takes over.

Steve Marshall

Paul Graham


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Radio ERI May 19th 1983

This is a recording of Paul Graham’s show from the morning of May 19th 1983. This is interesting because Radio Nova had been raided the day before and there were to be developments whilst Paul, who was temporary Station Manager, was on the air.
Lynsey Shelbourne and Don Allen are on Newsreading duties.

Listen


This recording is from the Chris Ridley Collection

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Radio ERI July 3rd 1983

This is Don Allen on Cork’s Radio ERI on the afternoon of July 3rd 1983. The recording, which was made from 102FM, starts just as the 4pm News comes to an end.

Listen


This recording is courtesy of Ian Biggar / DX Archive

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Radio ERI August 6th 1983

This recording features Liam Quigley on Radio ERI in Cork from the morning of August 6th 1983.

Listen


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Radio ERI October 22nd 1983

This is a recording of a live outside broadcast from Wilton Shopping Centre with John Blake on location for Radio ERI in Cork on Saturday, October 22nd 1983.
It is split into two parts, the first starts at just after 3pm and then we rejoin the broadcast at around 4.40pm.

3pm

4.40pm

This is a recording of a live outside broadcast from Wilton Shopping Centre with John Blake on location for Radio ERI in Cork on Saturday, October 22nd 1983.
It is split into two parts, the first starts at just after 3pm and then we rejoin the broadcast at around 4.40pm.
Cutting is thanks to Joe O’Connor

This recording has been used by kind permission of our friends at Pirate.ie and was originally recorded by Leon Tipler.

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Hits 106 July 9th 1997

This is a recording of the Dún Laoghaire based Hits 106 from July 9th 1997. Chris Foley is on the air from 6pm.

This is a recording of the Dún Laoghaire based Hits 106 from July 9th 1997. Chris Foley is on the air from 6pm.

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Bray Local Broadcasting August 14th 1981

This recording was made during a visit by a DX Archive touring party in August 1981. Joe Bollard (pictured during this recording) is the presenter of ‘Morning Mixture’, recorded off 828kHz.
Ken Baird, one of the tour party, later wrote: “Joe [was] blind and was helped by a young lad [who] fetched the music for him. Joe cued up the records himself, putting the stylus under a little strain. It was amazing to watch.”

Listen

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Radio Leinster August 15th 1981

This is Gordon Summerville on the Dublin pirate Radio Leinster from August 1981.
The recording starts at just after 10am.

Recorded during a visit by some touring British Anoraks, this is Radio Leinster from August 15th 1981. Starting at 2.17pm, this was made off 738kHz.

Listen or download

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Kildare Community Radio August 15th 1981

This is Kildare Community Radio, a Naas-based pirate station. Made on August 15th 1981, these recordings were made by the DX Archive team during a visit to the station. The photo of the studio was also taken at that time.

This is Kildare Community Radio, a Naas-based pirate station. Made on August 15th 1981, these recordings were made by the DX Archive team during a visit to the station. The photo of the studio was also taken at that time.

4.30pm

6.30pm


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This Kildare Community Radio recording is by kind courtesy of DX Archive


WKRC August 15th 1981

This is WKRC, a pirate station based in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Made on August 15th 1981, this recording was made by the DX Archive team during a visit to the station. The photo of Pat Martin in the studio was also taken at that time.

This is WKRC, a pirate station based in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Made on August 15th 1981, this recording was made by the DX Archive team during a visit to the station. The photo of Pat Martin in the studio was also taken at that time.

Radio Retro: archiving Irish Radio Recordings since 2002
This WKRC recording is by kind courtesy of DX Archive

Suirside Radio August 18th 1981

From August 18th 1981 this is Suirside Radio in Waterford. This recording was made by a touring party from what is now the DX Archive website

From August 18th 1981 this is Suirside Radio in Waterford. This recording was made by a touring party from what is now the DX Archive website

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Waterford Local Radio August 18th 1981

This is a recording of Waterford Local Radio from August 1981 which was made by a touring party of Anoraks from Britain.


WLR Station Page


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Big D August 19th 1981

This is Tony Allan on the Dublin pirate Big D Radio on August 19th 1981 from 5.53pm.
The photo was taken by a DX Archive touring party during this show.


Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts since 2002


Open Tempo FM November 5th 2016

From November 2016, this is the Waterford pirate radio station Open Tempo FM, which broadcasts on 105.1MHz. This recording is a Mad Blaa Special with Nirvana Tribute lead singer John O'Connor in the studio.

From November 2016, this is the Waterford pirate radio station Open Tempo FM, which broadcasts on 105.1MHz. This recording is a Mad Blaa Special with Nirvana Tribute lead singer John O’Connor in the studio.

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002

Freedom FM October 17th 2021

After an absence of 18 years Freedom FM returned to FM broadcasting in 2021 with a 30 day temporary licence, which came to an end on October 17th. This is a selection of programmes from the final day on FM, which was available across Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick.

After an absence of 18 years Freedom FM returned to FM broadcasting in 2021 with a 30 day temporary licence, which came to an end on October 17th. This is a selection of programmes from the final day on FM, which was available across Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick.

8am: Wayne Scales with ‘Weekend Breakfast’

Midday: Greg Browne with his final FM show.

Midday: Greg Browne with his final FM show.

4pm: Momstrife with Louise Scott

6pm: The Weekender with Vinny S

8pm: RnB Sessions with Al Murray

Seán Power is on air with an hour of love songs.

11pm: Seán Power is on air with an hour of love songs.

Radio Retro: archiving Irish radio broadcasts since 2002

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