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Energy 103 April 28th 1986

Tony McKenzie

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 May 6th 1986

This is a recording of Tony McKenzie on Dublin’s Energy 103 from May 6th 1986 at 6.40pm.


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Photo credit Mike Mahon


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 feature Gary Hamill on air with Pure Energy.

This Energy 103 recording is a Radio Retro original

Energy 103 Station Page

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 31st 1986

This is a recording of Mike Kingston playing love songs in the twilight 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 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.

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 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 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

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

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.

Pat Courtenay

John O’Hara


This recording is with thanks to Gary Hogg
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More from Energy 103; Pat Courtenay or John O’Hara


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. Pat was sitting in for Gareth O’Callaghan. Sybil Fennell reads the News.

6pm Pat Courtenay

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

7pm 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

This recording is with thanks to Gary Hogg
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More from Energy 103; Colm Hayes; Tony McKenzie; Pat Courtenay, John O’Hara, Sybil Fennell or George Long


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 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.

Listen here


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Ian Biggar and 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…

5.46pm


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.

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.

Pat Courtenay

Alan Burns


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 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 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 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.

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This recording is by very kind courtesy of Jess Codd

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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 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 Niall McGowan and Cassidy Jones on Energy Power 103FM from 12.30pm leading up to the merger.
We also have a few airchecks from the rest of the day giving a flavour of the mood at the station.

12:30: As broadcast

12: 30 Airchecked

15: 50 Mainly Airchecked

18: 00 Dublin Today – Airchecked

19: 55 John O’Hara

Niall McGowan:-
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.


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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 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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