This is a recording of the first live programming on Zoom 103, the very short-lived station that launched as Radio Nova was shutting down.
In the first recording we hear how Zoom 103 arrived – as an unidentified continuous music service that replaced Radio Nova on FM on the day Radio Nova was forced to close down. Nova’s FM transmitter on 103.1MHz was switched off just after the 3pm News and Zoom 103 was switched on.
Non-stop music continued long after Radio Nova’s 6pm closedown until the first live link at 10.15pm with Richard Jackson.
Having arrived on the air just as Radio Nova was forced to shut down the day before, Zoom 103 went fully live on March 20th 1986 with the exact same line-up as Radio Nova, all in the exact same slots. We have a selection of recordings from the day…
This first recording features an hour of Tony McKenzie’s show from just after the midday News, read by Bob Gallico.
12:00 Tony McKenzie
Next, we have some of Colm Hayes’s show (broken into segments) with Gary Hamill on News.
13:57 Colm Hayes and Gary Hamill
14:54 Colm Hayes and Gary Hamill
15:45 Colm Hayes and Gary Hamill
Then we have a couple of selections from George Talbot’s programme, again with Gary Hamill on News
18:18 George Talbot and Gary Hamill
19:20 George Talbot and Gary Hamill
Finally there’s an hour of Richard Jackson from 9pm
21:00 Richard Jackson
Recordings with thanks to Joe Rossa, Seán McCarthy and Gary Hogg
This is a selection of recordings from March 21st 1986, the second full day of the very short-lived station Zoom 103, which immediately replaced Radio Nova when it closed down…
This first recording features John O’Hara’s show, which we join just as Bob Gallico finishes reading the 9am News. Kathy Quinn is also in studio.
09:00 John O’Hara
Next, we have some of Tony McKenzie’s show, which we join at 10.16am.
10:16 Tony McKenzie
Then we have Colm Hayes from 3.30pm with Gary Hamill on News
15:33 Colm Hayes
Recordings with thanks to Jess Codd and Gary Hogg
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