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Radio Nova June 1981

Test transmissions from the FM only Dublin station Radio Nova. We don’t have an exact date but the tests ran in the first half of June 1981 on 88.1MHz.

Radio Nova July 19th 1981

This is Mike Edgar on air on a Sunday afternoon for Radio Nova on July 19th 1981 from 1.45pm. Terry Riley reads the News.
The recording is part-airchecked.


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Radio Nova July 30th 1981

This is an early recording of Radio Nova, Dublin’s best-known station. Mike Edgar is on air on July 30th 1981 from 3.30pm with Peter Madison reading the news.


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Radio Nova August 13th 1981

This is Radio Nova recorded off 88.2MHz FM from August 13th 1981.
First we hear from Jason Maine from 5.38pm with Peter Madison reading the news.
Later in the evening Mike Edgar (and The Midnight Cowboy) are on air from 11.40pm.


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Radio Nova August 15th 1981

This is a recording of Radio Nova off 88.2MHz FM from August 15th 1981. The record and play & stop buttons were hit at various points across the day by a touring party from the DX Archive site.

First, we hear from John Clarke and Terry Riley on air from 8.44am.

Next, from 12.30pm, there’s more from John Clarke, along with Hugh O’Brien and Terry Riley.


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Radio Nova September 12th 1981

This is a recording from the day Radio Nova launched their medium wave transmitter on 846kHz following months of FM only broadcasts. John CLarke is on air on Saturday, September 12th 1981 from 8.50am.

This is a recording from the day Radio Nova launched their medium wave transmitter on 846kHz following months of FM only broadcasts. John Clarke is on air on Saturday, September 12th 1981 from 8.50am.

This recording is by kind courtesy of Ken Baird / DX Archive
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Radio Nova September 17th 1981

From the afternoon of September 17th 1981 this is Jason Maine on Radio Nova (right) from 3.50pm. Sybil Fennell reads the '88 News' at 4pm.

From the afternoon of September 17th 1981 this is Jason Maine on Radio Nova (right) from 3.50pm. Sybil Fennell reads the ’88 News’ at 4pm.

This recording is by kind courtesy of Mike Ormonde
Photo is thanks to DX Archive
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Radio Nova October 15th 1981

Chris Cary (Credit: Richie Wild)

From October 15th 1981 this is the Boss, Chris Cary on Radio Nova in Dublin.
This Sunday afternoon broadcast was recorded off 88.2MHz from 3.30pm.
Pete Moss reads the News.

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Radio Nova October 19th 1981

This is a recording of Colm Hayes on Radio Nova, recorded off 846kHz, on October 19th 1981. Starting at 4pm, Sybil Fennell is also featured for the Dublin station.

This is a recording of Colm Hayes on Radio Nova, recorded off 846kHz, on October 19th 1981. Starting at 4pm, Sybil Fennell is also featured for the Dublin station.

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Radio Nova November 25th 1981

This is Chris Cary on Radio Nova from Dublin. The recording is off 846kHz and starts at 7.30am on Wednesday, November 25th 1981.
Terry Riley reads the News.

This is Chris Cary on Radio Nova from Dublin. The recording is off 846kHz and starts at 7.30am on Wednesday, November 25th 1981.
Terry Riley reads the News.

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Radio Nova December 3rd 1981

From December 3rd 1981 this is a recording of Tony Fenton (right) on Dublin pirate Radio Nova starting from 8.30am. 
Terry Riley reads the News and reacts to the latest government plans for pirate radio.

From December 3rd 1981 this is a recording of Tony Fenton (right) on Dublin pirate Radio Nova starting from 8.30am.
Terry Riley reads the News and reacts to the latest government plans for pirate radio.

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Radio Nova December 24th 1981

This is a Christmas Eve recording of Radio Nova off 846kHz. We join Tony Fenton on the hot seat from 5.50pm.

This is a Christmas Eve recording of Radio Nova off 846kHz. We join Tony Fenton in the hot seat from 5.50pm.

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Radio Nova December 25th 1981

Christmas Eve 1981 on Radio Nova in Dublin with Chris Cary from 12.50pm.
Chris is followed at 2pm by Terry Riley.
This recording was made off 846kHz.

Christmas Eve 1981 on Radio Nova in Dublin with Chris Cary from 12.50pm.
Chris is followed at 2pm by Terry Riley.
This recording was made off 846kHz.

Chris Cary

Terry Riley


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Radio Nova January 10th 1982

From a snow-covered capital city this is Radio Nova excelling itself with Colm Hayes from 12.45pm, and then Jason Maine from 2pm on January 10th 1981.
Siobhán Purcell reads the News on a day that the weather brought Dublin, and surrounding counties, to a standstill.

From a snow-covered capital city this is Radio Nova excelling itself with Colm Hayes from 12.45pm, and then Jason Maine from 2pm on January 10th 1982.
Siobhán Purcell reads the News on a day that the weather brought Dublin, and surrounding counties, to a standstill.

Colm Hayes

Jason Maine


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Radio Nova February 5th 1982

From February 1982 this is a recording of Radio Nova on 846kHz featuring Mike Edgar. It starts with a late-running news bulletin with Brian Dobson.

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Radio Nova February 28th 1982

This is a recording of Jason Maine on a Sunday morning for the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova.
Also featuring Ken Hammond in News, it is from February 28th 1982 and starts at just before 8am.

This is a recording of Jason Maine on a Sunday morning for the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova.
Also featuring Ken Hammond on News, it is from February 28th 1982 and starts at just before 8am.

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Photo courtesy of DX Archive

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Radio Nova March 3rd 1982

From March 3rd 1982 this is John Clarke (right) on Dublin station Radio Nova from 8.55pm. 
Siobhán Purcell reads the News and reveals that the station were having sabotage issues.

From March 3rd 1982 this is John Clarke (right) on Dublin station Radio Nova from 8.55pm.
Siobhán Purcell reads the News and reveals that the station were having sabotage issues.

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Radio Nova April 1st 1982

From the early hours of April 1st 1982 this is the American Top 40 with Casey Kasem, a syndicated programme made popular in Dublin by Radio Nova. The recording starts at just before 1am and was taken from 88.2MHz.

From the early hours of April 1st 1982 this is the American Top 40 with Casey Kasem, a syndicated programme made popular in Dublin by Radio Nova. The recording starts at just before 1am and was taken from 88.2MHz.

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This recording is with thanks to Ken Baird

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Radio Nova April 11th 1982

This is the syndicated programme American Top 40 with Casey Kasem (right), which was aired in Dublin by Radio Nova. This recording starts at just after 1pm and was taken from 88.2MHz.

This is the syndicated programme American Top 40 with Casey Kasem (right), which was aired in Dublin by Radio Nova. This recording starts at just after 1pm and was taken from 88.2MHz.

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This recording was donated by Chris Ridley, original recording by Gary Camblin.


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Radio Nova April 24th 1982

An (airchecked) recording of Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from April 24th 1982. Taken from 88.2MHz it features the voices of Tony Allan, Siobhán Purcell on news and Don Allen.


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Radio Nova April 25th 1982

A (part-airchecked) recording of Dublin superpirate Radio Nova off 88.2MHz from the morning of April 25th 1982. Andy Archer is on air from 7.23.


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Radio Nova May 15th 1982

Radio Nova

This is Andy Archer on Radio Nova, Dublin’s superpirate, from May 15th 1982. It was recorded off 846kHz from 7.35am.

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Radio Nova May 16th 1982

Courtesy Miles J

From late night on May 16th 1982 this is Tony Allan on Radio Nova with ‘Stick it in yer Ear’, the specialist programme showcasing new music. It was recorded off 846kHz from 10.50pm. Siobhán Purcell (right) reads the News.

This valuable recording was made in Scotland so suffers from signal distortion at stages.

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Radio Nova May 27th 1982

This is Andy Archer on Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate. The recording starts at 11.30am and runs through lunchtime.
Tony Allan is the Newsreader.
Pictured is the station's main studio in Herbert St, taken during a visit by the Anoraks UK team.

This is Andy Archer on Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate. The recording starts at 11.30am and runs through lunchtime.
Tony Allan is the Newsreader.
Pictured is the station’s main studio in Herbert St, taken during a visit by the Anoraks UK team.

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Radio Nova June 29th 1982

Radio Nova celebrates one year on air with a birthday surprise from RTÉ.

From June 29th 1982, this is a recording of the Dublin station as they were forced to use an alternative to their main microwave link from Herbert St. The main link was under attack from signals emanating from an RTÉ-owned building in Rathmines. The jamming had started the day before but lasted just 30 minutes.

First, from 6.18pm, John Clarke is on air for the final 40 minutes of his afternoon show.

Next, the magazine programme Dublin Today features an interview with Éamonn Cooke of Radio Dublin

Then from 7.30pm, Jason Maine

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Radio Nova celebrates one year on air with a birthday surprise from RTÉ. From June 29th 1982, this is a recording of the Dublin station as they were forced to use an alternative to their main microwave link from Herbert St. The main link was under attack from signals emanating from an RTÉ-owned building in Rathmines. The jamming had started the day before but lasted just 30 minutes.

Radio Nova July 10th 1982

From Saturday morning, July 10th 1982, this is a recording of Jason Maine on the Dublin station Radio Nova. We join the show at 9.30am.
Siobhán Purcell reads the News.

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We thank Chris Ridley for the donation and Gary Camblin for making the recording

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Radio Nova October 27th 1982

This is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am on the morning of October 27th 1982.

This is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am on the morning of October 27th 1982.


As broadcast

With the music stripped out


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Radio Nova October 28th 1982

From October 28th 1982 this is a recording of Tony Gareth on Radio Nova from 5.50pm.
With thanks to Gareth O’Callaghan

From October 28th 1982 this is a recording of Tony Gareth on the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from 5.50pm.



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Radio Nova December 14th 1982

This is Andy Archer on air for Radio Nova on December 14th 1982. The recording was made from 10.34am off 88.2MHz FMz in Dublin.

This is Andy Archer on air for Radio Nova on December 14th 1982. The recording was made from 10.34am off 88.2MHz FMz in Dublin.


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Radio Nova December 18th 1982

From December 18th 1982 this is a recording of Dublin's Radio Nova off 819kHz. First we hear from Dave Harvey at 4.30am, and then Tony Gareth from 6pm
Siobhán Purcell reads the News.

From December 18th 1982 this is a recording of Dublin’s Radio Nova off 819kHz. First we hear from Dave Harvey at 4.30am, and then Tony Gareth from 6pm
Siobhán Purcell reads the News.

Dave Harvey

Tony Gareth


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Radio Nova December 24th 1982

From Christmas Eve 1982 this is a recording of Radio Nova off 819kHz. Tony Gareth is on the air from 11.15am.

This recording was made by Ken Baird in Scotland and we thank him and DX Archive for the use of it
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Radio Nova December 25th 1982

This is a recording of Andy Archer on Radio Nova off 819kHz from Christmas Day in 1982.

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Radio Nova December 26th 1982

This is Chris Cary and Hugh O’Brien taking calls from listeners on Radio Nova in the very early hours of St Stephen’s Day in 1982. The recording is off 88.2MHz. Roland Burke takes over from around 1am.

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Radio Nova February 7th 1983

From February 7th 1983 this is Andy Archer on Radio Nova from 11.45am. This recording of the Dublin station was taken from 88.2MHz.

This recording is with thanks to Chris Ridley
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Radio Nova April 16th 1983

This is a recording of John Lewis on Radio Nova off 88.2MHz FM from April 16th 1983. It starts with the News at midday and has a slight edit in the first few minutes.

This recording is with thanks to Chris Ridley
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Radio Nova May 14th 1983

May 14th 1983 was the date set for Operation Novacare 1983, an annual charity fundraiser ran by Radio Nova.

Sybil Fennell for Operation Novacare

In the first recording Declan Meehan is on air from the studios from 9.56am, whilst Nova personalities are on location in Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre.

Tony Gareth takes over from Declan at 2pm

We rejoin the proceedings at just after 4pm with many of the Nova staff involved.

All for charity – Sybil Fennell and Declan Mehan – Operation Novacare 1983
(Thanks to Joseph King)

This recording can now be downloaded direct from DX Archive.
We host it with thanks to Gary Hogg.

Radio Nova May 18th 1983

May 18th 1983. A famous day in Irish radio history as Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico compose themselves on air whilst Department of P&T officials, accompanied by Gardaí, demand that they switch off Radio Nova.

The full story of the 1983 Raids is told chronologically in this Radiowaves Special Feature [tap here]

Radio Nova May 19th 1983

Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico return to the airwaves the morning after a major raid on the station.

They were followed by Tom Hardy. This is the first hour of his show…

More from Tom Hardy. This recording from his show is from 11.50am and culminates with a historical announcement…

The full story of the 1983 Raids is told chronologically in this Radiowaves Special Feature [tap here]

Radio Nova May 25th 1983

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 25th 1983, one week after the raid on the station.

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 25th 1983, one week after the raid on the station. Recorded in Leeds off 819kHz, the recording starts at 7.45am and although it suffers from poor quality it is very listenable.

The full story of the 1983 Raids is told chronologically in this Radiowaves Special Feature [tap here]

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Radio Nova May 26th 1983

From May 26th 1983, this is a selection of recordings of Radio Nova , the Dublin pirate station, which were made across the day.

First, we hear from Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Breakfast programme starting at 7.20am. This recording was made in the northwest of England off 819kHz.

Next, recorded in Dublin off 88.2MHz, this is the current affairs / magazine programme Dublin Today from 7.11pm.

Following Dublin Today at 7.30pm Colm Hayes (right) is on air and we catch 20 minutes of the show…

Later we join Jason Maine for 45 minutes worth of his evening show, also recorded off 88.2MHz FM…

The Breakfast show recording is courtesy of Gary Hogg / DX Archive
The other recordings are all thanks to Michael Andersson, with extra thanks to Lawrence John for his assistance

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Radio Nova May 27th 1983

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova on May 27th 1983, one week after the raid on the station.

From May 27th 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.25am.

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Radio Nova June 1st 1983

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

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Radio Nova June 2nd 1983

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

From June 2nd 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.20am.

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Radio Nova June 3rd 1983

From June 3rd 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.52am.

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Radio Nova July 19th 1983

This is Colm Hayes on Radio Nova from just after 6am on July 19th 1983. The recording was made in Scotland on 828kHz medium wave.

This recording is with thanks to Ken Baird of DX Archive
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Radio Nova August 10th 1983

From June 1st 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 7.53am.

From August 11th 1983, this is a recording of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova starting at 8.25am.

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Radio Nova August 12th 1983

This is a recording of Radio Nova from August 12th 1983. Starting with the 3pm News read by Sybil Fennell (pictured in the Newsroom).
We then have the final hour of John Clarke's programme which is followed by Greg Gaughren.
Although recorded from 819kHz the station were still announcing 828kHz.
Photo with huge thanks to Richie Wild

This is a recording of Radio Nova from August 12th 1983. Starting with the 3pm News read by Sybil Fennell (pictured in the Newsroom).
We then have the final hour of John Clarke’s programme which is followed by Greg Gaughren.
Although recorded from 819kHz the station were still announcing 828kHz.

John Clarke

Greg Gaughren


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Radio Nova September 20th 1983

From Tuesday morning, September 20th 1983, this is the iconic pairing of Declan Meehan (pictured, right) and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova, recorded off 88.2MHz FM just as the 8pm News starts.
Photo courtesy of Richie Wild

From Tuesday morning, September 20th 1983, this is the iconic pairing of Declan Meehan (pictured, right) and Bob Gallico on Radio Nova, recorded off 88.2MHz FM just as the 8pm News starts.

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Radio Nova September 25th 1983

Nova Gold with John Clarke from 4pm

This recording, which was made in Blackpool, England off 819kHz (even though the station were announcing 828kHz), starts at 4pm with John Clarke on air with Nova Gold, along with Martin Block on news duties.

At this time Radio Nova were using a temporary 1kW transmitter and were also broadcasting on 88.2MHz.

Radio Nova October 27th 1983

This is Tom Hardy on mid-morning duty for Radio Nova from October 27th 1983. Bob Gallico reads the News.

This is Tom Hardy on mid-morning duty for Radio Nova from October 27th 1983. Bob Gallico reads the News.

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Radio Nova October 29th 1983

From a Saturday morning on a bank holiday weekend in October 1983, this is a recording of Jason Maine on Radio Nova, the Dublin pirate station.

From a Saturday morning on a bank holiday weekend in October 1983, this is a recording of Jason Maine on Radio Nova, the Dublin pirate station.
David Malone is on news.


As broadcast

Airchecked


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Radio Nova November 1st 1983

This is a recording of Tom Hardy on Radio Nova, the Dublin pirate station, for the last hour of his show from 1pm on November 1st 1983.
Bob Gallico and Sybil Fennell are on News.

This is a recording of Tom Hardy on Radio Nova, the Dublin pirate station, for the last hour of his show from 1pm on November 1st 1983.
Bob Gallico and Sybil Fennell are on News.

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Listen airchecked


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Radio Nova November 18th 1983

From November 18th 1983,  this is Lawrence John with All Night Nova for the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova.
The recording starts at 2.10am and can be heard either 'as broadcast' or with the music stripped out.

From November 18th 1983, this is Lawrence John with All Night Nova for the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova.
The recording starts at 2.10am and can be heard either ‘as broadcast’ or with the music stripped out.

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Listen airchecked


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Radio Nova November 19th 1983

This is a recording of Soundtrack of the 60s with Gary Owens, which was an American syndicated programme, as it was played out on Radio Nova on the morning of November 19th 1983 from 9am. David Malone reads the News and this is a photograph of him in the News booth in November 1983.

This is a recording of Soundtrack of the 60s with Gary Owens, which was an American syndicated programme, as it was played out on Radio Nova on the morning of November 19th 1983 from 9am. David Malone reads the News and this is a photograph of him in the News booth in November 1983.

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Radio Nova November 22nd 1983

This is a short recording of Lawrence John in great form on Radio Nova with his iconic 'All Night Nova' from November 22nd 1983.
We join Lawrence at 2.47am.

This is a short recording of Lawrence John in great form on Radio Nova with his iconic ‘All Night Nova’ from November 22nd 1983.
We join Lawrence at 2.47am.

Lawrence John


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Radio Nova December 25th 1983

This is Greg Gaughran on Radio Nova recorded on Christmas Day in 1983. Included in the programme is Bob Gallico’s Review of the Year.

Greg and Bob


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Radio Nova January 15th 1984

From January 15th 1984 this is Chris Barry (right) on a Sunday night on Radio Nova. The recording starts at 11.10pm and runs to the midnight news with Dave Malone.
At this exact time, Radio Nova's sister station had entered its final hour of broadcast - you can listen to the parallel broadcast by tapping here.

This is Chris Barry (right) on Radio Nova from January 15th 1984. The recording starts at 11.10pm and runs to the midnight news with Dave Malone.
At this exact time, Radio Nova’s sister station had entered its final hour of broadcast – you can listen to the parallel broadcast by tapping here.

The Radio Nova recording was made in Leeds and, as such, suffers from fading and interference. This ‘anorak’ quality recording has been archived for historical completeness.


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Photo is by very kind courtesy of Richie Wild


Radio Nova January 16th 1984

This is Radio Nova in the hours following the closedown of sister station Kiss FM, which closed at midnight on January 15th 1984.
Following the end of the News with Dave Malone, Mike Moran (picture) pays tribute to the departed station at the start of his overnight programme at just after midnight as we enter January 16th.
We also catch up with the Breakfast programme with Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico before Colm Hayes, who rejoined Nova from Kiss FM, takes over at 9am.

This is Radio Nova in the hours following the closedown of sister station Kiss FM, which closed at midnight on January 15th 1984.
Following the end of the News with Dave Malone, Mike Moran (picture) pays tribute to the departed station at the start of his overnight programme at just after midnight as we enter January 16th.
We also catch up with the Breakfast programme with Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico before Colm Hayes, who rejoined Nova from Kiss FM, takes over at 9am.

This recording was made in Leeds and, as such, suffers from fading and interference. This ‘anorak’ quality recording has been archived for historical completeness.

Mike Moran

Declan & Bob

Colm Hayes


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Radio Nova January 19th 1984

From January 19th 1984 this is Radio Nova with Colm Hayes from 10.20am. He’s followed by John Clarke from midday.
This recording was made in Scotland by Ken Baird so understandably suffers from interference. It is, however, of huge historical interest. See newspaper cuttings…

Colm Hayes

Note: around ten minutes is lost in the above recording from around the hour mark…

John Clarke

Nova jammed by RTÉ
Irish Independent
Nova claim that RTÉ are blacking out the pirates
Evening Press

This recording is by very kind courtesy of Ken Baird / DX Archive
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Radio Nova January 23rd 1984

This is Radio Nova from January 23rd 1984.
We join Declan Meehan’s Brekkie Trekkie with Bob Gallico from 7.30am.
The iconic duo are followed by Colm Hayes at 9am.
And then it’s John Clarke from midday.

7.30am Declan & Bob

9am Colm Hayes

Midday John Clarke

This recording was made in Leeds by Gary Hogg, some 250 miles from the transmission site. The local ILR station Radio Aire was on the next channel of 828kHz, hence the splattering across 819kHz. As this was January there was also foreign interference, hence the hum, especially during the breakfast show. Even so, the signal was listenable.
There had been rumours of another raid this week, as the station had brought its 50kW transmitter on line. RTÉ had also started a sustained jamming campaign against the station a few days earlier. As an aside they had also been jamming South Coast Radio and ERI broadcasts in Cork.


This recording is by very kind courtesy of Gary Hogg
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Radio Nova January 25th 1984

Radio Nova off 819kHz on January 25th 1984. Starting at 7.11am and running through to 1.15pm, this is a straight 6 hours recording featuring the iconic pairing of Declan Meehan & Bob Gallico, then Colm Hayes from 9am, followed by John Clarke from midday.

It is interesting to note that this recording was made in Leeds by Gary Hogg of DX Archive.

Radio Nova February 4th 1984

From Saturday, February 4th 1984 this is a recording of Mike Moran on Dublin's Radio Nova, taken off 102.7MHz from 9.30pm. Ken Hammond reads the 10pm News

From Saturday, February 4th 1984 this is a recording of Mike Moran on Dublin’s Radio Nova, taken off 102.7MHz from 9.30pm. Ken Hammond reads the 10pm News.

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This recording is thanks to Michael Andersson with help from Lawrence John

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Radio Nova February 25th 1984

This is Lawrence John on the overnight shift for Radio Nova recorded on February 25th 1984. The recording starts at 3am.

This is Lawrence John on the overnight shift for Radio Nova recorded on February 25th 1984. The recording starts at 3am.

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Radio Nova March 10th 1984

Hugh O’Brien covering the afternoon shift for Radio Nova on March 10th 1984. This recording starts at 2.26pm and also features Bernie Jameson on News.

Radio Nova April 23rd 1984

This is an afternoon recording of Greg Gaughran (pictured right) on Radio Nova from April 23rd 1984 starting at 3.30pm.

This is an afternoon recording of Greg Gaughran (pictured right) on Radio Nova from April 23rd 1984 starting at 3.30pm.

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Radio Nova May 3rd 1984

This is a recording of Greg Gaughran on Radio Nova from May 3rd 1984 starting at 5.13pm.

This is a recording of Greg Gaughran on Radio Nova from May 3rd 1984 starting at 5.13pm.

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This recording is by kind courtesy of Richie Wild
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Radio Nova May 7th 1984

From May 7th 1984 this is programming from Dublin station Radio Nova recorded off 88.2MHz. The four recordings span much of the day from early morning through late evening.

First, from 7am, Bob Gallico is reading the news leading into his shared programme with Declan Meehan.

Following them Colm Hayes is on air from 9am.

Later in the day we catch the last hour and 10 minutes of Greg Gaughran’s afternoon programme.

Then from 7pm the ever-popular Jason Maine takes over for the evening broadcast.

These Radio Nova recordings are courtesy of Gary Hogg


These recordings were made at a time when RTÉ were engaged in a jamming campaign against the Dublin superpirates Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio. Nova’s studios had been relocated to the transmitter site at Nova Park in Rathfarnham because the microwave links from the previous studio location at Herbert Street were being targetted. To make things more difficult for RTÉ, Radio Nova were also broadcasting on 102.7MHz (in addition to 88.2MHz) and had two MW transmitters in action as well on 729kHz and 819kHz. Nova sister station Kiss FM had been broadcasting on 102.7MHz but it had been closed in January as a result of the jamming.

Radio Nova May 17th 1984

Declan Meehan in the Radio Nova studio

This is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Radio Nova Brekkie Trekkie from May 17th 1984. This recording is off 819kHz and starts at 7.45am.

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Photograph courtesy of Richie Wild
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Radio Nova June 8th 1984

This is a recording of the Dekkie Wekkie Brekkie Trekkie from June 8th 1984. Radio Nova's breakfast programme featured Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico (pictured) taken off 738kHz from 7am. The two are in top form and the station is on a new lease of life following a few turbulent months.

This is a recording of the Dekkie Wekkie Brekkie Trekkie from June 8th 1984. Radio Nova’s breakfast programme featured Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico (pictured) taken off 738kHz from 7am. The two are in top form and the station is on a new lease of life following a few turbulent months.

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Photograph courtesy of Richie Wild
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Radio Nova July 9th 1984

From July 9th 1984, this is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Dekki Wekki Brekki Trekki for Radio Nova. Following them, there's about 20 minutes of Colm Hayes' show from 9am.

From July 9th 1984, this is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Dekkie Wekkie Brekkie Trekkie for Radio Nova.
The recording is off 738kHz and starts at 6.15am.
Following them, there’s about 20 minutes of Colm Hayes’ show from 9am.

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Radio Nova July 11th 1984

From July 9th 1984, this is Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Dekki Wekki Brekki Trekki for Radio Nova. Following them, there's about 20 minutes of Colm Hayes' show from 9am.

This recording is of Declan Meehan and Bob Gallico on the Deckie Wekkie Brekkie Trekkie for Radio Nova on July 11th 1984, starting at 7.10am.

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Radio Nova July 13th 1984

From July 13th 1984, this is the final hour of All Night Nova with Chris Barry on Radio Nova, which precedes Declan Meehan’s last show for the Dublin superpirate before departing for Capital Radio.

From 5am this is Chris Barry on All Night Nova

Recorded off 738kHz, we rejoin Declan’s show at 8.10am. Bob Gallico reads the news and does his usual inserts. There’s also a short snippet of Colm Hayes, who follows at 9am.


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Radio Nova July 14th 1984

Lawrence John on the early Saturday morning shift for Radio Nova. The date for this 6am recording is July 14th 1984.

Radio Nova July 19th 1984

The morning show from Dublin station Radio Nova with Colm Hayes and Bob Gallico on a day that Ireland shook – literally!


Bernadette Jameson:- I was amused to hear my voice in an ad break in that recording, advertising Paul Penders natural hair and skin care. Googled them, found they are still going, so I ordered stuff. Must be the longest reaction to a radio ad ever!


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Radio Nova July 21st 1984

From July 21st 1984 this is the American syndicated programme Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 as it played out on Radio Nova on 102.7FM.

From July 21st 1984 this is the American syndicated programme Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 as it played out on Radio Nova on 102.7FM.

Listen


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Radio Nova August 25th 1984

Thanks to Joseph King

From Saturday, August 25th 1984, this is Chris Barry on the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova. Bernie Jameson reads the News.

Photo: Chris Barry on the right in the Radio Nova studio in Herbert Street with Dr Don.

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Radio Nova August 26th 1984

This is Jason Maine, pictured right in the older Herbert St studio, on the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from the afternoon of August 26th 1984. At this time Nova were located in Rathfarnham. 
The recording starts just as the 4pm News comes to an end.
By very kind courtesy of DX Archive

This is Jason Maine, pictured right in the older Herbert St studio, on the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from the afternoon of August 26th 1984. At this time Nova were located in Rathfarnham.
The recording starts just as the 4pm News comes to an end.

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Radio Nova September 2nd 1984

From a Sunday morning in September 1984 this is a recording of Chris Barry from 9.30am, followed by Greg Gaughran at 10am, on Radio Nova. Bernie Jameson reads the news.

First from 9.30am…Chris Barry followed by Bernie Jameson on the News at 10

Then Greg Gaughran frm 10.03am…

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Radio Nova September 28th 1984

Friday September 28th 1984. The question posed to listeners of Radio Nova was: “What would you do with £5,000?”
To win, you had to be the 50th caller once the station had played three particular songs in a row. The promos had been running for weeks but this day was the last day it could possibly happen, and it had to happen before 7pm.

Friday September 28th 1984. The question posed to listeners of Radio Nova was: "What would you do with £5,000?"
To win, you had to be the 50th caller once the station had played three particular songs in a row. The promos had been running for weeks but this day was the last day it could possibly happen, and it had to happen before 7pm.

First in these recordings, from 11.30am, John Clarke gives some clues to when it would happen. There are large gaps in the recordings so his show is split into three parts.
Following John, there’s Greg Gaughran’s show from 2pm – split into two parts due to a large gap in the recording.
There’s a choice of listening with the music stripped out or to hear the output exactly as broadcast (it becomes very important to realise it is presented here exactly as it was broadcast).

First from 11.25am…this is John Clarke either as broadcast or airchecked

Staying with John Clarke from 12.45pm, again either as broadcast or airchecked

Finally John Clarke with the last 15 minutes of his show – as broadcast or airchecked

From 2pm this is Greg Gaughran as broadcast or airchecked

We rejoin Greg Gaughran from 4pm, again as broadcast or airchecked


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Radio Nova October 24th 1984

From October 24th 1984 this is John Clarke on Dublin's Radio Nova from 10.41am.

From October 24th 1984 this is John Clarke on Dublin’s Radio Nova from 10.41am.

Listen


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Radio Nova November 7th 1984

This recording is from Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, and features Emperor Rosko's programme from November 7th 1984. We join him at 6.20pm.
Following Rosko we hear from Bernie Jameson and George Long on the 7pm News
Courtesy of emperorrosko.net

This recording is from Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, and features Emperor Rosko’s programme from November 7th 1984. We join him at 6.20pm.
Following Rosko we hear from Bernie Jameson and George Long on the 7pm News

Listen


This recording is with kind courtesy of Emmet Hand
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Radio Nova December 25th 1984

Christmas Day 1984  on Radio Nova. First, we have Denis Murray from 10.45am and he's followed by Tony Allan (right), along with an assortment of guests, from 2pm.

Christmas Day 1984 on Radio Nova. First, we have Denis Murray from 10.45am and he’s followed by Tony Allan (right), along with an assortment of guests, from 2pm.

10:45 Denis Murray

14:00 Tony Allan


Photograph of Tony Allan is by very kind courtesy of Joseph King
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Radio Nova December 31st 1984

Radio Nova says goodbye to their annus horribilis. Tony Allan (right) sees in 1985 with the help of plenty of studio invasions. This recording has large segments missing and is mostly airchecked.

Radio Nova says goodbye to their annus horribilis. Tony Allan (right) sees in 1985 with the help of plenty of studio invasions. This recording has large segments missing and is mostly airchecked.

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Radio Nova January 10th 1985

This is a recording of Peter Madison (pictured) on Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, on the afternoon of January 10th 1985.
Photo courtesy of DX Archive

This is a recording of Peter Madison (pictured) on Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, from the afternoon of January 10th 1985.


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Radio Nova January 21st 1985

This is Tony Allan on the afternoon shift for Dublin’s Radio Nova. The recording is from January 21st 1985 and starts at 2.30pm.

This recording is with thanks to Chris Ridley
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Radio Nova March 25th 1985

From the afternoon of March 25th 1985 this is a recording of Radio Nova, the Dublin station broadcasting from Rathfarnham.
First, we catch the last ten minutes or so of Greg Gaughran's show leading to the 1pm News with Bob Gallico and Mark Weller.
Next up is Tony McKenzie.
Greg Gaughran (thanks to Richie Wild)

From the afternoon of March 25th 1985 this is a recording of Radio Nova, the Dublin station broadcasting from Rathfarnham.
First, we catch the last ten minutes or so of Greg Gaughran’s show leading to the 1pm News with Bob Gallico and Mark Weller.
Next up is Tony McKenzie.

Greg Gaughran

Tony McKenzie

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Radio Nova April 1st 1985

This is Tony McKenzie introducing AM Stereo to Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate based in Nova Park, Rathfarnham.
The date is April 1st 1985 and the recording starts at 2.40pm with the changeover, a first outside the USA according to the station’s engineers, due straight after the 3pm News with Mark Weller.

Tony McKenzie

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Radio Nova April 29th 1985

This is the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from April 29th 1985.

This is the Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from April 29th 1985.

The first recording starts at 2am and features Noel Clancy on overnight.

Noel Clancy

Then, from 7.45am it’s the Breakfast Show with John Clarke and Bob Gallico, who also mention a new sister station Magic 103.

John Clarke & Bob Gallico

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Radio Nova May 20th 1985

This is Rick Dees' American Music Magazine as broadcast on Dublin's Radio Nova on May 20th 1985. The recording starts just before the 9am News read by Bob Gallico.

This is Rick Dees’ American Music Magazine as broadcast on Dublin’s Radio Nova on May 20th 1985. The recording starts just before the 9am News read by Bob Gallico.

Rick Dees


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Radio Nova May 31st 1985

This is a recording of a Radio Nova outside broadcast from the Nutgrove Shopping Centre from May 31st 1985.
It features Greg Gaughran and Colm Hayes, both pictured at the OB, and it starts at 3.10pm.
This recording also features Mark Weller reading the news.

Greg on the left and Colm on the right. With thanks to Barry Flynn

This Radio Nova recording is a Radio Retro original

Radio Nova June 6th 1985

This is a recording of Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, which starts at just before midnight on June 6th 1985.

It features the final of the Funny Bubble Competition (an entry form is seen here in the Sunday World) live from Nova Park.

A whole host of Nova personalities – Tony Allan, John Clarke, Bob Gallico, Chris Cary & Colm Hayes – are involved as the winner is chosen from 12 finalists.

Henry Owens plays the tunes back in the studio and Bernie Jameson reads the news.

The first recording was made in the NW of England and conditions are variable for the duration.

The second recording was made on FM from just after midnight and is airchecked.


The first recording (and image) is with kind courtesy of Gary Hogg / DX Archive
The second recording is with thanks to Paul Buckle

Radio Nova June 7th 1985

This is the Radio Nova Breakfast Programme from the morning after the Funny Bubble Competition Final the night before, which went on until the early hours. John Clarke and Bob Gallico nurse their sore heads as they entertain Dubliners in this recording off 102.7MHz  which starts at 7.17am.

This is the Radio Nova Breakfast Programme from the morning after the Funny Bubble Competition Final the night before, which went on until the early hours. John Clarke and Bob Gallico nurse their sore heads as they entertain Dubliners in this recording off 102.7MHz which starts at 7.17am.


Thanks to Joe Cashin

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Radio Nova July 4th 1985

This is Henry Owens sitting in on Radio Nova’s Breakfast Show on July 4th 1985. The recording was made off 102.7MHz and starts at 7.25am.

Radio Nova July 5th 1985

This is a recording of Ric Harris on Radio Nova from July 5th 1985. It starts at 5.35pm.

Radio Nova July 6th 1985

From 6am on Saturday, July 6th 1985 this is a recording of the unique talents of Peter Madison (below) on air for Dublin station Radio Nova. David Johnson is on news.

Photo courtesy of DX Archive

Radio Nova July 14th 1985

Chris Cary

A recording of The Boss on Radio Nova. Presenting the Euro Top 40 on July 14th 1985, this is Chris Cary with the best five from 3.40pm.
There’s also a brief snippet of the 4pm news with Bernie Jameson.

Radio Nova July 24th 1985

This is Ric Harris on the evening shift for Radio Nova in the summer of 1985. Recorded off 102.7MHz in Dublin, we join the proceedings at just after 10.30pm.
Dave Johnson reads the News.

This is Ric Harris on the evening shift for Radio Nova in the summer of 1985. Recorded off 102.7MHz in Dublin, we join the proceedings at just after 10.30pm.
Dave Johnson reads the News.


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Radio Nova July 28th 1985

This is the Euro Top 40 presented by Chris Cary (right) in Dublin on Radio Nova. It starts at midday on a Sunday afternoon, July 28th 1985.
There's a few minutes of Tony McKenzie's show straight afterwards and George Long, then Bernie Jameson read the News.

This is the Euro Top 40 presented by Chris Cary (right) in Dublin on Radio Nova. It starts at midday on a Sunday afternoon, July 28th 1985.
There’s a few minutes of Tony McKenzie’s show straight afterwards and George Long, then Bernie Jameson read the News.

Photo thanks to Richie Wild
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Radio Nova August 10th 1985

From early morning on August 10th 1985 this is Peter Madison (pictured) on the air across all of Radio Nova’s and Magic 103’s frequencies. Dave Johnson reads the News.


Photograph by courtesy of Richie Wild
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Radio Nova September 19th 1985

This is a recording of Dave Harvey on Breakfast with Bob Gallico from 6am on September 19th 1985 on Radio Nova.

This is a recording of Dave Harvey on Breakfast with Bob Gallico from 6am on September 19th 1985 on Radio Nova.

As broadcast

Alternatively you can listen in airchecked format

Radio Nova September 21st 1985

Radio Nova - On air, as we join the broadcast, is Tony McKenzie from 2pm.

This is a recording of a Radio Nova outside broadcast from September 1985. The Dublin station were set up in the Arnotts store in the city centre.

On air, as we join the broadcast, is Tony McKenzie (right) from 2pm.
George Long reads the 3pm News.

Radio Nova - Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

Bernie Jameson reads the news and Barry Francis gives the latest sport updates.

Tony McKenzie from 2pm

Dave Harvey and Bob Gallico from 4pm

Listen with the music stripped out…

Radio Nova - Then, from 4pm Dave Harvey (left) and Bob Gallico (below) entertain the listeners at home and in Arnotts.

All images are from the Arnotts outside broadcast and are by very kind courtesy of Barry Flynn

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Radio Nova September 24th 1985

From the very early hours of September 24th 1985, this is the last 15 minutes of Paul Kavanagh's programme on Radio Nova, running until 1am, followed by the first 15 minutes of Mke Duggan's overnight shift.

From the very early hours of September 24th 1985, this is the last 15 minutes of Paul Kavanagh’s programme on Radio Nova, running until 1am, followed by the first 15 minutes of Mke Duggan’s overnight shift.


Enjoy the recording as it was broadcast


Alternatively you can listen in airchecked format

Radio Nova October 7th 1985

This is the very first ever outing for Radio Nova's Zoo Crew. Colm Hayes, Bob Gallico and Dave Harvey were all in the Dublin studio on the morning of October 7th 1985.
The quality of this recording is not great but its historical value makes it worth listening to and archiving.

This is the very first ever outing for Radio Nova’s Zoo Crew. Colm Hayes, Bob Gallico and Dave Harvey were all in the Dublin studio on the morning of October 7th 1985.
The quality of this recording is not great but its historical value makes it worth listening to and archiving.

Listen as broadcast…

Listen with the music stripped out…


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Radio Nova October 20th 1985

This is an evening's worth of programming from Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, from October 20th 1985.
First, we hear the last half hour of George Talbot's programme leading up to the 7pm top of the hour.
Then, from 7pm, it's Tony Allan in for the evening.

This is an evening’s worth of programming from Radio Nova, the Dublin superpirate, from October 20th 1985.
First, we hear the last half hour of George Talbot’s programme leading up to the 7pm top of the hour.
Then, from 7pm, it’s Tony Allan in for the evening.

George Talbot

Tony Allan from 7pm

Tony Allan from 11pm

The final days of the mighty 102.7. They were forced to move off 102.7 a couple weeks after this when the RTE dirty tricks department managed to get assigned 102.7 from Clermont Cairn

Kevin Branigan

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Radio Nova October 25th 1985

From the morning of October 7th 1985 this is a recording of The Zoo Crew from The Nut Hut on Radio Nova. .

From the morning of October 25th 1985 this is a recording of The Zoo Crew from The Nut Hut on Radio Nova.
The quality at the start of this recording is not great but its historical value makes it worth listening to and archiving.


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Radio Nova December 24th 1985

Christmas Eve morning with Radio Nova’s Zoo Crew from 1985. Colm Hayes, Bob Gallico and assorted guests keep the party flowing from 7.40am.

From one end of the day to the other as John O’Hara plays his last tune before handing over to Jessie Brandon just as the clocks strike midnight for Christmas Day – and All Night Nova.

Radio Nova December 25th 1985

Christmas Day on Radio Nova in 1985 with George Talbot from just after midday.

Christmas Day on Radio Nova in 1985 with George Talbot from just after midday.

Radio Nova January 3rd 1986

From January 3rd 1986 this is a recording of Radio Nova’s Zoo Crew featuring Colm Hayes and Bob Gallico.

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Radio Nova January 9th 1986

This is a recording of Radio Nova made off long wave in January 1986. Nova had been relaying their programming on 254kHz for around a month at this point. George Talbot is on the air for this Thursday afternoon. Sybil Fennell reads the news.

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Radio Nova LW January 28th 1986

This is a recording of Radio Nova made off long wave in January 1986. Nova had been sporadically relaying their usual programming on 254kHz for just over a month but on January 28th they broadcast split programming in the afternoon. Chris Barry was on the longwave service playing ‘country’ music favourites, which reunited with the main service for the news broadcasts, read by Sybil Fennell.
At 6pm the long wave transmitter resumed the relay of standard programming.

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Radio Nova March 11th 1986

This is a recording of Radio Nova from the afternoon of March 11th 1986. Colm Hayes is on the air and Sybil Fennell reads the News. We join the show at 3.35pm.


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Radio Nova March 12th 1986

From the evening of March 12th 1986 this is Richard Jackson on the air from 9.45pm. Gary Hamill is on News duty.


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Radio Nova March 13th 1986

This is Tony McKenzie on the mid-morning shift for Radio Nova. The recording starts at 9.45am. Bob Gallico reads the News.
Then from later in the day, there’s some explosive evening News bulletins with Sybil Fennell and Gary Hamill.


Tony McKenzie

News at 7pm

News at 8pm

News at 9pm

News at 10pm

News at 11pm

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Radio Nova March 14th 1986

These are a few recordings from Radio Nova across Friday, March 14th 1986.
We start with the midnight news from Gary Hamill with some explosive news about the station itself.
Then it’s John O’Hara from 7am with Bob Gallico on News.
Next, we have Colm Hayes in two separate recordings. First for a half hour from 1pm and then later on from 3.55pm.


Midnight News Gary Hamill

7am John O’Hara

1pm Colm Hayes

3.55pm Colm Hayes

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Radio Nova March 15th 1986

This is a segment from the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 as aired on Radio Nova on March 15th 1986. We join the recording just as the midday news with Gary Hamill starts.

This is a segment from the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 as aired on Radio Nova on March 15th 1986. We join the recording just as the midday news with Gary Hamill starts.


Listen

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Radio Nova March 16th 1986

Here’s a few recordings of Dublin superpirate Radio Nova from across March 16th 1986.

First Paul Kavanagh makes it sound easy like Sunday morning from 9.30am.

Then we join Dave Johnson as he starts this week’s European Top 40 at midday.

Next we join him as he concludes the first hour of the show from 12.55pm.

Then, we join Dave as he counts down from number 4 to finish the show from 2.45pm.

Finally, after a break in transmission as announced on the 3pm News, we join John O’Hara with Nova Gold from 3.26pm

Paul Kavanagh from 9.30am

Dave Johnson from midday

John O’Hara from 3.30pm

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Radio Nova March 17th 1986

From Monday, March 17th 1986 on Radio Nova we have Colm Hayes from the afternoon recorded off FM and then George Talbot from the evening recorded off MW.


Colm Hayes

George Talbot

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Radio Nova March 18th 1986

This is Radio Nova on the morning of March 18th 1986 with John O’Hara and Bob Gallico on Breakfast from 8am recorded off 738kHz.


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Radio Nova March 19th 1986

Radio Nova from March 19th 1986.

This morning on Radio Nova was the same as any other. John O’Hara and Bob Gallico were on Breakfast and they were followed at 9am by Tony McKenzie…

8.15am

The first on-air hint that something was not right was the News bulletin at 1pm. It wasn’t the usual extended one.

Then, as the 3pm News with Gary Hamill was approaching, Colm Hayes was heard asking for Chris or Tony to contact the station.

Following the 3pm News the signal on FM went silent for a few seconds and returned with a different song to the one which had been playing. Even stranger, it was a different song to the one on 738kHz. 103.1FM continued with continuous music. There were no idents or anything else to give the listener any idea what was happening.

On medium wave Colm Hayes continued and we rejoin his show at 4.40pm to hear that Radio Nova was closing down. The 5pm News makes things a little clearer.

George Talbot in the temporary Radio Nova studio for the final day of broadcasting.
Courtesy of George

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Radio Nova November 18th 1987

From November 18th 1987 this is a recording of a brand new but very familiar radio station in Dublin. Radio Nova was back from the dead with live programming earlier.
We join Niall McGowan from 9.15pm.

From November 18th 1987 this is a recording of a brand new but very familiar radio station in Dublin. Radio Nova was back from the dead with live programming following a few days on test on 99.9MHz.
We join Niall McGowan from 9.08am.


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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.

Listen


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Nova Power 103 December 7th 1987

From Monday December 7th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay on  Nova Power 103FM. The recording starts at 12.40pm and was made off 103.0MHz.

From Monday December 7th 1987 this is Pat Courtenay on Nova Power 103FM. The recording starts at 12.40pm and was made off 103.0MHz. Bob Gallico and Teena Gates read the News.

Listen


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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.

Listen


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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.

Listen


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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.

Listen


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Radio Nova May 4th 1988

This is the official launch of Radio Nova International recorded directly from the Intelsat satellite feed on May 4th 1988.
We hear from Pat Sharpe first at 3.45pm before the ceremonies commence with the station launch conducted by the Minister of State for Broadcasting, Timothy Renton. Following the launch Greg Edwards is on air.

Launch

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Radio Nova May 24th 1988

From the afternoon of May 24th 1988 this is Radio Nova International recorded directly from the Intelsat satellite feed.
First we hear from Chris Cary as he finishes his show and he’s followed by the return of Declan Meehan to Radio Nova from 1pm.

Listen

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Radio Nova August 1st 1988

This recording from August 1st 1988 of Radio Nova’s satellite-delivered incarnation starts at 3.15pm with Cassidy Jones on air leading to the 4pm news which featured Teena Gates on an insert for the Dublin relay initiated by Liberty 104 on 104.3MHz.

Radio Nova August 19th 1988

This recording of Radio Nova's satellite-delivered incarnation dates from December 17th 1988  and features the Bossman, Chris Cary, getting his hands dirty on the Nova Night Network.

Recorded directly from the Intelsat satellite feed, this is Radio Nova International from August 19th 1988.

Starting from 9.35am, we join Paul Burnett for the end of his show. He’s followed at 10am by Pat Courtenay.

Paul Burnett

Pat Courtenay

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Radio Nova September 7th 1988

This is the Nova Night Network from just after midnight on September 7th 1988. Pat Courtnay is on the air in this recording which was taken from Westsound Ayr on 96.7MHz.

This is the Nova Night Network from just after midnight on September 7th 1988. Pat Courtenay is on the air in this recording which was taken from Westsound Ayr on 96.7MHz.

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This recording is thanks to Ian Biggar.

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Radio Nova December 17th 1988

This recording of Radio Nova's satellite-delivered incarnation dates from December 17th 1988  and features the Bossman, Chris Cary, getting his hands dirty on the Nova Night Network.

This recording of Radio Nova’s satellite-delivered incarnation dates from December 17th 1988 and features the Bossman, Chris Cary, getting his hands dirty on the Nova Night Network.

Radio Nova October 2nd 1990

This is a recording of the satellite-delivered Radio Nova as broadcast on October 2nd 1990. Chris Cary and guests give consumer tips and advice on the fledgling domestic satellite TV scene on the Satellite Surgery programme.

This is a recording of the satellite-delivered Radio Nova as broadcast on October 2nd 1990. Chris Cary and guests give consumer tips and advice on the fledgling domestic satellite TV scene on the Satellite Surgery programme.

Radio Nova October 19th 1990

This is a recording of the satellite-delivered Radio Nova as broadcast on October 2nd 1990. Chris Cary and guests give consumer tips and advice on the fledgling domestic satellite TV scene on the Satellite Surgery programme.

This is a recording of the Astra satellite-delivered Radio Nova as broadcast on October 19th 1990. The show is Satellite Surgery, which gave consumer tips and advice on the fledgling domestic satellite TV scene.

Radio Nova November 9th 1990

This is a recording of the Astra satellite-delivered Radio Nova as broadcast on November 9th 1990. The show is Satellite Surgery, which gave consumer tips and advice on the fledgling domestic satellite TV scene.

This is a recording of the Astra satellite-delivered Radio Nova as broadcast on November 9th 1990. The show is Satellite Surgery, which gave consumer tips and advice on the fledgling domestic satellite TV scene.

Radio Nova December 25th 1990

Radio Nova International delivered a Christmas Day treat to its listeners in 1990 by airing this documentary at 4pm. Looking at the history of the radio ident, Jingles All The Way was written and produced by Tony Currie.

Radio Nova International delivered a Christmas Day treat to its listeners in 1990 by airing this documentary at 4pm. Looking at the history of the radio ident, Jingles All The Way was written and produced by Tony Currie.

Radio Nova February 16th 1991

This is a recording of Radio Nova International, the satellite radio service broadcasting via Astra 1, from February 16th 1991.

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