This is edition number 339 of Phantom FM’s iconic programme presented by Ger Roe and Pete Reed as broadcast on December 22nd 2002.
Christmas on the radio through the years is the theme of this week’s Anorak Hour, which starts with a clip of Tommy Greene on his first day on Radio Dublin from December 1979. These days Tommy is with Lite Fm and he’s also sampled with his Saturday night ‘Soundtrack of the ’70s’ show.
From Christmas Eve 1985, Dave Kelly is featured next on the ‘Q Drive’ for Q102. Gary Hamill reads the news.
Sunshine Radio, with Paul Kavanagh on air from December 1983, is next, quickly followed by Mike Doyle on Radio Annabel from Christmas Eve of the same year.
Irish radio was never to be the same again. Gay Byrne’s final show for RTÉ Radio 1 aired on Christmas Eve 1998. It is extensively featured next.
From a stormy St Stephen’s Day in 1997, Philip Cawley on air for Radio Ireland (which was renamed Today FM shortly afterwards) is the next archive recording.
Finally, a sample from Dundalk station Radio Carousel’s Christmas Party from the mid-80s.
Pete Reed then presents the week’s broadcast news and brings us right up to date.