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IRISH RADIO ARCHIVES: DECEMBER 1988 CLOSEDOWNS

December 31st 2013 marks 25 years since the end of the "Irish Pirate Radio Era". The files below are historical off air recordings from Irish free radio stations from the month prior to the Legislation of 31st December 1988. Although having some of the actual closedowns on the site, we thought it would be good to hear some of the real programmes in the month running up to legislation.

 

The majority of the recordings listed below were made from MW on the UK west coast, and as is normal in the winter months, interference from the then mega-powered European stations was quite severe at times.

This along with the variety of radios, aerials, and tape machines used has given a huge quality variation in the sound quality of these recordings.

We have also added a few recordings from the few stations which continued to operate, or re-appeared during 1989.

Enjoy the memories from an era which will never happen again.

Any further recordings not on the site would be gratefully received.

Boyneside, WLR and Raidio Luimni must surely be the only three stations formed in the late 70's, and were on air continously until 1988?? (Radio Dublin was slightly different in that they started in the 60's and carried on till the 2000's!!)

 

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ABC TRAMORE / WATERFORD

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ABC began broadcasting from a caravan in Tramore in March 1982 using a AM transmitter on 729kHz. By the time of legislation they had studios in Waterford City and were operating on 1026kHz with a professional 1kW Gates transmitter and had a number of FM relays along the south coast of Ireland. They left the air at 3pm on Friday 30th December 1988.

 

ABC Waterford 30-12-88 Final Programme From 1.33pm.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 122,148k

 

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BIG M - CASTLEBLANEY, CO MONAGHAN
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Big M had been on since the early 80's.Various frequencies were used. They ended up on 864 and 954kHz by the time of legislation. The station went off the air on the evening of Friday 30th December 1988.

 

881230_friday_0929-1100_954_big_m_last_day_reel_23_kb.mp3 73,813k

 

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BOYNESIDE RADIO - DROGHEDA
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Boyneside Radio was one of the oldest and biggest stations on the East Coast by the time of Legislation. It started back in 1978 as Local Radio Drogheda, and continued for over 10 years. The transmitters built by Heddy Eddie pushed out some excellent signals across the Irish Sea, as well as up and down the Irish East Coast. Indeed it was one of the three strongest signals into the UK West Coast with Q102 and Sunshine. There was a big listenership of Eddie's weekly 'Green Scene' in the UK.

In the biggest coverage of all the Irish stations on that final day Saturday 31st December 1988, Boyneside programmes could be heard on AM 1233kHz, 1305kHz, 1386kHz (covering much of North East Ireland), FM 98.1MHz, and Shortwave 6205kHz, 6231kHz across Europe.

The main transmitters fell silent at 3pm, but 1233kHz (Boyneside North service at Carrickarnon) carried on for an extra hour until 4pm with extra listener requests.

 

881206_tue_boyneside_drogheda_1305am_0915-1230_mikeahern.mp3 174,880k
881213_tue_boyneside_drogheda_1305am_0925-1245_mikeahern.mp3 175,080k
881222_thu_boyneside_drogheda_1305am_1245-1600_heddyeddie.mp3 176,810k
881230_fri_boyneside_drogheda_1305am_0920-1230_mikeahern_heddyeddie.mp3 174,800k
881230_fri_boyneside_drogheda_1305am_1250-1620_heddyeddie_dermotfinglas.mp3 174,970k
881230_fri_boyneside_drogheda_1005fm_1850-1935_michaelgerrard.mp3 41,890k
881230_fri_boyneside_drogheda_1005fm_2015-2100_michaelgerrard.mp3 41,830k
881231_sat_boyneside_1005fm_1337-1505_final_day_signoff.mp3 211,653k
881231_sat_boyneside_drogheda_1300-1347_final_show_studio_copy.mp3 90,232k
881231_sat_boyneside_drogheda_1347-1435_final_show_studio_copy.mp3 89,905k
881231_sat_boyneside_drogheda_1435-signoff_final_show_studio_copy.mp3 52,836k

 

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BOYNESIDE RADIO - NAVAN
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Boyneside Radio Navan was a later arrival in the Boyneside Network and took the 1386kHz frequency following the closure of Radio Carousel in Navan Shopping Centre.

 

881216_fri_boyneside_navan_1386_1040-1355_tina_poor_at_end.mp3
182,877k

 

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BOYNESIDE RADIO - NORTHERN SERVICE
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Boyneside Radio Northern Service was a stalwart on 1233kHz AM and operated from around mid 1982 until 4pm on Saturday 31st December 1988. The station was located on the border north of Dundalk, and beamed towards Newry and Belfast.

 

881214_wed_boyneside_north_1233_1055-1410_deedee_heddyeddie.mp3
182,888k
Boyneside Radio North Carrickcarnon 31-12-88 Final Programme From 1.22pm.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 144,824k

 

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BREFFNI RADIO - KILNALECK, CO CAVAN
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Breffni Radio was another long running station, having begun broadcasting around 1983 on 1170kHz. The signal got out very well on this channel but had changed to 657kHz by the time of legislation. The latter frequency was difficult to hear in the UK due to a transmitter in Wales, and also BLB in Bray on the same channel. This recording was made in Scotland and other stations on the channel can be clearly heard.

 

881226_mon_breffni_657_0850-1005_sean_co_channel_interference.mp3 71,527k

 

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CAPITOL RADIO - DUBLIN (1017)
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Capitol was the alternative music station in Dublin, and began operating around 1983 on 1017kHz AM. The signal got out well and into the UK in the early days, but they eventually dropped this in favour of FM only. Capitol was on 94.1MHz and 95.8MHz when they closed on 31st December 1988.

 

881227_tue_capitol_958fm_2230-2400_tonygahan_finalshow.mp3 173,850k
881231_sat_capitol_dublin_958fm_2240-2325_closedown_night.mp3 43,700k
881231_sat_capitol_dublin_958fm_2325-2400_final_closedown.mp3 35,120k

 

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CLASS RADIO - DUBLIN
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KLAS 98, later renamed CLASS 98 was the easy listening station in Dublin, and began operating around 1986 on 98.5MHz. It originally operated from a garage at the back of Hugh Hardy's house in Dublin. The station closed at 8pm on Saturday 31st December 1988.

 

 881231_sat_class_985fm_1700-1730_davidbaker_history_of_klas_hissy_signal.mp3 24,840k
881231_sat_class_985fm_1800-1915_johnmay_hissy_signal.mp3 65,090k
881231_sat_class_985fm_1915-2000_closedown_johnmay_hissy_signal.mp3 42,620k

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CONNEMARA COMMUNITY RADIO - LETTERFRACK, CO GALWAY

This station operated for a few weeks at the end of 1988. It was a community station serving a few thousand listeners and operated from Letterfrack. This station eventually obtained a license in 1995 and is still operating today. The recording is from the day prior to closedown as a pirate.

 

 881230_fri_letterfrack_comm_radio_connemara.mp3 45,749k

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COMMUNITY RADIO FINGAL / PULSAR 98 (SWORDS)
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Community Radio Fingal (CRF) began operating from the Rockabill Hotel in Skerries during 1982. Initially on 1584kHz, they eventually settled on 1575kHz, and following a fire in the hotel moved to owner Brian Mathew's house, in Loughshinney. The transmitter, reputed to be former South Dublin Radio SW tx with 20 807's, was housed in a container nearby the studio. The studio was in an shed nearby.

Sometime in 1986 or maybe 1987?? the moved into the Swords Shopping Centre. At some point the station merged with Pulsar 98 FM. The stations went off the air at midnight on Friday 30th December 1988. The recordings we have of the last day are from 1575kHz, where the modulation was not very clear.

 

 881230_fri_fingal_pulsar98_1575am_0945-1630_final_day.mp3 349,440k

 

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RADIO DUBLIN
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Radio Dublin had been around since the mid 60’s in one form or another. They were the first to challenge the broadcast laws with a daily service back in 1978. The station operated past legislation in December 1988 but suffered more issues than those stations which continued on the border and in Donegal.

A few recordings from 1989 are also included here when the station was still operating from Inchicore Road. Radio Dublin went off 1188kHz AM when it lost the Inchicore Road premises in the early 1990’s, but continued daily on 101MHz FM and occasionally shortwave 6910kHz until it disappeared sometime during the 2000’s.

 

881225_sun_dublin_1188_1100-1400_shaywest_johndean_captains_news_poor_signal_and_audio.mp3 172,210k
890119_thu_dublin_1188_0925-0946_esb_cut_electric.mp3

17,296k

890119_thu_dublin_1188_1528-1610_drivetime.mp3

41,171k

890122_sun_dublin_1188_1300-1400_brianpage_captains_news.mp3 50,730k
890615_thu_dublin_100fm_1555-1640_joedoyle.mp3

43,040k

890615_thu_dublin_100fm_1640-1815_joedoyle_paulcoady.mp3

64,810k

890615_thu_dublin_100fm_1920-2005_paulcoady_bernardevans.mp3

43,820k

890615_thu_dublin_100fm_2020-2105_bernardevans.mp3

42,130k

890615_thu_dublin_100fm_2145-2315_bernardevans_tonyjackson.mp3

87,190k

890702_sun_dublin_101fm_1830-1915_mikewilson.mp3

44,330k

 

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RADIO ERI - CORK
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Radio ERI began broadcasting from Ballycotton in 1982 as Eastside Radio on 1332kHz. By the time of legislation it had moved into Cork City and was running a 5kW AM transmitter on 1305kHz and high power on FM.

 

 ERI Cork 30-12-88 Final Night Of Broadcasting 2101 - 0005.mp3 (via Rodney) 173,037k

 

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ERNESIDE RADIO - BELTURBET - CO CAVAN
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Erneside Community Radio covered a large part of the Midlands around County Cavan on 1251kHz, and was on the air from around 1984 until 31st December 1988.

 

 881222_thu_erneside_1251am_0942-1034.mp3 47,610k
881222_thu_erneside_1251am_1033-1235_larrybyrne.mp3
111,200k
881231_sat_erneside_1251_final_day_0940-1050_larrybyrne_linseyshelbourne.mp3 67,561k
881231_sat_erneside_1251_final_day_1053-1140_linseyshelbourne.mp3 44,987k
881231_sat_erneside_1251_final_day_1140-1400_linseyshelbourne.mp3 137,860k

 

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RADIO FAX - DROGHEDA
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Radio Fax was a UK experimental station broadcasting pre-recorded programmes of technical information using a transmitter located in the Drogheda area, until 30th December 1988.

 

881214_wed_fax_drogheda_1611_1835-1955.mp3 86,042k
881216_fri_fax_drogheda_1611_0630-0800.mp3 96,949k
881230_fri_fax_drogheda_1611_final_programme_fades_and_crackles.mp3 45,383k
881230_fri_fax_drogheda_6205_final_programme_after_hcjb_tx_cutoff_some_fades.mp3 56,534k

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HEARTBEAT FM - DUBLIN
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Heartbeat was a station playing easy listening songs in Dublin. The FM was heard in the UK during a lift. They had a fairly low power MW transmitter on air during the latter days on 1116kHz.

 

881230_fri_heartbeat_955fm_1843-1930_robin_trevor_tracyevans.mp3 87,450k
881230_fri_heartbeat_955fm_1930-2018_tracyevans.mp3 87,670k
881230_fri_heartbeat_955fm_2244-2330_final_night.mp3 86,990k
881230_fri_heartbeat_955fm_2330-2420_final_closedown.mp3 109,240k
Heartbeat FM Dublin 30-12-88 Last 4 Hours Part Airchecked Until Midnight.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 120,381k

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KISS FM - MONAGHAN
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KISS FM began tests in early 1988 and beamed a massive signal into Belfast on 103.7MHz from a mountain site in Monaghan. They also had a 5kW AM transmitter originally on 1008kHz, and finally on 1413kHz. Sadly they had technical issues just days before legislation and lost the AM output. The powerful FM signal continued though until the end at 6pm Friday 31st December.

 

881209_fri_kiss_monaghan_1413am_0800-1115_heavy_foreign_interference.mp3 175,500k
881223_fri_kiss_monaghan_1413am_0747-0839_nickrichards_foreign_interference.mp3 47,650k
881223_fri_kiss_monaghan_1413am_0841-1105_nickrichards_tomhardy.mp3 128,950k
881226_mon_kissfm_1037fm_1830-2000_susancharles_hissy.mp3 180,944k
881227_tue_kissfm_1037fm_2040-2200_johnfriday_hissy.mp3 164,157k
KISS FM 103.7 Monaghan 30-12-88 Last Day Of Broadcasting 0559 - 1003.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 350,746k
KISS FM 103.7 Monaghan 30-12-88 Last Day Of Broadcasting 1002 - 1400.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 342,444k
KISS FM 103.7 Monaghan 30-12-88 Last Day Of Broadcasting 1403 - 1806.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 349,827k

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KITS - MONAGHAN
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KITS was one of the four stations to come on air late in the day in Monaghan Town. Their signal on 100.9 used to make it into Scotland regularly, but the MW which was another late addition on 837kHz suffered from QRM from the BBC in Barrow in Furness.

 

KITS 101 FM Monaghan 31-12-88 Last Day Of Broadcasting 0803 - 1101.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 238,321k
KITS 101 FM Monaghan 31-12-88 Last Day Of Broadcasting 1100 - 1404.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 234,023k

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RAIDIO LUIMNI - LIMERICK
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Raidio Luimni broadcast from the early days of pirate radio in Limerick, and was on air during a visit in 1979 as Radio Limerick, before assuming the Irish language name of Raidio Luimni. The station was on the air right through till 1988. Was it the longest running station bar Radio Dublin??

 

881223_fri_luimni_103fm_1032-1117_johntheman.mp3 43,815 k
881223_fri_luimni_103fm_final_day_signoff.mp3 33,064k

 

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INDEPENDENT RADIO MAYO - CASTLEBAR
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881230_fri_ir_mayo_738_1515-1545_andyrodgers.mp3 31,836 k
881231_sat_ir_mayo_738_final_day_1913-1930_frankmacdonald.mp3

14,067k

881231_sat_ir_mayo_738_2317-2400_final_signoff_andrewryan.mp3

39,773k

 

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RADIO NORTH - CO DONEGAL
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Radio North 846kHz began broadcasting in 1986 and closed at midnight 31st December 1988. Radio North emerged as a station again in 1989, after a brief period as Northside Radio, and is still on the air when this page is being edited in 2016, still on 846kHz. It is a very different style of station now, compared to it's early days.

 

881225sun_north_846_1200-1330_gospel_time_wes_lt.mp3 99,097k
Radio North Carndonagh 31-12-88 Last Programme with Mickey Henry From 11.02pm.mp3 (via Rodney) 56,291k

 

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POWER 98 / THE SOUND CHANNEL - LIMERICK
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881227_tue_soundchannel-power98_limerick_987fm_1648-1733_davelloyd.mp3

45,687k

Power 98 Limerick 31-12-88 Final Programme with Steve Philips From 5.37pm.mp3 Courtesy of Rodney) 76,331k

 

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PREMIER RADIO - DUBLIN (1989 version)

 

Premier Radio was one of the stations which appeared following legislation. They were heard regularly on a Sunday afternoon during the summer of 1989 on 104.2MHz and 1413kHz AM. The AM signal could be heard on the UK west coast.

 

890416_sun_premier212_1042fm_1500-1645_signon_gregtownsend.mp3 190,570k
890416_sun_premier212_1042fm_1658-1742_gregtownsend_davejackson.mp3 85,530k
890416_sun_premier212_1042fm_1750-1805_signoff_davejackson.mp3 32,770k
890702_sun_premier_1042fm_1710-1805_davejackson_signoff.mp3 40,050k

 

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Q102 - DUBLIN
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Q102 was set up in direct competition to the then big stations Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio. They came on the air at the beginning of 1985 on 828kHz and 102.1MHz. By the time they closed on 30th December 1988, they were probably the biggest station in Dublin and operated on 738khz / 819kHz / 99.9MHz/ 102.1MHz / 103MHz.

(Amusing note - imagine calling yourself Boy Wonder on the radio..lol)

 

881205_mon_q102_738am_1020-1335_henryowens.mp3 175,460k
881225_sun_q102_738_1040-1500_the_final_bop_shop.mp3 252,785k
1988_12_29_thursday_q102_738_1700-2120_boywonder_penultimate_day.mp3 NEW 01/13 gh 246,404k
881229_thu_q102_103fm_1845-1915_theboywonder_miles_interview.mp3 27,990k
1988_12_30_friday_q102_738_0845-1310_final_day.mp3 NEW 01/13 gh 243,800k
Q102 Dublin 30-12-88 Final Programme From 2.17pm to 6.03pm.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 322,982k
Q102 Dublin 30-12-88 Station Closedown From 4.33pm to 6.03pm.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 110,448k
Q102 Dublin 30-12-88 Continuous Music Mix From 6.22pm.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 162,658k

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RAINBOW RADIO - CARRICKCARNON - CO LOUTH

Rainbow Radio operated in the border area around Carrickcarnon on 1152kHz and 98.5MHz. Following legislation it re-opened briefly as Border Weekend Radio.

Such was the close proximity to Boyneside Radio's Northern Ireland service, listening at a distance even in Scotland, breakthrough was sometimes heard from one station to another on the FM outlets. It is difficult now to recall which way round the breakthrough occured!!

 

881229_thu_rainbow_985fm_0918-1000_the_big_o.mp3 42,850k
881231_sat_rainbow_carrickcarnon_1152_1340-1510_final_day_signoff.mp3 90,908

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BORDER WEEKEND RADIO - CARRICKCARNON - CO LOUTH

Following legislation, the former staff of Rainbow Radio appeared as Border Weekend Radio in late January 1989, complete with Jolly Ollie!!!!!!.

 

890122_sun_border_weekend_radio_carrickcarnon_985fm_1030-1200_jolly_ollie.mp3 86,655k
890122_sun_border_weekend_radio_carrickcarnon_985fm_1210-1250_jolly_ollie.mp3 36,815k
890122_sun_border_weekend_radio_carrickcarnon_985fm_1315-1350_jolly_ollie_mr_wonderful.mp3 36,807k

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RADIO RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL - DROGHEDA / TOGHER SW STATION
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Radio Rainbow International began broadcasting every Sunday morning on shortwave in 1985 as an offshoot of Boyneside Radio. Kieran Murray who edited the 1970’s FRC Magazines, hosted a free radio show every week. The free radio shows ceased in 1988, and the Radio Rainbow transmitters, by then on AM 1521kHz, 6231kHz SW and FM became the relay for several UK stations. The Radio Rainbow shortwave transmitter on 6231kHz relayed Boyneside Radio on the final day.

 

881225_sun_wlr_6231_via_rainbow_1100-1400_paulgraham_johndean_billwest.mp3 166,480k

 

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RADIO STAR COUNTRY - CO MONAGHAN
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Radio Star Country was one of a few stations to defy the Irish broadcasting bill 1988, which came into force on 1/1/89. They were originally on 891kHz, but moved to 981kHz in early 1989. As we approach the 25 anniversary of legislation, Radio Star have been operating as a pirate for almost 26 years, and counting.

 

radio_star_country_891_song - keep_star_on_next_year.mp3 2,166k

 

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SUNSHINE 539 - PORTMARNOCK, CO DUBLIN
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Sunshine Radio, or Sunshine Hot Hits 101 as it was known in the latter days, left the air shortly after 6pm on Friday 30th December 1988. Having started in 1980 on 531kHz / 539 metres, Sunshine were using 531kHz, 846kHz, 100.5MHz, 101.0MHz, 101.5MHz when they finally closed.

 

881218sun_sunshine_531_0857-1057_bebopgold_nailsmahoney.mp3 114,914k
881218sun_sunshine_531_1057-1257_bebopgold_nailsmahoney.mp3 114,937k
881218sun_sunshine_531_1257-1517_bebopgold_nailsmahoney.mp3 135,931k
881225_sun_sunshine_531_1040-1250_nailsmahoney_the_final_bebop_gold.mp3 127,576k
881225_sun_sunshine_531_1300-1505_nailsmahoney_the_final_bebop_gold.mp3 117,745k
881228_wed_sunshine_531_markbyrne_bad_foreign_interference_poor.mp3 52,807
1988_12_30_friday_sunshine_531_0845-1245_last_day.mp3 249,670k
Sunshine 101 Dublin 30-12-88 Final Programme From 0900 - 1200.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 169,347k
Sunshine 101 Dublin 30-12-88 Final Programme From 1200 - 1500.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 166,492k
Sunshine 101 Dublin 30-12-88 Final Programme From 1500 - 1805.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 235,270k
Sunshine 101 Dublin 30-12-88 Station Closedown From 4.39pm to 6.05pm.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 141,099k
Sunshine 101 Dublin Station History Files 1980 - 1988.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 60,375k

 

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TELSTAR COMMUNITY RADIO - BLACK ROCK, DUNDALK
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Telstar was one of the longest operating stations, having been on air since 1981 on tha same channel of 1197kHz. They went off the air on Saturday 31st December 1988 at 1300 with a rather emotional closedown.

 

881217_sat_telstar_1197_0915-1230_eamonnduffy_alec.mp3 183,118K
881231_sat_telstar_dundalk_1197_1135-1300_final_day_signoff.mp3 86,158K

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TREBLE T R RADIO - DUBLIN
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Treble T R Radio was one of the longest running Dublin stations which lasted until the end, having commencing transmission mid 1981 on 945kHz from Greenacres Country Club, Rathfarnham, where Radio Nova also installed its big transmitters. TTTR changed frequency in the later years to 936kHz, and also operate on FM 99.5MHz. They went off the air on Friday 30th December 1988 around midnight.

 

881223_fri_tttr_936am_1120-1320_bobgallico_news_german_interference.mp3 111,650K
881229_thu_trebletr_995fm_2330-2400.mp3 29,302K
881230_fri_trebletr_995fm_final_day_2340-2400.mp3 19,290K

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WABC - GREENCASTLE, CO DONEGAL
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This station used MW, SW as well as FM in it's lifetime, and all were well heard. Even studio links which were very low power FM transmitters made it to Scotland during a good lift. The station officially closed at 4pm on Saturday 31st December 1988, but left a loop tape on the air.

 

881230_2027_101.7_wabc_rec_mauchline_hill_loop_tape_re_cookes_appeal_friday_reel_24_kb.mp3 9,839k
881220_tue_wabc_donegal_1102-1232_chrissy.mp3 86,718k
WABC Donegal 30-12-88 Final Programme with Barry Owler & Paul Bentley From 2.28pm.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 85,526k

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WATERFORD LOCAL RADIO (WLR)
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WLR was one of the early independent stations in Ireland and the first of the three main pirate stations in Waterford, and was run by Des and Rick Whelan. The 1197kHz MW frequency used to be heard in Scotland and elsewhere especially late at night when signing off.

 

881230_fri_wlr_waterford_889fm_final_day_1635-1720.mp3 114,746k
881230_fri_wlr_waterford_889fm_1720-1804_final_day_signoff.mp3 108,923k
WLR Waterford 31-12-88 The Last Hour From 5.05pm.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) 79,450k

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WEST COAST RADIO - ENNIS

 

881221_wed_wcr_ennis_980fm_1128-1223_josiekerins.mp3 113,410k
881222_thu_wcr_ennis_980fm_1356-1441_paulburke.mp3 113,027k

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RADIO WEST - MULLINGAR
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Radio West had been on the air since 1982. Originally on 1071kHz, they then purchased the 10kW Radio Nova 846kHz transmitter in 1983 and moved down the band briefly to 702kHz, and then for a few years sat on 765kHz but were finally back on 702kHz when they closed on 30th December 1988. The station had been been putting out a fantastic signal for a number of years, but problems shortly before Christmas 1988 meant a much lower power in the final days. In the latter days they also had a relay in Galway on 711kHz.

 

881230_fri_west_702_final_day_0942-1025_aidennolan_derekflood.mp3 44,913k
881230_fri_west_702_final_day_1037-1300_derekflood_cw_jamboree.mp3 138,330k

Radio West Mullingar 30-12-88 Last Programme with Don Allen From 8.34pm.mp3 (via Rodney)

(Audio is rough, but it is the best recording we have.)

86,882k

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WESTSIDE RADIO - DUBLIN SW STATION
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Westside Radio was possibly the most regular free radio station in Europe on the shortwave from 1975 until legislation in December 1988. In the beginning the station was operated by Doctor Don, who would run Westside on a Sunday morning on shortwave until sign off around 1315, after which at 1330 he and others would operate Radio Dublin locally on 253m. Following a raid on Radio Dublin in 1976, Prince Terry, who also operated Radio Dublin, took over Westside in 1977 and could be heard almost every Sunday morning until 31st December 1988. During the final week of December 1988, Prince Terry could be heard every day on his regular 6280kHz. The final day began with a relay of Radio Limit, followed by Gary Lewis and Radio Pandora until around mid-day. Prince Terry and Gary Lewis were then live until the final closedown at 1347. The recording below of the final day was made from the ground wave signal and kindly sent to us all those years ago by Pierce.

 

881218_sun_westside_6280_1000_sign_off_gary_lewis_prince_terry.mp3 178.845k
881225_sun_westside_6280_0840-signoff_prince_terry_variable_signal.mp3 122,867k
881231_sat_westside_6280_0846-1200_final_radio_limit_gary_lewis.mp3 171,190k
881231_sat_westside_6280_1200-1347_final_closedown_prince_terry.mp3 91,890k

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WKLR - BANDON, Co CORK
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This station began broadcasting to Bandon in 1985 on AM 1503kHz, but by the time of closure also covered a large area of Cork and Kerry on FM.

 

881230_fri_wklr_bandon_2235-0130_final_day_signoff.mp3 444,176k

 

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ZEE 103 - OMEATH, Co LOUTH
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Zee 103 Omeath 30-12-88 Final Programme with Noel McStay 2127 - 2359.mp3 199,379k

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