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Zoom 103 March 19th 1986

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.

Zoom 103 March 20th 1986

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

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.
This recording features an hour of Tony McKenzie's show from just after the midday News, read by Bob Gallico.

Recordings with thanks to Joe Rossa, Seán McCarthy and Gary Hogg

Zoom 103 March 21st 1986

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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