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1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988

This station began life in September 1980 on AM only, 531kHz. Broadcasts were made from the Sands Hotel, a beautiful picturesque location right on the sea front in Portmarnock, just North of Dublin. By 1986, Sunshine was given a complete make over by American format specialist Bill Cunningham, and transformed from a community station for Portmarnock almost, into Dublin's number one.

Sunshine closed along with the bulk of the stations in Ireland at the end of 1988. In Scotland we could hear all the channels used. In 1988 Sunshine and rival Q102 hogged no less than 6 frequencies each!! Sunshine used 531 and 846 MW, and no less than 4 FM frequencies around 101 area!!

Many of the old favourite offshore djs were still with the station in the early days. The initial broadcasts included Robbie Dale (owner), Tony Allan, Chris Cary, Peter Madison, Declan Meehan, and M'nom Christie. Later you could hear Stevie Gordon (who broadcast in Ireland as Stevie Dunn), Tom Hardy, Daffy Don Allan, Johnnie Lewis, Tony Dixon, Tony Fenton etc. Newsreader Adrian Hoorsman who features regularly, eventually went on to work on the fitting out of the Ross Revenge in Spain. For whatever reason, he never made it to the air on Caroline though. Many more now well known names passed through the doors of Sunshine Radio.

During Spring 1981, there were rumours that Sunshine was going to change it's name to Radio Caroline on Easter Sunday. There were no surprises when nothing happened!!!! But there are recordings here made on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, just incase!!

Below includes a selection of Sunshine Radio recordings, from the station's early days. Many of these recordings were made in Scotland from 531kHz, hence some occasional interference from television sets operating nearby. 531 is one of the frequencies which is susceptible to TVI, ie interference from the timebase of neighbouring television sets. (multiples of 15.625kHz, of which 531.25 is a harmonic). When many of the recordings were made, winter was approaching, and continental interference was also a combining factor. There are some other recordings from the very early days of the station, but after listening to them again, many suffer excessive interference. A reasonable selection of recordings however have been unearthed from the archives.

All that said the recordings are perfectly acceptable to someone familiar with good old AM radio as background entertainment. Most of the recordings are typically made on an average weekday, and are a great insight into Sunshine Radio's daily programming from 1980/81/82.

NB: These recordings are not of the same audio quality as the Radio Nova 1984 archives. By 1984 better recording equipment was available, and Nova was running 50kW.

Below are also some files taken from reels made in 1988 mainly. These were recorded in Scotland and can suffer from slight TVI and AM noise. Generally they are of very good listenable quality. The files are unique in the fact that they have never been made public in the past and have only recently been transferred to MP3 files. They are transferred from the master triple play reel, and done so in one large chunk. Therefore the finished file in some cases will be around six and a half hours long.

SUNSHINE RADIO RECORDINGS


1980

1980_09_29_sunshine_531_test_1st_morn_(999_gh).mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 46,638k
1980_09_29_sunshine_531_test_(999_gh).mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 96,873k
801110_sunshine_539_1258_1313_peter_madison.mp3 10,320k
801110_sunshine_539_1313_1513_peter_madison_chris_cary.mp3 78,955k
801110_sunshine_539_1518_chris_cary.mp3 13,832k
801111_sunshine_539_0843_robbie_dale_tony_allan.mp3 24,452k
801111_sunshine_539_1119_tony_allan.mp3 26,629k
801114_sunshine_539_0924_tony_allan.mp3 28,187k
801114_sunshine_539_1030_tony_allan.mp3 28,431k
801118_sunshine_539_0911_tony_allan.mp3 7,947k
801118_sunshine_539_1004_tony_allan.mp3 30,114k
801121_sunshine_539_1148_minom_christie_peter_madison.mp3 54,798k
801122_sunshine_539_0934_chris_cary.mp3 21,927k
801128_sunshine_539_1115_tony_allan.mp3 28,962k
801128_sunshine_539_1218_tony_allan.mp3 7,861k

1981

810124_sunshine_531_1000-1045_stevie_dunn_sat.mp3 34,208k
810124_sunshine_531_1235-1310_survey_with_peter_madison.mp3 34,946k
810129_sunshine_531_1400-1530_stevie_dunn.mp3 63,001k
810212_sunshine_531_1320-1450_decklan_meehan_stevie_dunn.mp3 65,589k
810219_sunshine_531_1240_deckie.mp3 41,227k
810219_sunshine_531_1354_stevie_dunn_at_2.mp3 42,521k
810221_sunshine_531_1225_tom_hardy_sunshine_survey.mp3 67,970k
810313_sunshine_531_0917_robbie_dale.mp3 30,754k
810317_sunshine_531_1408_tony_fenton.mp3 32,871k
810417_sunshine_531_1750_tony_fenton_good_friday.mp3 31,426k
810418_sunshine_531_0925_robbie_dale.mp3 33,015k
810418_sunshine_531_1025_robbie_dale.mp3 33,130k
810418_sunshine_531_1130_robbie_dale_tom_hardy.mp3 32,860k
810523_sunshine_531_2016_tony_dixon_sign_off.mp3 31,153k
810524_sunshine_531_0633-0718_jim_kenny_c90_285_kb.mp3 (kb) 25,409k
810612_sunshine_531_1430-1515_tom_hardy_friday.mp3 32,354k
1981_06_29_mon_sunshine_531am_2015-2100signoff_siobohnwalls.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_08_02_sun_sunshine_531am_0840-0930_martinking.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_08_02_sun_sunshine_531am_0948-1035_martinking_davidlyons.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_08_02_sun_sunshine_531am_1148-1226_davidlyons_robbiedale.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_08_02_sun_sunshine_531am_1424-1509_robbiedale_tomhardy.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_08_02_sun_sunshine_531am_1515-1614_tomhardy.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_08_02_sun_sunshine_531am_1617-1645_tomhardy.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_08_03_mon_sunshine_531am_1220-1358_cathycregan.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_08_20_sunshine_539_2047_sign_off.mp3 6,230k
1981_08_28_fri_sunshine_531am_0635-0720_steviedunne_very_noisy_cassette.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_08_28_fri_sunshine_531am_0740-0801_steviedunne.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_08_28_fri_sunshine_531am_1415-1501_tomhardy_very_noisy_cassette.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_09_16_wed_sunshine_531am_0727-0805_davidlyons_very_poor_quality_cassette.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_06_15_mon_sunshine_531am_1305-1440_declanmeehan_tomhardy.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_06_21_sun_sunshine_531am_1809-1850_tonydixon.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1981_10_27_tue_sunshine_531_0015-0100_steviedunne_istafter_midnight.mp3 (gh) NEW 01/13 gh   44,719k

1982

1982_03_10_sunshine_531_0719_don_allan.mp3 37,095 k
1982_03_10_sunshine_531_0814_don_allan.mp3 37,328 k
1982_04_04_sun_sunshine_916fms_1130-1307_martin_king_john_lewis.mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 218,929 k
1982_04_04_sun_sunshine_916fms_1315-1410_john_lewis.mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 131,249 k
1982_04_04_sun_sunshine_916fms_1509-1740_declanmeehan.mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 338,519k
1982_04_04_sun_sunshine_916fms_1814-1940_cathycregan.mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 197,337
1982_04_04_sun_sunshine_916fms_1945-2120_cathycregan_billmclaughlin.mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 224,660k
1982_04_04_sun_sunshine_916fms_2227-2314_billmclaughlin.mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 108,197k
1982_04_04_sun_sunshine_916fms_2335-0025_billmclaughlin_johnlewis.mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 115,618k
1982_04_05_mon_sunshine_916fms_0715-0913_tonyfenton_robbiedale.mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 274,980k
1982_04_05_mon_sunshine_916fms_0923-1024_robbiedale.mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 143,895k
1982_07_09_sunshine_531_0451_johnny_lewis_night_owl_prowl.mp3 31,377 k

1983

raids_sunshine_531_wed18may83_1102-1233.mp3  
raids_sunshine_531_wed18may83_1233-1320.mp3  
raids_sunshine_531_wed18may83_1325-1410.mp3  
raids_sunshine_531_wed18may83_1415-1550.mp3  
raids_sunshine_news_1800_180583.mp3  
raids_sunshine_news_2000_180583.mp3  
raids_sunshine_531_thu19may83_0750-0857_davidlyons.mp3  
raids_sunshine_531_thu19may83_0857-0937_robbiedale_signoff.mp3  
raids_sunshine_closedown_190583.mp3  
raids_sunshine_closedown_190583_airchex.mp3  
   
raids_sunshine_re-opening_120683ac.mp3  
raids_sunshine_531_sun12jun83_1145-1320_official_return.mp3  
raids_sunshine_531_sun12jun83_1320-1455_official_return.mp3  
raids_sunshine_531_sun12jun83_1455-1640_official_return.mp3  
raids_sunshine_531_mon13jun83_0740-0900_davidlyons.mp3  

1984

1984_04_26_thu_sunshine_531am_0642-0817_davidlyons_during_jamming_gh.mp3 (gh) 88,638k
1984_04_26_thu_sunshine_531am_0817-0949_davidlyons_robbiedale_during_jamming_gh.mp3 (gh) 89,752k
1984_04_26_thu_sunshine_531am_0949-1124_robbiedale_during_jamming_gh.mp3 (gh) 89,860k
1984_04_26_thu_sunshine_531am_1124-1230_robbiedale_during_jamming_gh.mp3 (gh) 71,030k
1984_04_26_thu_sunshine_531am_robbiedale_jamming_recorded_in_dublin_gh.mp3 (gh) 26,416k
1984_05_08_tue_sunshine_1005fm_0630-0845_davidlyons_cathycregan.mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 314,807k

840430_1800_news_531_sunshine_inc_rte_jamming_mw.mp3

News report recorded in Scotland from April 1984 about Sunshine Radio being jammed by the government station, RTE. The jamming on the MW signal is clear to hear on this recording

1986

860826_sunshine_531_tue26aug86_1550-1725.mp3 (gh) 86,736k
860826_sunshine_531_tue26aug86_1725-1900.mp3 (gh) 93,293k
860826_sunshine_531_tue26aug86_1900-2020.mp3 (gh) 76,363k



1987

1987_02_25_sunshine_101_5_wed_2210-2345_(a-671_gh).mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 86,796k
1987_02_25_sunshine_101_5_wed_2345-0120_(b-671_gh).mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 86,796k
1987_02_26_sunshine_101_5_thu_0120-0255_(c-671_gh).mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 86,796k
1987_02_26_sunshine_101_5_thu_0255-0430_(d-671_gh).mp3 New Feb 2016 gh 86,796k
1987_04_19_sun_sunshine_531am_0757-1018_bebopgold_nailsmahoney_10000_giveaway-gh.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1987_04_19_sun_sunshine_531am_1118-1419_bebopgold_nailsmahoney_10000_giveaway-gh.mp3 New 04/17 gh  

1988

880314_sunshine_531_1016-1153_reel_5_kb.mp3
59,934k
1988_04_27_wed_sunshine_531am_0703-1125_nailsmahoney_dustyrhodes-gh.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
880706_sunshine_531_1300-1830_reel_10_kb.mp3
233,235k
880706_sunshine_531_1830-1850_rec_had_stopped_reel_10_kb.mp3 16,863K
880722_sunshine_531_1306-1931_fri_6hrs.mp3
269,919k
881101_sunshine_531_0907-1310_tues.mp3
180.090k
881218sun_sunshine_531_0857-1057_bebopgold_nailsmahoney.mp3 (gh) 112,222k
881218sun_sunshine_531_1057-1257_bebopgold_nailsmahoney.mp3 (gh) 112,244k
881218sun_sunshine_531_1257-1517_bebopgold_nailsmahoney.mp3 (gh) 132,746k
1988_12_29_thu_sunshine_1005fm_1425-1510_markbyrne_balloonrelease-gh.mp3 New 04/17 gh  
1988_12_30_friday_sunshine_531_0845-1245_last_day.mp3 NEW 01/13 gh   243,819k

 

AND THE LAST DAY FROM RODNEY IN CRAIGAVON'S ARCHIVES

Sunshine 101 Dublin 30-12-88 Final Programme From 0900 - 1200.mp3 165,378k
Sunshine 101 Dublin 30-12-88 Final Programme From 1200 - 1500.mp3 162,590k
Sunshine 101 Dublin 30-12-88 Final Programme From 1500 - 1805.mp3 229,756k
Sunshine 101 Dublin 30-12-88 Station Closedown From 4.39pm to 6.05pm.mp3 137,793k

 

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