‘Agus anois an nuacht’ from Radio Connemara was a headline from The Cork Examiner dated April 1st 1970
‘Pirate’ radio in Gaeltacht was a headline from The Evening Herald dated April 2nd 1970
Connemara Free Radio goes on the air was a headline from The Tuam Herald dated April 4th 1970
Plans for pirate radio station was a newspaper headline from The Western Journal dated January 27th 1978
Pirate radio boom was a newspaper headline from The Connacht Tribune dated February 17th 1978
Radio Rag Week becomes the first-ever pirate radio station to broadcast in Galway. It was operated from a secret location by UCG students citywide on a 202metres medium wave.
Pirates take to the air was a newspaper headline from The Connacht Sentinel dated February 21st 1978
Battle of the airwaves as pirates split was an article from The City Tribune dated February 8th 1985.
Pirate radio closed down was a headline from The Cork Examiner dated June 14th 1986
Pirate station hauls down ‘Jolly Roger’ in battle of airwaves! was a newspaper headline from The Evening Herald dated February 6th 1987
Mystery closure of pirate radio station was a headline from The City Tribune dated July 3rd 1987
Lorraine’s £1,000 letdown as mystery deepens over pirate radio closure was a headline from The City Tribune dated July 10th 1987
Defiant City Pirates are to be Scuttled, Promises Government was a headline from The City Tribune from January 13th 1989.
Ex-pirate is latest runner in race for licence was a headline from The City Tribune dated January 20th 1989.
City Local Radio hearing is set for March is a headline from The Connacht Sentinel dated January 31st 1989.
City pirate station offering abortion advice still on air is a headline from The City Tribune from March 23rd 1990.
Pirate radio back on air is a headline from The City Tribune from February 28th 1992.
Galway Bay FM was featured in the City Tribune dated April 9th 1993.
Dept promises ‘appropriate action’ as city pirate radio station takes to the air was a headline from The City Tribune dated February 2nd 1996
Pirate queen making waves was a headline from The Irish Examiner dated January 17th 1997
A complaint made against the breakfast crew at Galway Bay FM could not be fully determined by the BCC because no recording of the incident was available. Presenters Jimmy Norman and Ollie Turner were accused by commercial producer Jonathan Davis of mocking his voice for a “substantial amount of time” after one of his adverts played on the station. The programme was heard by staff at Super Valu Gort, which was the subject of the advertisement. Davis felt that the incident was “totally unacceptable”, damaging the integrity of the product, the effectiveness of the advert and, most importantly, his voice – the tool of his trade. Calling it a clear case of slander, Davis claimed that even in the days before regulation of the radio sector on unlicensed stations everyone knew that adverts were sacrosanct.
The BCC requires broadcasters to retain recordings of their output for 90 days. However no recording was available of this incident, leading the BCC to find Galway Bay FM in breach of Section 26 of the Broadcasting Act 2001.
The station have apologised for any hurt the incident caused but claim that the presenters, who broadcast in a humorous manner, only referenced the content of the advertisement and not Davis himself. They further state that Davis has dealt with them on a number of occasions, and at times is quite demanding and condescending to those he deals with within their station.
Men finally get a say
Male issues to be aired on Radio Pirate Woman
Galway Bay FM are about to introduce a unique new feature by offering competition text alerts to listeners. From February 4th, the station will send out weekly texts with information on competitions and prizes that will be featured on Galway Bay FM shows the following week.
The station will also keep listeners updated with what is happening on “The Keith Finnegan Show” with daily text alerts about topics that will be featured on the show before it goes to air.
Galway Bay FM CEO Keith Finnegan is excited about this new interactive text facility. He says: “It’s yet another first for Galway Bay FM; it puts us in direct contact with our listeners and gives them the information before anyone else as to what is on your radio station and when. This is just another example of how modern radio is going direct to the listeners.”
Galway Bay FM Promotions Co-ordinator Padraic Flaherty adds: “This service is for people who want more from radio, which is what we are providing. E-technology coupled with radio will be a winning combination and we are confident that our listeners will embrace this service.”
Galway Bay FM are launching a competition next week in which the station will be giving away an 18ct, White Gold, Three Stone Diamond engagement ring. The ring has been hidden and clues about its location will be given on all shows on Galway Bay FM. Contestants have to guess the location to win the ring and a €200 voucher towards a wedding.
Promotions Co-ordinator Padraic Flaherty spoke about the upcoming ‘Diamond Hijack’: “This competition has got legs and will be very exciting to our listeners. What better way of celebrating Valentine’s Day than winning a diamond engagement ring. All you’ve got to do is collect the clues and win. Is it that easy, perhaps not, but you must listen and you could win.”