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Radio Dublin April 14th 1978

From April 14th 1978 this is Éamon Cooke on the offensive in an incredible broadcast on Radio Dublin in the aftermath of a major split in personnel.

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Community Radio Drogheda April 7th 1982

This is a recording of Gavin Duffy (right) on Community Radio Drogheda, the Louth station which was a split from Boyneside Radio.  Taken from their 98.5MHz outlet, the date is April 7th 1982 and runs from 12.45pm.

This is a recording of Gavin Duffy (right) on Community Radio Drogheda, the Louth station which was a split from Boyneside Radio. Taken from their 98.5MHz outlet, the date is April 7th 1982 and runs from 12.45pm. Richard Kenny reads the News.

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Radio City April 8th 1982

This is a recording of Radio City, the Dublin pirate station, from April 8th 1982. Tommy Flanagan is on the air from 7.45am.
Radio City studio
(Thanks to DXArchive)

This is a recording of Radio City, the Dublin pirate station, from April 8th 1982. Tommy Flanagan is on the air from 7.45am.

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Telstar Community Radio April 24th 1982

From 1982, this is Telstar Community Radio from Dundalk in Co Louth.
We catch the final few moments of the Open House programme with John Henry and Terry Lynn. Then from 1pm, Éamonn Doyle is on 1197kHz.


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Kiss FM April 9th 1983

This is a recording of Kiss Rocks with Denis Murray (pictured) on Kiss FM in Dublin from April 9th 1983. The recording starts at 10.30pm and was taken from 102.7MHz.
Thanks to Richie Wild

This is a recording of Kiss Rocks with Denis Murray (pictured) on Kiss FM in Dublin from April 9th 1983. The recording starts at 10.30pm and was taken from 102.7MHz.

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Radio Dublin April 10th 1983

This is Mike Barron on Radio Dublin on the morning of April 10th 1983, just as the 7am News (lifted from RTÉ) is finishing.

This is Mike Barron on Radio Dublin on the morning of April 10th 1983, just as the 7am News (lifted from RTÉ) is finishing.

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Radio Leinster April 13th 1983

This is the Dublin pirate station Radio Leinster with DJ Lee on the air with his programme 'Bumper to Bumper' from April 13th 1982.
The recording starts just as the 5pm News, read by Al Dunne, is about to start and we also hear a few moments from the end of Daphne Mitchell's programme.

This is the Dublin pirate station Radio Leinster with DJ Lee on the air with his programme ‘Bumper to Bumper’ from April 13th 1983.
The recording starts just as the 5pm News, read by Al Dunne, is about to start and we also hear a few moments from the end of Daphne Mitchell’s programme.

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This recording is thanks to Jess Codd

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Radio Carousel October 27th 1983

Broadcasting across the Radio Carousel Network this is the 'Kieran Murray Mid-Morning Musical Mixture' from 9.41am on October 27th 1983.
Kieran Murray at Carousel in Dundalk

Broadcasting across the Radio Carousel Network this is the ‘Kieran Murray Mid-Morning Musical Mixture’ from 9.41am on October 27th 1983.

This recording is with thanks to Keith Lewis; photo courtesy of DX Archive

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Radio Sligo February 18th 1984

This is a recording of a test transmission from Radio Sligo.

This is a recording of a test transmission from Radio Sligo. It was made on February 18th 1984 and marks the station's return to the air on 237metres following an incident ten days earlier when a former DJ entered the studio to steal the transmitter and destroy the station's equipment

It was made on February 18th 1984 and marks the station’s return to the air on 237metres following an incident ten days earlier when a former DJ entered the studio to steal the transmitter and destroy the station’s equipment.


The act of vandalism led to a court case…

This is a recording of a test transmission from Radio Sligo. It was made on February 18th 1984 and marks the station's return to the air on 237metres following an incident ten days earlier when a former DJ entered the studio to steal the transmitter and destroy the station's equipment

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Inner City Radio August 18th 1984

This is a recording of the Dublin pirate station Inner City Radio from Saturday, August 18th 1984. Taken from 981kHz and starting at 1pm this is Doctor Don’s comedy programme.
Dr Don during a Channel D television broadcast

This is a recording of the Dublin pirate station Inner City Radio from Saturday, August 18th 1984. Taken from 981kHz and starting at 1pm this is Doctor Don’s comedy programme.

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Sunshine Radio September 14th 1984

This is Robbie Dale on the Dublin superpirate Sunshine Radio from the morning of September 14th 1984.

Robbie Dale

This recording is from a cassette very kindly donated by Keith Lewis

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Q102 April 2nd 1985

This is a recording of Jason Maine on the Dublin pirate Q102 from April 2nd 1985. The recording starts at 11.40am.

This is a recording of Jason Maine on the Dublin pirate Q102 from April 2nd 1985. The recording starts at 11.40am.

Jason Maine


This recording is courtesy of Ian Biggar
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Magic 103 April 28th 1985

This is the very first programme that aired on Magic 103, the 'News & Information Station' for Dublin which was a Radio Nova sister station based in Upper Leeson Street. Following a few days of looped announcements on 103.5MHz, the station went live on April 28th 1985 with Bob Gallico's Classical Collection, following the networked news with Nova at 6pm read by Dave Johnson.
Bob Gallico on Magic 103
Photo by kind courtesy of Paul Buckle

This is the very first programme that aired on Magic 103, the ‘News & Information Station’ for Dublin which was a Radio Nova sister station based in Upper Leeson Street. Following a few days of looped announcements on 103.5MHz, the station went live on April 28th 1985 with Bob Gallico’s Classical Collection, following the networked news with Nova at 6pm read by Dave Johnson.

Note: This recording was made in Blackpool from 103.5MHz and suffers from a degree of fading and interference.

Bob Gallico

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Magic 103 April 30th 1985

From April 30th 1985 this is a recording of Magic 103, the ‘News & Information Station’ for Dublin, which was based in 144 Upper Leeson St. This is the third day of broadcasting by the Radio Nova sister station.

First, we hear from Mark Weller, who is followed by Shane McGowan.

4.35pm Mark Weller

6pm Shane McGowan

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Big M Radio August 7th 1985

This is Monaghan pirate Big M Radio from the morning of August 7th 1985. The recording starts at 9am.

This is Monaghan pirate Big M Radio from the morning of August 7th 1985. The recording starts at 9am.


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Q102 October 16th 1985

This is a recording of Greg Gaughran on Dublin pirate Q102 from October 16th 1985. We join the show at 5.10pm. 
Gary Hamill reads the News (pictured).

This is a recording of Greg Gaughran on Dublin pirate Q102 from October 16th 1985. We join the show at 5.10pm.
Gary Hamill reads the News (pictured).

Greg Gaughran

Thanks to Keith Lewis for donating this cassette recording and to Richie Wild for the photograph

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Zoom 103 March 19th 1986

This is a recording of the first live programming on Zoom 103, the very short-lived station that launched as Radio Nova was shutting down.

In the first recording we hear how Zoom 103 arrived – as an unidentified continuous music service that replaced Radio Nova on FM on the day Radio Nova was forced to close down. Nova’s FM transmitter on 103.1MHz was switched off just after the 3pm News and Zoom 103 was switched on.

Non-stop music continued long after Radio Nova’s 6pm closedown until the first live link at 10.15pm with Richard Jackson.

Zoom 103 March 20th 1986

Having arrived on the air just as Radio Nova was forced to shut down the day before, Zoom 103 went fully live on March 20th 1986 with the exact same line-up as Radio Nova, all in the exact same slots.
This recording features an hour of Tony McKenzie’s show from just after the midday News, read by Bob Gallico.

Tony McKenzie

Having arrived on the air just as Radio Nova was forced to shut down the day before, Zoom 103 went fully live on March 20th 1986 with the exact same line-up as Radio Nova, all in the exact same slots.
This recording features an hour of Tony McKenzie's show from just after the midday News, read by Bob Gallico.

LLCR April 23rd 1986

This is a recording of Liberties Local Community Radio from April 23rd 1987. We join the Dublin station just as Dave Felton is finishing his show. He's followed by Curt Jackson on air from 7pm

This is a recording of Liberties Local Community Radio from April 23rd 1986. We join the Dublin station just as Dave Felton is finishing his show. He’s followed by Curt Jackson on air from 7pm.

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Radio West May 4th 1986

This is an edition of Radio West’s Anorak Show from Sunday, May 4th 1986.
Seán Coyne and Philip Hilton present the week’s anorak news and gossip.

Radio West station page

This Radio West recording is with thanks to DX Archive

Q102 December 17th 1986

From December 17th 1986 this is Greg Gaughran, aided and abetted by Anne Cassin (right), on the Dublin pirate Q102. The recording starts at 5.30pm.

From December 17th 1986 this is Greg Gaughran, aided and abetted by Anne Cassin (right), on the Dublin pirate Q102. The recording starts at 5.30pm.


This recording, and image of Anne Cassin in the Q102 Newsroom, is courtesy of Richie Wild
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Q102 station page

ABC Radio April 4th 1987

From Waterford's ABC Radio this is a recording from April 4th 1987.

From Waterford’s ABC Radio this is a recording from April 4th 1987.

As Friday night turns to Saturday morning, this is Timmy Ryan with Rock 101..

From 8.30am this is John Savage with the Breakfast programme…

Energy 103 November 5th 1987

From the morning of November 5th 1987 this is a recording of The Breakfast Club from Energy 103 with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore, plus the usual array of comic characters. 
We join the show on 103.0MHz from 7.50am.

From the morning of November 5th 1987 this is a recording of The Breakfast Club from Energy 103 with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore, plus the usual array of comic characters.
We join the show on 103.0MHz from 7.50am.

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Q102 May 17th 1988

This is a recording of Jason Maine on Dublin superpirate Q102 from 12.15pm on May 17th 1988.

This is a recording of Jason Maine on Dublin superpirate Q102 from 12.15pm on May 17th 1988.

Q102 station page


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Zee 103 January 29th 1989

Recorded off 103.25MHz this is Zee 103, the border-blasting pirate station located in Omeath, Co Louth. The station had ceased broadcasting 'for good' at the end of 1988 with the introduction of a new Broadcast Bill but decided to make a return not long into the new year.
From a Sunday evening at the end of January 1989 this is Mike Miller from 11pm.

Recorded off 103.25MHz this is Zee 103, the border-blasting pirate station located in Omeath, Co Louth. The station had ceased broadcasting ‘for good’ at the end of 1988 with the introduction of a new Broadcast Bill but decided to make a return not long into the new year.
From a Sunday evening at the end of January 1989 this is Mike Miller from 11pm.


This recording was made by Rodney Neill

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Zee 103 station page

Radio Star Country February 16th 1989

This is the legendary Don Allen defiantly broadcasting on Radio Star Country just a few weeks after the introduction of tough new measures against pirate broadcasters. The date is February 16th 1989 and Don is on the air for the morning show from just after 9am.

This is the legendary Don Allen defiantly broadcasting on Radio Star Country just a few weeks after the introduction of tough new measures against pirate broadcasters. The date is February 16th 1989 and Don is on the air for the morning show from just after 9am.


This recording is by kind courtesy of Ken Baird / DX Archive

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Premier Radio April 16th 1989

This is close to a full day’s programming from Premier Radio in April 1989. At this stage, the Dublin station broadcast on Sundays only for just 2-3 hours.

This is close to a full day's programming from Premier Radio in April 1989. At this stage, the Dublin station broadcast on Sundays only for just 2-3 hours.

On this particular day, Greg Townsend opens the station at 3pm for a two hour stint on the mic. He is followed at 5pm by Dave Jackson..

Greg Townsend

Dave Jackson


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Hot 103 October 26th 1990

This is a short, airchecked sample of test transmissions on a Friday night in October 1990 from Dublin pirate Hot 103. The recording was made off 103.7MHz.

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This recording is courtesy of Ian Biggar
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DLR 106FM October 16th 1992

From just after 8.30pm on October 16th 1992, this is a short sample of DLR 106FM's Remix Buzz Chart.
This Dublin station was local to Dun Laoghaire.

From just after 8.30pm on October 16th 1992, this is a short sample of DLR 106FM’s Remix Buzz Chart.
This Dublin station was local to Dún Laoghaire.

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Club FM May 28th 1993

Broadcasting on 98.5MHz FM from Limerick, this is a recording of Club FM on a test transmission in May 1993.

Radio Dublin July 8th 1993

This is Adam Jackson on air on a Thursday afternoon on Radio Dublin during their 'love-songs' phase. The recording was taken from their 101.7MHz outlet on July 8th 1993.

This is Adam Jackson on air on a Thursday afternoon on Radio Dublin during their ‘love-songs’ phase. The recording was taken from their 101.7MHz outlet on July 8th 1993.


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DLR 106FM July 9th 1993

This is Les Vickers on the air for DLR 106FM, which was based in Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. The recording starts at 2pm and is taken from 106.0MHz.

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KRXY Y108 July 11th 1993

From July 11th 1993 this is the Louth station Y108 with Billy McKenzie on the air from just after 5pm on 108.0MHz.


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Kiss FM July 11th 1993

This is the Co Louth station Kiss FM from July 11th 1993 in a recording which starts just as the 6pm News comes on.


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Radio Nova July 16th 1993

This is a recording of Radio Nova from Omeath in Co Louth on 87.9MHz. Pete Douglas is on the air on July 16th 1993.


With thanks to Chris Ridley
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Kiss 103 May 7th 1994

This is Kiss 103 from the evening of May 7th 1994 with John McKenzie on the air. The Dublin pirate station had just recommenced broadcasting following a raid on their mountain site earlier in the day. The recording is airchecked and is taken from 103.2MHz.


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Sunset FM June 7th 1994

From June 7th 1994 this is an airchecked recording of Gary Hayes on Sunset FM, the Dublin dance music station.

From June 7th 1994 this is an airchecked recording of Gary Hayes on Sunset FM, the Dublin dance music station.

This Sunset FM recording is by kind courtesy of Gary Byrne

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Sunset FM station page

Sunset FM August 15th 1994

This is an airchecked recording of Gary Hayes on the Dublin dance music pirate station Sunset 107 from the evening of August 15th 1994.

This is an airchecked recording of Gary Hayes on the Dublin dance music pirate station Sunset 107 from the evening of August 15th 1994.

This Sunset FM recording is by kind courtesy of Gary Byrne

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Radio City 1994

This is a recording of Radio City, broadcasting from Rathmines in south Dublin, on 94 & 105FM. Dave Murray is on the air from 9.30pm on a Saturday night in 1994.

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Sunset FM August 16th 1994

This is an airchecked recording of Gary Hayes on the Dublin dance music pirate station Sunset 107 from the evening of August 16th 1994.

This is an airchecked recording of Gary Hayes on the Dublin dance music pirate station Sunset 107 from the evening of August 16th 1994.

This Sunset FM recording and image is by kind courtesy of Gary Byrne.

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Kiss FM December 2nd 2001

This is Dublin station Kiss FM recorded from 9pm on December 2nd 2001. Keith Downey is the DJ and at this point, the station were broadcasting on 105.8MHz.

This is a recording of Kiss FM, the Dublin dance music pirate, from November 23rd 2001. At this point, the station were broadcasting on 105.8MHz.

Power FM February 6th 2002

This is a recording of a station that appeared sporadically in Dublin in the early naughties. Seán B is on the air on 106.1MHz from 7.45pm.
This recording was made from a weak signal area.

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Spin 1038 April 26th 2002

Spin 1038

From the very early days of Spin 1038, the Dublin licensed station serving the youth audience, this is a recording of the Zoo Crew from 7.15pm on April 26th 2002. Ray (Foley) and Clionadh (O’Leary) are the presenters and they start their show reacting to comments made on the old Radiowaves Message Boards. Seán (McCarthy) presents ‘The Story’.

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WXTC May 22nd 2002

This is Dublin station WXTC from the period when they were on 91.6MHz FM in Dublin. This recording of the station's specialist Metal show starts at 9.30pm. In their downtime WXTC relayed BBC Radio 5 Live.

This is Dublin station WXTC from May 22nd 2002, during the period when they were on 91.6MHz FM in Dublin. This recording of the station’s specialist Metal show starts at 9.30pm. In their downtime WXTC relayed BBC Radio 5 Live.


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The Anorak Hour #369

This is edition number 369 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast over the station’s webstream on July 20th 2003.

In this week’s show, there’s a follow-up to last week’s Radio Nova Zoo Crew feature with a sample of the launch of the new Dublin’s Country Breakfast Show featuring Dave Harvey and Bob Gallico, two of the presenters from the Nova version.

Next, there’s a recording of the satellite version of Radio Caroline featuring Sarah Miles from August 1999.

Then it’s back locally to Dublin with the Oldies Show from Freedom 92FM, one of the stations who have failed to return following Black Tuesday.

The next recording features an old favourite of the airwaves, Simon Young, in his early days with Big D, followed by a later clip from July 1999 with his 2FM Oldies show.

Then it’s back to 1988 when all the pirate stations closed and indulged in nostalgia, including Treble TR. This clip features Aidan Cooney on-air with station owner Jim Smith.

Next, there’s another station who failed to reappear following the infamous ComReg raids in May. This recording samples The Deep End on Jazz FM.

Then we go across the Atlantic to New York with WQHT, Hot 97FM from 1989.

Final archive is an airing for the Big D song.

The show finishes with a look at this week’s news.

Premier FM September 19th 2004

Stereo Steve (Kieran Murray) with Avril Keogh

From September 19th 2004 this is an airchecked recording of ‘The Classic Chart Countdown’ with Stereo Steve on Premier FM’s first temporary licence run on 94.9MHz in Dublin. Avril Keogh reads the News.
The former pirate station were broadcasting from a studio located in the Russell Court Hotel on Harcourt Street.

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This recording and image are by very kind courtesy of Kieran Murray
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Premier FM page

Classic Hits March 28th 2021

This is a recording of Dusty Rhodes on his final Sunday Night 90s show for Classic Hits as broadcast on March 28th 2021.
Dusty had been with the station for over two years but decided to leave due to time constraints.

This is a recording of Dusty Rhodes on his final Sunday Night 90s show for Classic Hits as broadcast on March 28th 2021.
Dusty had been with the station for over two years but decided to leave due to time constraints.

This recording has been archived with thanks to Shannan McBride.

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