And so, the day had finally arrived. December 31st, the last day of The Great Irish Radio Experiment. The FM and MW wavebands were already hugely depleted, and worse – much worse – was to come, of course.
Meanwhile, the Saturday morning papers were out and, as expected, they continued to provide lots of material on the developing historic situation.
It was now starting to dawn on the general public that their favourite stations had closed, or were about to close, never to return (at least not in the same form).
The front page of The Irish Times had a picture of a distraught Robbie & Stella Robinson as Sunshine Radio closes. Robbie’s project took eight years of love and nurturing to make it the top station in the country. It took the government just a few days to kill it stone dead.
Meanwhile, in The Star, pages 2 & 3 were dedicated to the closedowns. The reporting style is rather unfortunate (and the ‘joke’ wears very thin by paragraph ten) but it also serves as a great document from the time.
Column 1 below: After all the confusion surrounding Cooke’s court case yesterday, today’s newspapers clarify the situation.
Column 2 below: There was a fair bit of Sunshine, as you’d expect. The 6pm closure yesterday left station owners, staff, and listeners – of which there were many – absolutely inconsolable.
Column 3 below: Some articles focusing on the situation in the Cork area – thanks to The Cork Examiner and The Irish Times
Next, we go to the final afternoon with lots of activity, particularly in the north-east
Afternoon closures –December 31st
ABC Radio; Big M; Bray Local Broadcasting; Breffni Regional Radio; Carlow Local Radio; Centre Radio; Community Radio Fingal; Donegal Community Radio; ERI; RadioFax Galtee Radio; Heartbeat FM; Hope FM; ICBS; Independent Radio Longford; Kiss FM (Monaghan); Kiss FM (Tullamore); Kiss 106;
KLFJ; Liberty 104; Midway Radio; North Dublin Community Radio; Power 98; Pulsar 98; Radio Snowflake; Raidió Luimní; Signal 106; Tallaght Community Radio; Treble TR; WABC; Waterford Local Radio; West Coast Radio West National Radio 3; WKLR; Zee 103;