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Bray Local Broadcasting
Bray, County Wicklow
828kHz - 837kHz - 657kHz - 100.3MHz 97.8MHz



'How to Interview' Leaflet (425k pdf)

In the early 1980's Bray Local Broadcasting produced an information leaflet in order to help the interview techniques of its many voluntary staff. Many thanks to Chris for supplying us with a copy.This leaflet has the address of Strand Road, and so must have been produced when the station had moved from Prince of Wales Terrace to its seafront location.

Station Information Leaflet (454k pdf)

This was a leaflet produced sometime during the later 1980's when the station was on its later FM frequency of 97.8MHz. It gave a brief explanation of what BLB was all about and the reason it was on the air.

Bray Local Broadcasting began broadcasting during 1979. It was one of the early true community orientated radio stations, having participants from throughout the local community, rather than just aiming at the pop music audience. The station broadcast throughout the 1980's until legislation forced it to close at the end of 1988, which meant it was one of the longest running stations at the time.

It is not sure of the exact frequency that station broadcast on in those early days, but reports from Norwegian DX-ers suggest it was heard on 822kHz and 837kHz. By 1981, the station had settled on 828kHz which was an officially recognised low power channel allocated to the Irish Republic. The transmitter at this time was around 250 watts in power and could be heard clearly in Bray and the surrounding area. They also operated a low power FM outlet which in August 1981 was on 100.3MHz and covered the town.

In September of that year, Radio Nova in Dublin put on a massive 10kW transmitter on the adjacent 846kHz. BLB were forced to move frequencies, and ended up further down the band on 657kHz. Although this still covered Bray well, it was on the same frequency as a station in Wales, resulting in some interference on BLB's signal in some areas, and it became impossible to listen on the West Coast of England.

The FM signal was improved greatly during the mid 1980's, and in its latter days, probably most listeners tuned to the better quality FM sound on 97.8MHz.


A BLB 'With Compliments' slip from when the station was located on Prince of Wales Terrace.


A BLB advertisement taken from 'Phoenix' magazine of 20th June 1986


Schedule from Summer 1986 (Click Image For Readable Size)


BLB Notepaper From 1986

Bray Local Broadcasting Recordings

1979_11_20_blb_360m_signon_joebolland_morning_mixture-gh213.mp3 New Nov 2021 Although a short recording, this is a nice one as it features the station signing on, when it was operating daily from 11am to 11pm.  The exact frequency is not known, but could have been 828kHz or 837kHz, announced as 360m.  There are a couple of airchecks of Joe Bolland hosting his 'Morning Mixture' programme.  Recorded in South Dublin. 5.4MB
1981_05_10_sun_blb_828am_1116-1200_terrydaniels-gh1081.mp3 New Apr 2022 Terry Daniels with a Sunday morning show.  An address of 'The Music Machine, Unit 1, Bray Shopping Centre' was being announced.  Recorded in South Dublin from 828kHz with slight crackling. 43MB
1981_08_13_thu_blb_828am_2050-2135_dennis_terrydaniels-gh364.mp3 New MAR 2021 Received on 828kHz during an evening visit to Southside Radio.  The recording includes a 9pm changeover between Dennis and Terry Daniels, and suffers some night time foreign interference. 42MB
1981_08_14_fri_blb_828am_1105-1210_joe_with_morning_mixture-gh364.mp3 New MAR 2021 Recorded during a visit to BLB on a Friday morning. We were amazed to see that with a little help, 'Joe', who was blind, was was managing to cue up the records.  The nicely racked transmitter was in an adjacent room to the studio. 60MB
1983_01_22_sat_blb_1047fm_1744-1815-ds.mp3 New Jul 2022 Saturday evening with 'The American Music Special'. News at 6pm is read by Peter Carroll.  Recorded from 97.8MHz and is courtesy of Dave Small. 14MB
BrayLocalBroadcasting--19830626--1700--Wicklow_MA.mp3 New Nov 2021 A recording of BLB from a Sunday afternoon in June 1983 by kind courtesy of Michael Andersson via radiowaves.fm
1984_05_10_thu_blb_978fms_1045-1130_mickduggan_joebolland-gh.mp3 New Jul 2021 Some morning programming from BLB with Mick Duggan followed at 11am by Joe Bolland.  Recorded in Dublin City from 97.8MHz in stereo with a little bit of hiss.  108MB
1984_05_10_thu_blb_978fms_1935-2020_thomascaine_marknevin-gh.mp3 New Jul 2021 Evening programmes from Thomas Caine until 8pm then Mark Nevin. Recorded in Dublin City from 97.8MHz in stereo with a little bit of hiss. 108MB
1985_05_30_thu_blb_978fms_2150-2320_briangraham_franceshalpin-ds.mp3 New Jul 2022 Thursday late evening with the end of Brian Graham, and following at 10pm is Francis Halpin.  Recording was from 97.8MHz in sterero and is courtesy of Dave Small. 83MB
1985_12_06_fri_blb_978fm_0930-1030_adriankennedy-gh247.mp3 New Jul 2022 Mid Morning on a Friday with Adrian Kennedy. Recorded in Dublin City from 97.8MHz in mono. 82MB