This is a recording of Cork pirate station South Coast Radio off 102.9MHz from the evening of October 29th 1982. On the air is Keith York from 6.50pm and he’s followed at 7pm by Nick Richards. Stevie Dunn is on News.
On the morning of April 1st 1983, with South Coast Radio in Cork broadcasting as normal using their 10kw transmitter on 1566kHz and on FM, local listeners chancing upon the station’s ‘spare’ frequency using a standby 200watt transmitter on 1557kHz would have been amazed to hear the return of the ship-bound offshore pirate Radio Caroline, which had been promising to make a comeback for a while at that stage, and had now anchored off the coast at Cork.
This recording starts at 11.20am with Hertz van Rental.
The reasons why Radio Caroline were on the frequency was eventually revealed.
The transmitter returned to South Coast Radio programming, with Tony Allan, following the midday news.
From Sunday, October 30th 1983, this is a selection of programming across the day from the Cork station South Coast Radio.
First, from 1.35pm, live from the Jazz Festival, there’s a link-up between the studio (John Lewis) and Dan Lowrey’s Tavern (Keith York) for some live music.
This recording was made in Cork by Gary Hogg (DXArchive.com) who remembers: The link-up with the Jazz Festival at Dan Lowry’s is interesting as Keith (who sounded like he had been enjoying the Guinness!) and Johnnie mention about the jamming of the link. I remember them having a lot of trouble at that time with someone jamming their signals.
From 3.30pm, more from John Lewis, recorded off 1557kHz .
Then, from 4pm, Steve Douglas takes over, also recorded off 1557kHz.
Later, from 7.20pm, George Long is on evening duty, this time recorded off 102.9MHz.
Radio Retro – archiving Irish Radio broadcasts in collaboration with Gary Hogg
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