Why they’re not afraid of government threats in Radio Nova was a newspaper headline from the Evening Herald dated December 8th 1981
News team in a spin! was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated January 18th 1982
Radio pirates to launch breakfast TV was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated May 26th 1982
RTÉ jammed our signal was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated June 29th 1982
RTÉ in bid to thwart ‘piracy’ was a newspaper headline from The Cork Examiner dated July 7th 1982
Pirates ‘set to broadcast countrywide’ was a newspaper headline from The Irish Press dated September 2nd 1982
Man of record was a newspaper headline from The Irish Press dated September 16th 1982
I’m amazed says pirate Bob was a newspaper headline from the Sunday Independent dated January 23rd 1983
Irish radio pirates now look to Europe was a newspaper headline from the Sunday Independent dated January 30th 1983
Bob Gallico – the zaniest newscaster on the air was a newspaper article from the Evening Herald dated March 5th 1983
Battle on to control the money making airwaves was a newspaper headline from the Irish Independent dated March 8th 1983
Will the pirates rule the airwaves? was a newspaper headline from the Irish Press dated April 11th 1983
Pirates pirate the pirates was a newspaper headline from the Sunday World dated December 25th 1983
RTÉ’s last ditch campaign was a newspaper headline from The Irish Independent dated January 19th 1984
Nova claim that RTÉ are blacking out the pirates was a newspaper headline from The Evening Press dated January 19th 1984
Radio Nova is shutting down was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated February 2nd 1984
Radio Nova lays off 15 of staff was a newspaper headline from The Evening Press dated February 2nd 1984
RTÉ denies jamming pirate was a newspaper headline from The Irish Times dated February 4th 1984
Nova – RTÉ tests official was a newspaper headline from The Sunday Independent dated February 5th 1984
Pickets to go on Radio Nova was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated February 6th 1984
Ambulance row as RTÉ jams pirate was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated February 7th 1984
The Hot Press dated February 10th 1984
Radio Nova staff ‘non-union’ vote was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated February 11th 1984
Facing the ‘sack’ was a newspaper headline from The Sunday World dated February 19th 1984
Nova to close down following VAT claim was a newspaper headline from The Irish Press dated March 10th 1984
Disc jockey caused £1,500 damage was a newspaper headline from The Sligo Champion dated May 11th 1984
Newsman in terror of pirate boss was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated September 17th 1984
Nova News girl quits was an article from The Sunday World dated January 29th 1985.
Gaelic radio to have Patrick’s Day debut was a newspaper headline from The Belfast Telegraph dated March 12th 1985
Pirate chief shocked by raid was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated January 20th 1986
Nova bids to retain equipment was a newspaper headline from The Evening Press dated February 22nd 1986
The good, the bad and the ugly – it’s all just PR was a newspaper headline from The Sunday Press dated March 16th 1986
Cary denies irregularities at Radio Nova was a newspaper headline from The Irish Press dated March 20th 1986
Radio Nova taken over by Branson was a headline from The Irish Press dated January 21st 1989.
Master pirate cost Sky TV millions by cracking codes was a headline from The Irish News dated February 16th 1998
Ex-radio chief ‘masterminded’ TV cards scam was a headline from The Irish Independent dated February 17th 1998
Ex-pirate radio chief jailed for £30m Sky card scam was a headline from The Irish Independent dated April 3rd 1998
The Radio Caroline website reports that broadcasting legend Tony Allan is seriously ill in the Royal Free Hospital in London. Best remembered here in Ireland for his time at Radio Nova, Tony has also worked with Radio Caroline and R.N.I. The report on the website says that he wants no visitors at this time but he is feeling lonely and they ask that anyone who remembers him might send a card, letter or gift to their London offices.
Report: Alex Jenkins
Photo: Joseph King
XFM, the long-running alternative radio station broadcasting to Dublin on 107.9MHz, have launched a new-look website. It can be viewed at www.isis.ie/xfm/.
Report: Sean Hyland
In June 1981 the face of radio in Ireland was changed forever with the launch of Radio Nova. The Dublin mega-super-pirate is forever held up as a shining example of how to properly engage the listener and is still reverentially talked about to this day.
However, one of the original station’s favourite sons has done more than just talk – he’s acted. With a proposed launch date of June 29th 2021, 40 years to the day since the official start date of the original, Lawrence John plans to introduce the Radio Nova sound to a whole new generation.
In a statement just released, Lawrence says:
“With the time afforded to me during the first [Covid 19] lockdown in March last year, I had an opportunity to listen to the new FM stations licensed a few years after Radio Nova’s closure. I left Dublin before those stations were licensed, so I’d never heard any of them and presumed all was going well. So when I finally heard them for the first time…shock, horror, it was as if nobody had learned anything from Chris Cary and Radio Nova.
“The success of the pirates, and Nova in particular, was entirely due to the excitement, passion and creativity they offered compared to the safe and conservative output of RTÉ. Thirty years later and the whole thing has gone full circle, the newly licensed stations, have become mini-versions of RTÉ.
“Where did it all go wrong?!!
“Anyway, I started chatting to former colleagues who, to a man, were of a similar opinion and eventually I concluded something had to be done to remedy the situation. I started to produce some syndicated radio shows which I thought stations might use to give a bit more variety, or add a little spice to their output. However, after producing a few shows, I decided what Dublin really needed was another Radio Nova. So, I thought, why not re-launch Radio Nova. With my experience of founding and creating a number of stations, including Dublin’s original Q102 and the Northern Ireland super pirate Energy 106, it seemed like a good idea.
“My plans were met with a thumbs-up from my old Radio Nova colleagues and so I set about planning a relaunch and here we are three months later. Just like the original Nova the new version will also take time to put plans into place, but we’ll get there. The backbone of the musical output will be all the old Nova favourites, with similar-sounding new titles that Chris Cary himself might’ve added in the intervening years.
“You’ll also hear the original jingles, (remastered) some with a new twist and we’ve got some great new Radio Nova sweepers.”
The new Radio Nova have already lodged an application for a DAB licence in Belfast and Lawrence aims to push for both a DAB and FM licence in Dublin.
He continues: “Of course, you can’t put the genie back in the bottle but, if the newly-relaunched Radio Nova is even half as good as the original, it should be twice as good as any FM station in Dublin. I should add that, unlike Dublin’s FM stations which are mostly run by big radio groups, the new Nova will be run on a not-for-profit basis.
“Radio Nova (or Radio Nova – Smooth Hits to avoid confusion with other Novas around the world) is all about the music. Check out the memories and previews daily initially 7-9pm in the coming weeks with looped, syndicated shows from Casey Kasem, Rick Dees and Gary Owens – all big favourites on the original Radio Nova.”
Until a DAB or FM licence comes along the station will be available online.
Listen 24/7 directly on their website radionovainternational.co or on your smart speaker. Say “Alexa, play Radio Nova – Smooth Hits.
Or visit their Facebook page here.”