The Radio Nova Story
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The raids on Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio

The sensational story of when the government took on Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio, two of the country’s biggest pirate stations, and the aftermath
The story is told chronologically using station recordings, interviews, press cuttings and photographs and this section serves to document an incredible few days in the history of Irish radio.

Chronologically presented is a selection of press cuttings, along with broadcasts and final closedowns, exactly as they went out on air during that hectic period at the end of 1988 when new legislation was introduced which effectively forced dozens of blossoming radio stations off the air.

In these Radiowaves-exclusive articles, legendary presenter Pat Courtenay shares his views, ideas, experience, and tips with our visitors…includes special interviews at the time of his return to Dublin radio.

A detailed look at RTÉ’s jamming campaigns against a number of stations between 1982 and 1984.
[Work in progress]

Radio Dublin ‘The Big D’

In April 1978 one of the most infamous instances in Dublin’s radio history occurred when a new station, Big D Radio, was formed by mutinous Radio Dublin staff whilst Éamonn Cooke, the station owner, was on holiday.

Read and listen to the full incredible story here.

A Day in the Life of Cork’s FM Band

John Fleming reports on a day spent tuning into Cork’s radio stations… first published September 2004

Premier FM – Thanks for the Memories

At the end of Premier FM’s first licensed run, Paul Shepherd, one of the station’s management team, spoke to Radiowaves.FM about the past, the present, and what the future holds…

The Radio 4U Story by Patrik Garten

One of the lesser known stations of the pre-1988 era, this is the full acccount of the life of a radio station, from the first thoughts, through its birth, life and death – and aftermath…