SUNSHINE RADIO - PORTMARNOCK
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RADIO - PORTMARNOCK
AM 531kHz 846kHz - FM 100.5MHz 101.0MHz 101.5MHz
A LITTLE HISTORICAL INFORMATION
Radio was the first station of its kind to come out of Ireland, beginning
life in September 1980, a few short months before our visit. Robbie
Dale, the well-known former Caroline DJ owned the station, although
Chris Carey, another renowned pirate from the swashbuckling offshore
days had been involved at the start. Carey, after some internal politics,
decided to go it alone with Radio Nova.
Sunshine Radio put a good signal into South and Western Scotland, as well as NW England on their 531kHz frequency, announced as 539m to rhyme with Sunshine. The actual wavelength of 531kHz is 565m! I have heard the old saying about an inch being a lot when you don't have it, but 26 metres was perhaps a little over the top.
There were no VHF transmissions in the early days of Sunshine, although before too long a 91.6 stereo transmitter came on the air. Originally Dale wanted to use 88FM, so that anyone switching between AM and FM should have been close. Nova however jumped on the frequency first, after Chris Carey left Sunshine and went his own way.
It was not until Radio Nova had been on the air and became very popular, that FM became well known to the public that reception was clearer. Sunshine was at this stage still running from 0300/2100 sign off. This was at least an extension on the initial 1800 sign off when they first made it to the air. "
There is an interesting history of Sunshine Radio as mailed out by the station's Blackpool address, called Sunshine Radio - 1 Year On. This was published in 1981. See links below to the 11 meg pdf.
In 1986, Robbie Dale hired Bill Cunningham from the States, a radio ratings and format expert. Sunshine went from being almost a community station from Portmarnock, to Dublin's number 1 station, by a large margin. Phase one began by playing the same silly song over and over again, followed by phase 2. Remember "Mr Robinson Coo Coo Ca Choo", the generous manager, "The Big Kahoona", and "Don't you dare say hello".
Radio stayed at the top of the ratings till the closedown in 1988.
OTHER SUNSHINE RADIO PAGES
In the audio archives are recordings of Sunshine Radio since the early days of the stations. There are also long recorings from the time they were Dublins number one in the latter days. The recordings have often been recorded in the UK, either in Northern England or Southern Scotland, and hence the general reception may be variable. But in general, they are all well listenable to AM radio fans.
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
|Sunshine Radio Evening Herald Wed December 17th 1980 (2.7mB pdf)|
|Sunshine Radio - 1 Year On (11,944k pdf )|
|SUNSHINE RADIO REVIEW No 1 MAY 1983 (24,101k pdf)|
|SUNSHINE RADIO REVIEW No 2 JULY 1983 (36,902k pdf) NEW FEB 2013|
|SUNSHINE RADIO REVIEW No 3 SEPTEMBER 1983 (46,139k pdf) NEW FEB 2013|
|SUNSHINE RADIO REVIEW No 4 DECEMBER 1983 (49,745k pdf) NEW FEB 2013|
|SUNSHINE RADIO LARGE "5 YEARS ON" BOOK (74,009K pdf) NEW FEB 2013|
|Wilton Research Dublin Radio Survey 1987 (18,181k pdf)|
|Letter about Sunshine's Future - June 1988 NEW DEC 2010|
|Johnny Lewis on Sunshine (1982 & 83)|
|Some Sunshine A4 sheets, including QSL letters|
PRESS ADVERTS AND ITEMS
Radio Evening Herald Wed December 17th 1980 (2.7mB pdf)
This is a bad photocopy of the original article, which was large sized. Maybe someone will come up with a better version.
'The Heat is On' Advert 1986 (205k)