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Energy 103 April 28th 1986

Tony McKenzie (Courtesy Mike Mahon)

This is a selection from the first day of broadcasts from Energy 103.

On Sunday April 27th 1986, 103.1MHz and 738kHz in Dublin had lit up with continuous music tests, presumed to be the return of Zoom 103 – the station owned by former Nova employees – which had broadcast for just a few days following the closure of Radio Nova on March 19th.

The unidentified tests returned on Monday, April 28th, this time on 103.0MHz and 738kHz. Following a couple of hours of continuous music, the station went live at around 2pm and identified as Energy 103.

Richard Jackson was the first jock on the air and this recording has the very first presenter ID and then has Richard’s show in full.

At 4pm Tony McKenzie takes over the reins.

Later, from 10.40pm, Gary Hamill is on the air to finish the first day’s programmes.


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Energy 103 April 29th 1986

John O'Hara on Energy 103
Thanks to Kevin Branigan

This is a selection of recordings from Energy 103’s first full day on the air. The date was Tuesday, April 29th 1986 and the Dublin station were broadcasting on 103.0MHz and 738kHz.

First, we have John O’Hara (right) on the first-ever breakfast programme broadcast on the station. It is broken into two sections, the first taken off 103.0MHz and the second off 738kHz.

6.30am

8.05am

Then from 10.20am Richard Jackson is on the air.

10.20am

Finally, from 10.20pm we join Dave Johnson’s programme

10.20pm


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Energy 103 May 2nd 1986

This is a recording of Richard Jackson on Dublin’s Energy 103 from May 2nd 1986, starting at 11.50am.

Richard Jackson


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Energy 103 May 5th 1986

This is a recording of Dublin’s Energy 103 from May 5th 1986. Starting at 1.30pm we hear first from Richard Jackson.
He’s followed at 3pm by Tony McKenzie (show is part-airchecked).

Richard Jackson

Tony McKenzie


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Energy 103 May 6th 1986

Here's two recordings of Dublin's Energy 103 from May 6th 1986, taken off 738kHz.
First, we hear from John O'Hara on Breakfast from 7.20am.
Then, from the evening time, we hear the last twenty minutes of Tony McKenzie's programme.
Tony McKenzie

Here’s two recordings of Dublin’s Energy 103 from May 6th 1986, taken off 738kHz.
First, we hear from John O’Hara on Breakfast from 7.20am.
Then, from the evening time, we hear the last twenty minutes of Tony McKenzie’s programme.

John O’Hara

Tony McKenzie

Love the carts….WOW

Andy Craig

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First recording thanks to Gary Hogg, second recording thanks to Ger Roe.
Photo credit Mike Mahon


Energy 103 May 12th 1986

Tony McKenzie on Energy 103
Tony McKenzie (Courtesy Mike Mahon)

This is a selection of recordings of the Dublin pirate station Energy 103 from across the morning and afternoon of May 12th 1986. All were recorded off 103.0MHz FM.


First, we have John O’Hara from 9.15am on the breakfast programme taken off 103.0MHz. Gary Hamill reads the News. The signal is a little hissy but shouldn’t spoil the enjoyment too much.

9.15am

From 10am Richard Jackson is on the air following the News.

10am

Then, from 3.04pm it’s Tony McKenzie

3.04pm


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Energy 103 May 22nd 1986

Gary Hamill on Energy 103
Credit Brian (McEvoy) Walsh

From the Dublin pirate radio station Energy 103 this is a recording of John O’Hara & Gary Hamill (right) on the breakfast-time show ‘Early Energy’. It dates from the morning of May 22nd 1986 and was taken off 103.0MHz.

The part-recorded show is broken up into snippets, with the start time of each indicated.

6am

6.26am

6.57am

7.27am

7.38am

7.57am


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Energy 103 June 3rd 1986

This is a recording of Gareth O’Callaghan’s return to Dublin radio on Energy 103 following a couple of years in Britain. Gareth takes over the afternoon slot from 3pm on June 3rd 1986.
Dave Johnson reads the News.


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Energy 103 June 4th 1986

This is a recording of the Dublin station Energy 103 from June 4th 1986. It starts at 7.13am and features John O’Hara and Gary Hamill on air with Early Energy.

Unfortunately, this recording has two large segments missing from the programme but that does not affect the enjoyment of a great sample from the early stage of the station.

Energy 103 Station Page

Energy 103 June 7th 1986

This is a late night recording of the Dublin station Energy 103 from June 7th 1986.
It starts at 11.45pm and features Gary Hamill on air with Pure Energy.

This Energy 103 recording is a Radio Retro original

Energy 103 Station Page

Energy 103 June 8th 1986

From the evening of June 8th 1986 this is a recording of Bryan Lambert on Energy 103, taken off 103.0MHz.

From 21:40

From 22:40


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Energy 103 June 9th 1986

Here’s a couple of Energy 103 recordings from June 9th 1986.
First, we hear from John O’Hara and Gary Hamill on ‘Early Energy’ from 7am.
Then it’s Tony McKenzie (pictured) on the mid-morning shift from 12.40pm.

Early Energy

Tony McKenzie

What can I say about John O’Hara, a gentleman, scholar, and truly one of the most professional and charismatic radio presenters to ever grace the air. Sharp, inventive, risky, relevant and witty as knickers.
Grand times and memories working with John on his Early Energy breakfast show all those decades ago during the Eighties on Dublin station Energy 103 located overlooking Leeson Street Bridge.
Big cheers to Radiowaves.fm for this archived gem.

Sean McCarthy

Photo with huge thanks to Mike Mahon
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Energy 103 June 11th 1986

From the afternoon of June 11th 1986, this is a recording of Gareth O'Callaghan on Energy 103 in Dublin. Recorded off 103FM, we join the show just as Dave Johnson is about to read the 3pm News.
Desk in on air studio

From the afternoon of June 11th 1986, this is a recording of Gareth O’Callaghan on Energy 103 in Dublin. Recorded off 103FM, we join the show just as Dave Johnson is about to read the 3pm News.

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Photo with huge thanks to Mike Mahon
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Energy 103 July 4th 1986

This is a selection of recordings of Dublin pirate station Energy 103 from July 4th 1986. All were made off 738kHz in the north west of England.

First, it’s the breakfast programme with Tony McKenzie. Dave Johnson reads the News

07:14

Next, we have the final twenty minutes of Gareth O’Callaghan’s programme, leading into the 7pm News read by George Long

18:40

Then John O’Hara in for the evening shift

19:01


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Energy 103 July 5th 1986

Photo: Brian Walsh

From Saturday, July 5th 1986 this is Gary Hamill (right) on Energy 103, the Dublin pirate radio station. The recording was made off 738kHz and starts at 7.18am.

Another archived memory from Radiowaves.fm all of thirty five years mature sees me broadcasting on Chris Cary’s superpirate Energy 103 in Dublin.
Big credit to John Fleming at Radiowaves Ireland for the work he does to keep the history of independent broadcasting in Ireland so alive and accessible to a global audience. John surely deserves a Radio Award in his own catagory of Broadcasting Historian.

Seán McCarthy

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Energy 103 station page

Energy 103 July 16th 1986

From July 16th 1986 this is Gareth O'Callaghan on Energy 103, the Dublin pirate radio station. The recording was made off 103.0MHz and starts just as George Long (right) is about to read the 3pm News.

From July 16th 1986 this is Gareth O’Callaghan on Energy 103, the Dublin pirate radio station. The recording was made off 103.0MHz and starts just as George Long (right) is about to read the 3pm News.


Photo of George Long in the Energy 103 News room is with thanks to Kevin Branigan
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This recording is an Anoraks Ireland original

Energy 103 July 21st 1986

This is a recording of Gareth O’Callaghan with The Energy Cruise on Energy 103 from July 21st 1986.

Energy 103 station page


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Energy 103 August 4th 1986

From Bank Holiday Monday August 4th 1986 this is a recording of Dublin pirate radio station Energy 103. We hear part of the Listeners’ All Time 100 countdown, first with Derek Jones from 10.25am and then Gerry Stevens from 11am. Cathy Kelly reads the News.
Then we join Gareth O’Callaghan for the climax of the countdown from 6.30pm.

Derek Jones

Gerry Stevens

Gareth O’Callaghan


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Energy 103 August 26th 1986

From Tuesday, August 26th 1986 this is an afternoon recording of Energy 103, the Dublin pirate radio station. 
First, we hear from Gerry Stevens from 12.35pm.
Then we join Gareth O'Callaghan for the Energy Cruise from 3pm.
George Long and Dave Johnson are on newsreading duties.
The station’s AM Optimod
(courtesy Mike Mahon)

From Tuesday, August 26th 1986 this is an afternoon recording of Energy 103, the Dublin pirate radio station.
First, we hear from Gerry Stevens from 12.35pm.
Then we join Gareth O’Callaghan for the Energy Cruise from 3pm.
George Long and Dave Johnson are on newsreading duties.

Gerry Stevens

Gareth O’Callaghan


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Energy 103 August 31st 1986

This is a recording of Mike Kingston (right) playing love songs in the overnight hours on Dublin's Energy 103. We join him at 3am on August 31st 1986.
Thanks to Mike Mahon

This is a recording of Mike Kingston (right) playing love songs in the overnight hours on Dublin’s Energy 103. We join him at 3am on August 31st 1986.

You can listen to the recording as it was broadcast here

Or if you’d prefer an airchecked version, choose below


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Energy 103 September 15th 1986

This is Gareth O’Callaghan with the Energy Cruise from 3pm on Energy 103 on September 15th 1986. Paul Clements reads the News.

Gareth O’Callaghan


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Energy 103 September 18th 1986

This is Tony McKenzie (right) on breakfast time for Dublin station Energy 103. The recording starts at 7.25am and was taken from 738kHz on September 18th 1986.
George Long reads the News.

This is Tony McKenzie (right) on breakfast time for Dublin station Energy 103. The recording starts at 7.25am and was taken from 738kHz on September 18th 1986.
George Long reads the News.


Photo by kind courtesy of Mike Mahon
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Energy 103 station page

Energy 103 September 21st 1986

This is Gareth O’Callaghan playing oldies on a Sunday afternoon from 4pm on Energy 103. Michael Lewis reads the News.

Gareth O’Callaghan


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Energy 103 September 24th 1986

This is a recording of Gerry Stevens on Dublin’s Energy 103 from 1pm on September 24th 1986. George Long reads the News.

Gerry Stevens


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Energy 103 October 7th 1986

This is a recording of Mike Kingston on the overnight shift for Energy 103, the 80s Dublin pirate station. On October 7th 1986 we join the show at 1.20am.

Mike Kingston


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Energy 103 October 22nd 1986

Tony Allan
Courtesy: Mike Mahon

From October 1986, this is ‘The Voice’, the one and only Tony Allan on Dublin’s Energy 103.
We join him halfway through the Park Leisure Complex Hour from 7.30pm on 103.0MHz.

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Energy 103 October 25th 1986

From Saturday, October 25th 1986, this is Derek Jones on the Dublin pirate station Energy 103, recorded off 738kHz. The recording starts at 10.10am and from midday the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 takes to the air. Michael Lewis reads the News.

Derek Jones

Rick Dees


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Energy 103 October 28th 1986

From October 1986, this is a recording of the first outing for an all-new Breakfast Show on the Dublin pirate station Energy 103, recorded off 738kHz.
Gareth O'Callaghan and Cathy Quinn were charged with entertaining early risers in the capital from 7.30am.

From October 1986, this is a recording of the first outing for an all-new Breakfast Show on the Dublin pirate station Energy 103, recorded off 738kHz.
Gareth O’Callaghan and Cathy Quinn were charged with entertaining early risers in the capital from 7.30am.


You can listen to the recording as it was broadcast here

Or if you’d prefer an airchecked version, choose below



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Energy 103 November 13th 1986

This is Liam Quigley on the overnight shift for the Dublin pirate station Energy 103 on November 13th 1986. The recording starts at 12.40am.

This is Liam Quigley on the overnight shift for the Dublin pirate station Energy 103 on November 13th 1986. The recording starts at 12.40am.

Liam Quigley


Ths recording is by kind courtesy of Joe Rossa

The photo is of one of the design logos which were hanging on the walls around the Energy building. The logo came from a listener competition but was never used publicly. The image courtesy of Mike Mahon

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Energy 103 December 27th 1986

This is Ernie Gallagher (right) on Energy 103 overnight on a Saturday morning over the festive period in December 1986. The recording starts at 2.09am.
Courtesy of Ernie

This is Ernie Gallagher (right) on Energy 103 overnight on a Saturday morning over the festive period in December 1986. The recording starts at 2.09am.

This recording was very kindly donated to Radio Retro by Emmet Hand.


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Energy 103 January 19th 1987

This is John O’Hara during his evening slot for Dublin pirate station Energy 103 from January 19th 1987. This FM recording starts at 7.27pm.

Image courtesy of Mike Mahon

Energy 103 February 13th 1987

This is a recording of Gareth O’Callaghan on Energy 103 from the morning of February 13th 1987. We join the show at 9.40am as he plays the hits and gives the headlines from a certain year.
George Long reads the News at 10am and then there’s a few minutes of Tony McKenzie’s mid-morning show following that.

Gareth O’Callaghan


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Energy 103 February 24th 1987

This is Dublin station Energy 103 with Pat Courtenay sitting in on Drive from 6.15pm, and he’s followed by John O’Hara with School’s Out after the 7pm News. The recording, off 103FM, dates from February 24th 1987. Michael Lewis and Teena Gates are the Newsreaders.

Pat Courtenay

John O’Hara


This recording is with thanks to Gary Hogg
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Energy 103 February 25th 1987

Tony McKenzie on Energy 103

This is a recording of the Dublin pirate radio station Energy 103 from February 25th 1987, taken from 103.0MHz FM.

First, we hear from Colm Hayes, who was sitting in on the Breakfast Show. There’s News headlines on the half-hour and full news on the hour read by George Long.

6.57am Colm Hayes

Colm is followed by Tony McKenzie (pictured) from 10am through to the afternoon.

10am Tony McKenzie


This recording is with thanks to Gary Hogg, photo thanks to Mike Mahon
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More from Energy 103; Colm Hayes; Tony McKenzie or George Long


Energy 103 February 26th 1987

This is a recording of Energy 103 from February 26th 1987, taken from 103.0MHz.
First, we hear from Colm Hayes on the Breakfast Show with News headlines on the half-hour and full news on the hour from George Long.

7.25am Colm Hayes

Colm is followed by Tony McKenzie from 10am through to the afternoon.

10am Tony McKenzie

Later in the day we join Pat Courtenay from 6pm. Sybil Fennell reads the News.

6pm Pat Courtenay

From 7pm it’s John O’Hara with Schools Out.

7pm John O’Hara

7.45pm John O’Hara

This is a recording of Energy 103 from February 26th 1987, taken from 103.0MHz.
First we hear from Colm Hayes, sitting in on the Breakfast Show for Gareth O'Callaghan.
He's followed by Tony McKenzie from 10am through to the afternoon.
News headlines on the half-hour and full news on the hour comes from George Long.
Tony McKenzie and George Long in the Energy studio in February 1987
Photo by kind courtesy of Kevin Brangan

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More from Energy 103; Colm Hayes; Tony McKenzie; Pat Courtenay, John O’Hara, Sybil Fennell or George Long


Energy 103 March 4th 1987

This is a recording of Colm Hayes (pictured) on Energy 103 from March 4th 1987 starting at 5pm. Sybil Fennell reads the News.

This is a recording of Colm Hayes (pictured) on Energy 103 from March 4th 1987 starting at 5pm. Sybil Fennell reads the News.

Listen here


Photo with huge thanks to Mike Mahon
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This is an Anoraks Ireland original

Energy 103 March 5th 1987

From March 5th 1987 this is Gareth O’Callaghan on Energy 103’s breakfast show, recorded off 103.0MHz. We join the programme at 7.26am. George Long (pictured) reads the News.

Listen here


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Centre FM March 29th 1987

From Cork, this is a recording of Centre FM off 101FM on March 29th 1987. ‘Stevie’ is on the air from 7pm.


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Energy 103 April 17th 1987

From Good Friday, April 17th 1987 this is a recording of Colm Hayes on Energy 103's breakfast show, recorded off 738kHz. We join the programme at 7.35am. Fionnuala Sweeney (pictured) reads the News.
There's also a short snippet of Ernie Gallagher's programme which followed at 10am.

From Good Friday, April 17th 1987 this is a recording of Colm Hayes on Energy 103’s breakfast show, recorded off 738kHz. We join the programme at 7.35am. Fionnuala Sweeney (pictured in the Energy 103 Production Studio) reads the News.
There’s also a short snippet of Ernie Gallagher’s programme which followed at 10am.

Colm Hayes from 7.35am

Ernie Gallagher from 10am


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg and the photo is thanks to Mike Mahon

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Energy 103 May 1st 1987

From Friday, May 1st 1987 this is a recording of Colm Hayes on Energy 103’s breakfast show, recorded off 738kHz. We join the programme at 8.20am. Fionnuala Sweeney reads the News.
Following Colm at 10am it’s Tony McKenzie.

Colm Hayes from 8.20am

Tony McKenzie from 10am


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Energy 103 May 3rd 1987

From Sunday, May 3rd 1987 this is a recording of Colm Hayes on the European Top 40 show on Dublin’s Energy 103. Taken off 738kHz, we join the programme at 2.15pm.
John O’Hara follows at 3pm.

Colm Hayes from 2.15m

John O’Hara from 3pm


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Energy 103 May 4th 1987

From May 4th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay's debut on Energy 103's breakfast show. We join just as the 7am news, read by Lisa Moore, comes to an end.

From May 4th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay’s debut on Energy 103’s breakfast show. We join just as the 7am news, read by Lisa Moore, comes to an end.

Listen here


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg and the photo is thanks to Mike Mahon

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Energy 103 May 5th 1987

This is programming from Dublin’s Energy 103 from May 5th 1987. The station found itself affected by power cuts thanks to the start of an ESB strike that morning.

First, from 7am, we hear from the Breakfast Show with Pat Courtenay and Lisa Moore.

From 9.30am we join Alan Burns until 10am and then from midday to 1pm…

From 3.20pm this is Tony Allan. Teena Gates reads the News.

Darad commented on the above Tony Allan recording:
Check out that audio. I am pretty sure that was me that put in that request for us down at Fast Food Ranelagh as that’s where I worked at the time and we always phoned in requests to Energy. Sometimes I’d cycle down there and get goodies thrown down to me from the third floor whilst Rick Dees was on!

Tony Allan in the Energy newsroom.
Photo Mike Mahon

Energy 103 May 6th 1987

From May 4th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay's debut on Energy 103's breakfast show. We join just as the 7am news, read by Lisa Moore, comes to an end.

This is a recording of Pat Courtenay (photo) on Dublin station Energy 103. Dated May 6th 1987 we join him on the breakfast show during the 7am news, which is read by Lisa Moore.
Then from later in the day we join Tony Allan from 4.30pm – his show was affected by the ESB strike. George Long reads the News.

Pat Courtenay

Tony Allan


The morning recording is courtesy of Ian Biggar and the afternoon one is with thanks to Gary Hogg. The photo is thanks to Mike Mahon

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Energy 103 May 7th 1987

This is Alan Burns on air for Dublin pirate Energy 103 from May 8th 1987. This recording starts at 9.35am.

This is a selection of programming from the Dublin pirate Energy 103 on May 7th 1987.

We start with a short clip from the breakfast programme with Pat Courtenay. The show was obliterated by an ESB strike, which meant a late start for the 7am News, read by Lisa Moore. It wasn’t long before they were knocked off again…

7.06am

Power was eventually restored to ‘the power station’ and this segment is from Alan Burns.

10.20am

We catch the end of Alan Burns as he makes way for Tony Allan at 3pm.

2.54pm

During Tony’s show, we switch from medium wave to 103FM, in stereo…

3.15pm

Again, during Tony’s show, we switch back to medium wave…

4.46pm


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg, with extra thanks to Dave Small for the FM broadcast

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Energy 103 May 8th 1987

This is Alan Burns on air for Dublin pirate Energy 103 from May 8th 1987. This recording starts at 9.35am.

Here’s a morning’s worth of programmes from the Dublin pirate, Energy 103. The recording is from May 8th 1987 and features Pat Courtenay on Breakfast, who is followed by Alan Burns at 9.35am.

Pat Courtenay as broadcast

Pat Courtenay airchecked

Alan Burns as broadcast

Alan Burns airchecked

Energy 103 May 13th 1987

Morning programmes from Dublin superpirate Energy 103 on May 13th 1987, starting at 6.50am.

First on air is Pat Courtenay, with Lisa Moore on news. At 9.30am Alan Burns takes over and at midday Tony McKenzie kicks off the afternoon.

Energy 103 May 14th 1987

Morning programmes on Energy 103, who broadcast to Dublin from 1986-1988. 
From May 14th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay (right, in the Energy production studio) on Breakfast, ably assisted by Lisa Moore.
Alan Burns follows from 9.35am.

A recording of some programmes from Energy 103, who broadcast to Dublin from 1986-1988.
From May 14th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay (right, in the Energy production studio) on Breakfast, ably assisted by Lisa Moore.
Alan Burns follows from 9.35am, and then from 2pm there’s a short sample of Tony McKenzie’s programme.

Pat Courtenay

Alan Burns

Tony McKenzie


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg and the photo is thanks to Mike Mahon

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Energy 103 May 20th 1987

From May 20th 1987 this is two 45 minute recordings from two of Energy 103’s programmes from the evening schedule.
First, we hear from Tony Allan, starting at 5.30pm.
Then we have John O’Hara from 8.30pm

Tony Allan

John O’Hara


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Energy 103 May 25th 1987

This recording is from the morning that Bob Gallico (pictured) made his debut on Energy 103. Bob defected from Q102 to join Pat Courtenay and Lisa Moore for Energy’s Breakfast programme, which we join at 6.40am.
The first part of the programme was taken from medium wave…

6.40am

Just before the headlines at 7.30am we switch to FM in stereo…

7.28am

Here’s the full show with the music stripped out..

Airchecked

Here’s the full show on medium wave


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg; photo of Bob is thanks to Mike Mahon

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Energy 103 June 19th 1987

From June 19th 1987 this recording is from the day that Alan Burns (pictured) presented his final show on Energy 103. 
The recording starts with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore on the Breakfast programme from 8.20am.
Then it's over to Alan at 9.30am.

From June 19th 1987 this recording is from the day that Alan Burns (pictured) presented his final show on Energy 103.
The recording starts with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore on the Breakfast programme from 8.20am.
Then it’s over to Alan at 9.30am.

Breakfast

Alan Burns


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg; photo of Alan is with huge thanks to Mike Mahon

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Energy 103 July 31st 1987

This is a recording of Energy 103’s Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore from 7.34am on July 31st 1987.

Listen


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Jess Codd

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Energy 103 August 5th 1987

This is Schools’ Out with John O’Hara on the Dublin station Energy 103. The recording from August 5th 1987 starts at 7.06pm.

Listen


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Energy 103 September 9th 1987

This is Energy 103's Breakfast Club with  Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore. 
The recording was made from 8.30am on November 11th 1987 off 103FM.

From September 9th 1987 this is a selection of clips from Energy 103’s Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore.
There’s also a collection of Gareth O’Callaghan’s phone call sketches from his afternoon show.

Breakfast Club

Gareth O’Callaghan


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Energy 103 September 10th 1987

From September 10th 1987 this is a selection of clips from Energy 103’s Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore.

Breakfast Club


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Energy 103 September 11th 1987

From September 11th 1987 this is a selection of clips from Energy 103’s Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore.

Breakfast Club


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Energy 103 October 7th 1987

From October 7th 1987 this is a recording of Energy 103’s Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore from 8.15am.

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This recording is by very kind courtesy of Ian Biggar

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Energy 103 October 8th 1987

From October 8th 1987 this is a recording of Dublin pirate station Energy 103. First we hear the end of Tony McKenzie's show from 1.40pm. Then we join Cassidy Jones for his show from 2pm. Lisa Moore reads the News.

From October 8th 1987 this is a recording of Dublin pirate station Energy 103. First we hear the end of Tony McKenzie’s show from 1.40pm. Then we join Cassidy Jones (right) for his show from 2pm. Lisa Moore reads the News.

There is an off channel hum on the signal especially towards the end. This could have possibly been caused by Independent Radio Mayo on the same channel whilst Energy were on low power.

Tony McKenzie

Cassidy Jones


Photograph by very kind courtesy of Mike Mahon

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Energy 103 October 23rd 1987

From October 23rd 1987 this is a recording of Dublin pirate station Energy 103. First we hear the end of The Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay and the team.
This is followed by Tony McKenzie from 10am.
Then from later in the day we join Cassidy Jones at 4.30pm.

Breakfast Club

Tony McKenzie

Cassidy Jones


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Energy 103 November 5th 1987

From the morning of November 5th 1987 this is a recording of The Breakfast Club from Energy 103 with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore, plus the usual array of comic characters. 
We join the show on 103.0MHz from 7.50am.

From the morning of November 5th 1987 this is a recording of The Breakfast Club from Energy 103 with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore, plus the usual array of comic characters.
We join the show on 103.0MHz from 7.50am.

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Energy 103 November 11th 1987

This is Energy 103's Breakfast Club with  Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore. 
The recording was made from 8.30am on November 11th 1987 off 103FM.

This is Energy 103’s Breakfast Club with Pat Courtenay, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore.
The recording was made from 8.30am on November 11th 1987 off 103FM.

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This recording is by very kind courtesy of Jess Codd

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Energy/Nova Power 103 November 25th 1987

November 25th 1987 was a historic day in Irish radio as it seen the merger of Energy 103 with the recently relaunched Radio Nova. Nova had reappeared on the Dublin FM band a couple of weeks earlier – 20 months after the hugely successful station had ceased broadcasting.

Here we have a selection of recordings from the day, starting with a short snippet from the morning’s Breakfast Club.

08:34-Breakfast Club

Then, on the mid-morning show, Niall McGowan is sitting in for Tony McKenzie.

11:20-Niall McGowan

12:15-Niall McGowan & Cassidy Jones

Following the news Tony McKenzie took over from Niall and Cassidy was still in the studio.

The bulk of this recording was made near Blackpool and as the day progresses interference increases. Where possible we’ve switched to a locally made FM recording, meaning parts of this segment is airchecked.

13:05 Tony McKenzie & Cassidy Jones

15:50 Tony & Cassidy airchecked

At 6pm Dublin Today made its return…

18: 00 Dublin Today – Airchecked

From 7.55pm this is John O’Hara

19: 55 John O’Hara

Wow. Thank you for the memories we were all so happy in those days. “FREE” to play DJ and just have fun. In hindsight, we did not know just how much freedom and fun we had. I have always considered myself to be lucky to be on such great stations with such great people. Thanks.

Niall McGowan

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Nova Power 103 November 26th 1987

Following on from the merger between Energy 103 and Radio Nova which took place the day before, this is a selection of recordings from the 'new' station's first full day on the air. Although the official name was Nova Power 103FM, it was understandable that on air it was being identified as 'Radio Nova'.

Following on from the merger between Energy 103 and Radio Nova which took place the day before, this is a selection of recordings from the ‘new’ station’s first full day on the air.

Right: The Evening Herald welcomes Radio Nova back onto the airwaves. Click to read…

From November 26th 1987 we start with the first link from Liam Coburn at midnight.

Then from 6.45am Liam introduces the new look Breakfast Club with Cassidy Jones joining Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore from 7am.

And then we have the former Breakfast Clubber, Pat Courtenay, from 11.11am.

00:00 Liam Coburn opens his show


06:45 Liam Coburn leads in to Breakfast Club

11:11 Pat Courtenay


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Nova Power 103 November 27th 1987

Following on from the merger between Energy 103 and Radio Nova which took place two days previous, this is a recording of the Breakfast Club with Cassidy Jones, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore from Friday, November 27th 1987.
The programme is part-airchecked.

08:34 Airchecks


09:07 As broadcast

09:50 Airchecks


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Main recording by kind courtesy of Jess Codd


Nova Power 103 December 3rd 1987

This is Pat Courtenay around lunchtime on Nova Power 103FM from December 3rd 1987. Teena Gates and Bob Gallico are on News and also help with comic inserts.

This is Pat Courtenay around lunchtime on Nova Power 103FM from December 3rd 1987. Teena Gates and Bob Gallico are on News and also help with comic inserts.

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Nova Power 103 December 10th 1987

From December 10th 1987, this is Pat Courtenay from 1.30pm on Nova Power 103FM. Teena Gates is on News.

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This recording is courtesy of Jess Codd; photo thanks to Mike Mahon
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Nova Power 103 December 12th 1987

From Radio Nova's short-lived return to Dublin's FM band this is a recording of Rick Dee's Weekly Top 40 from December 12th 1987. Starting at midday, this episode features Bruce Vidal sitting in for Rick.

From Radio Nova’s short-lived return to Dublin’s FM band this is a recording of Rick Dee’s Weekly Top 40 from December 12th 1987. Starting at midday, this episode features Bruce Vidal sitting in for Rick.

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Power 103 December 14th 1987

From December 14th 1987, this is a recording of…emmm…..Power 103?!! It had previously been called Nova Power 103 following a merger between Energy and Radio Nova on November 25th, just a few weeks earlier.
An injunction had been granted to the receiver of the original Radio Nova restraining the team behind the newly merged station from using the name.

These snippets are from Pat Courtenay’s show which was on air not long after the court decision became effective.

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The photo is with thanks to Mike Mahon
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Energy 103 December 18th 1987

This is Alan Burns on air for Dublin pirate Energy 103 from May 8th 1987. This recording starts at 9.35am.

This is Energy 103 from December 18th 1987 featuring The Breakfast Club from 9am followed by Pat Courtenay from 11am-2pm.

This recording of The Breakfast Club with Cassidy Jones, Bob Gallico and Lisa Moore was made on the morning Energy 103 restored their old moniker following a month of having an identity crisis which confused listeners and presenters alike!
Energy Power 103 had merged with the new Radio Nova in the last week of November to become Nova Power 103, but a legal challenge over the use of the Nova name forced them to change again so they had been identifying as Power 103 since the start of this particular week.

Breakfast Club as broadcast

Breakfast Club airchecked

Pat Courtenay


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Energy 103 December 21st 1987

From Monday, December 21st 1987, this recording features a few snippets from Pat Courtenay’s show on Energy 103, which started at 11am.

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Energy 103 December 25th 1987

From Christmas Day 1987,  this is Cassidy Jones (pictured) on Energy 103 from 7.45am

From Christmas Day 1987, this is Cassidy Jones (pictured) on Energy 103 from 7.45am.


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Photograph by kind courtesy of Mike Mahon

Energy 103 January 1st 1988

Pat Courtenay presents 'The Best of Energy '87' on New Year's Day 1988 on the Dublin station. This is a selection of sketches from when he was the presenter of The Breakfast Club. This tour de force of great comedy from a very talented team of writers and performers  is about as good as it gets.

Pat Courtenay presents ‘The Best of Energy ’87’ on New Year’s Day 1988 on the Dublin station. This is a selection of sketches from when he was the presenter of The Breakfast Club. This tour de force of great comedy from a very talented team of writers and performers is about as good as it gets.

Around half of this recording comes from our own archives and the other half has been supplied by Ian Biggar. Unfortunately, for about ten minutes around halfway through the combined audio, faulty erase heads on our recording device ruined the output but it is still listenable, and as it is anorak gold it is worth preserving even in this state.

The Best of Energy

Enda Caldwell:
If you have about an hour… you will do wisely to pass it by giving this a listen 32/33 years ago radio in Dublin Ireland sounded like this in the mornings only on 1 station Energy Power 103FM with Pat Courtenay , Bob Gallico (dearly departed) and Lisa Moore aka Fionnuala Sweeney who later worked as main European News Anchor for CNN. People often seem bewildered with “what is your fascination with radio – sure its dead all it does is x y or z…” well NOT back then when you are 12 and we did not have computer games nor phones nor endless cartoons or violent movies inappropriate for children that they somehow end up seeing anyway… No… we had a £57 Panasonic Clock Radio AM/FM where you just tuned up to The Power on 103… and The Theatre of The Human Mind.


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With thanks to Ian Biggar


Energy 103 February 13th 1988

From Saturday morning, February 13th 1988, this is a short recording featuring first Chris Cameron and then Michael Mahon with the 9am News, on the Dublin pirate Energy 103.

From Saturday morning, February 13th 1988, this is a short recording featuring first Chris Cameron from 8.50am, and then Michael Mahon (pictured) with the 9am News, on the Dublin pirate station Energy 103.


Recording by kind courtesy of Mike Mahon; Photo with thanks to Kevin Branigan
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Energy 103 March 10th 1988

This is Energy 103's Breakfast programme from March 10th 1988. Tony McKenzie hosts with Bob Gallico reading News and doing his usual inserts. This FM recording starts at 8am.
Energy 103 ceased broadcasting the next day, March 11th.
Bob Gallico in the Newsroom (with Ann on work experience). Thanks to Mike Mahon

This is Energy 103’s Breakfast programme from March 10th 1988. Tony McKenzie hosts with Bob Gallico reading News and doing his usual inserts. This FM recording starts at 8am.
Energy 103 ceased broadcasting the next day, March 11th.


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Energy 103 November 20th 1986

From Thursday, November 20th, this is Liam Quigley on mid-morning for Energy 103, starting from just after the 10am News. The 11am News is read by Michael Lewis.

Liam Quigley


This recording is by kind courtesy of Mike Ormonde

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Alternative Broadcasting Cork July 23rd 1978

This is a very short snippet of Chris Stevens on Alternative Broadcasting Cork on the afternoon of July 23rd 1978.


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