The Raids of 1983 Part 6

Part 6: Kicking Up a Racket

Cartoon at the time of the 1983 Raids
Courtesy of The Irish Times

MARCHING ON TOGETHER

On the morning of May 20th radio listeners in Dublin were left with a choice of Westside Radio (Mulhuddart); ABC Radio (city centre); DDLB (Drimnagh) and Radio Dublin – RTÉ aside of course.

The capital’s longest-running pirate station Radio Dublin revelled in stirring it up and delighted in being the centre of the radio world’s attention – a throwback to the station’s heyday in the late ’70s.

With a protest march organised for Friday 27th, on this particular Friday at 58 Inchicore Road they opened the phone lines to an unhappy Dublin listenership.

This is Mike Barron from 9.30am…

The morning’s newspapers

Irish Independent front page from May 20th 1983 - Radio Nova closedown
Irish Press front page from May 20th 1983 - Pirate Raids

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Irish Times

Irish Times - fans noisy as Nova silenced
Irish Times May 20th 1983 - Little known of State plans for local radio
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Silence for the scuttled pirates

Irish Independent

Irish Independent May 20th 1983 -  30 radio stations to be licensed
Irish Independent May 20th 1983 -  30 stations to be registered
Irish Independent May 20th 1983 -  Radio NovaL honking goodbye
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Irish Independent May 20th 1983 -  Letters protesting the raid on Radio Nova
Irish Independent May 20th 1983 -  Editorial: The pirates

Irish Press

Irish Press May 20th 1983 -  30 new radio stations planned
Irish Press May 20th 1983 -  Plan for 30 new stations

Cork Examiner

Cork Examiner May 20th 1983 -  Dáil move on local radio
Page 5

Curt Jackson from 10am…

The evening newspapers

Evening Herald

Evening Herald May 20th 1983 - The day the music died
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Evening Press

Evening Press - Radio Dublin boss ready for siege
Evening Press letters on the raid on Nova

Tracey Evans from midday

NOTHING TO HEAR HERE

On the morning of Saturday, May 21st 1983 the airwaves of Dublin were still bereft of the stations which had entertained the capital up until Thursday – apart from the stations mentioned yesterday which hadn’t switched off.

As promised, the Radio Carousel network had stayed on air, despite the rumours that the Navan station was on the list to be hit – as mentioned by Kieran Murray in his phone call to Radio West. They said that they intended to continue broadcasting unless they were issued with a directive to cease.


Nealon scuttles the pirates - 1983 raids on Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio
Courtesy: The Irish Times

Irish Times

Irish Times May 21st 1983 - Licences may go to 30 radio stations

Irish Independent

Irish Times May 21st 1983 - Licences may go to 30 radio stations
Irish Times May 21st 1983 - Licences may go to 30 radio stations
Irish Times May 21st 1983 - Leaving the pirates high and dry

Irish Press

Irish Press May 21st 1983 - FF accused over pirates
Irish Press May 21st 1983 - FF accused a more pirates close
Liz Ryan's TV Review - RTÉ News Sunshine Raid, Radio Nova closedown
Radio Nova Closedown May 19th 1983

THE MIGHTY BACK ON 819

Incredibly, with the evening newspapers on the stands, anybody chancing upon Radio Nova’s frequency will have heard a carrier. At around 9pm it had come to life. Unbelievably, Nova was back on the air.

The DJs had got together and pushed for a return to protect their livelihoods.
Cary agreed and told a Hot Press reporter that the station was returning not only for the staff, but ‘for the 30,000 people who’d signed petitions and the 300.000 listeners’.

But the biggest incentive came from the government themselves. With plans for the kind of licensed radio they intended to introduce appearing in all the newspapers over the past couple of days it became very clear that a station like Radio Nova had no chance of receiving a permit to broadcast.

So, with nothing to lose, the team decided to return.


Bob Gallico
Evening Herald May 21st 1983

Evening Press

Evening Press letters - raid on Radio Nova
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TIPPED OFF

Also back on the air this evening were Community Radio Fingal.

But one of the stations that had remained on the airwaves were now making plans to vacate them. Westside Radio, based at Dolly’s Lounge in Mulhuddart, had received information from friends within the P&T that more stations were going to be hit on Monday morning. Taking no chances they intended to remove their transmitter straight away but transport was not available until tomorrow.