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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 continuously until 1988?? (Radio Dublin was slightly different in that they started in the 60's and carried on till the 2000's!!)

There is an excellent story of the 1988 closedowns, at radiowaves.fm. It is written in chronological order, commencing 1st December 1988 and uses newspapers reports and closedown audio, which along with other memorabilia and information take the reader on a journey through the month leading up to legislation time of midnight, 31st December 1988. Click on the links in our individual station recording descriptions to access the radiowaves page specific to that station's closedown.

 

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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 Thursday 29th December 1988.

 

1988_12_29_abc_waterford_last_day_1107-1307_c120_231kb.mp3 Two hours of the final day, on Thursday 29th December including a tour around ABC Towers 164,081K
ABC Waterford 29-12-88 Final Programme From 1.33pm.mp3 (Courtesy of Rodney) The final 90 mins of ABC. More details and photos on the ABC closedown can be found at the radiowaves.fm 1988 Closedown Special 122,148k

 

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AMS/ KILKENNY

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AMS was a relatively new station broadcasting on 98.6MHz FM, coming on air earlier in 1988. It closed shortly before midnight on 31st December 1988.

 

AMS - Kilkenny98.6MHz - 31December1988 - 2350-rw.mp3 New JAN 2021 The final 15 minutes of AMS Kilkenny as it approached midnight on 31st December 1988, courtesy of  radiowaves.fm. 18,148k

 

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BIG M - CASTLEBLAYNEY, 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.

 

1988_12_19_bigm_954am_0935-1141_boblee_juniorwalker-gh780.mp3 New DEC 2020 Recorded near Blackpool from 954kHz 118M
1988_12_19_bigm_954am_1141-1351_juniorwalker-gh780.mp3 New DEC 2020 Recorded near Blackpool from 954kHz 122M
1988_12_19_bigm_954am_1351-1551_juniorwalker-gh780.mp3 New DEC 2020 Recorded near Blackpool from 954kHz 113M
1988_12_23_fri_bigm_99fm_2142-2312_brianjones-gh799.mp3 New NOV 2020 GH Recorded in Monaghan from FM 83.3M
1988_12_30_fri_0929-1100_954am_big_m_last_day_reel_23_kb.mp3 Recorded in Scotland from 954kHz 73,813k
1988_12_30_fri_bigm_954am_1345-1425_juniorwalker_johnmcann_final_afternoon-kb.mp3 New DEC 2020 Recorded in Scotland from 954kHz 44M
1988_12_30_fri_bigm_954am_2000-2130_final_night-gh799.mp3 New NOV 2020 GH Recorded in Monaghan from 954kHz 83.3M
1988_12_30_fri_bigm_954am_2130-2215_final_night-gh799.mp3 New NOV 2020 GH Recorded in Monaghan from 954kHz 41.8M
1988_12_30_fri_bigm_954am_2215-2300_final_night_to_closedown-gh799.mp3 New NOV 2020 GH Recorded in Monaghan from 954kHz 41.9M

 

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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 Three hours of early December morning shows starting with Mike Ahern as recorded in Blackpool from 1305kHz / 225m 174,880k
881213_tue_boyneside_drogheda_1305am_0925-1245_mikeahern.mp3 A week later, some more morning shows from 1305kHz 175,080k
881222_thu_boyneside_drogheda_1305am_1245-1600_heddyeddie.mp3 A pre Christmas Heddy Eddie show as received in Blackpool. 176,810k
881230_fri_boyneside_drogheda_1305am_0920-1230_mikeahern_heddyeddie.mp3 Three hours of the final Friday morning shows as recorded near Blackpool from 1305kHz 174,800k
881230_fri_boyneside_drogheda_1305am_1250-1620_heddyeddie_dermotfinglas.mp3 Three hours of the last Friday afternoon shows with Heddy Eddie and Dermot Finglas as received on 1305kHz near Blackpool 174,970k
881230_fri_boyneside_drogheda_1005fm_1850-1935_michaelgerrard.mp3 An FM recording of the final show from Michael Gerrard 41,890k
881230_fri_boyneside_drogheda_1005fm_2015-2100_michaelgerrard.mp3 An FM recording of the final show from Michael Gerrard 41,830k
1988_12_31_sat_boyneside_1233am_then_1305am_1000-1045_heddyeddie_final_green_scene-gh419.mp3 New NOV 2020 GH Start of the final Green Scene with Heddy Eddie.  This recording was made near Blackpool and starts on 1233kHz, moving to 1305kHz during the first 30 minutes.
1988_12_31_sat_boyneside_1305am_1052-1226_heddyeddie_final_green_scene-gh417.mp3New NOV 2020 GH Second part of The Green Scene recorded from 1305kHz near Blackpool
1988_12_31_sat_boyneside_1305am_1223-1310_greenscene_into_final_broadcast-gh.mp3 New FEB 2016 GH Final part of The Green Scene recorded from 1305kHz near Blackpool, and into the final show on the station
1988_12_31_sat_boyneside_1305am_1300_final_announcement_with_all_frequencies-gh.mp3 New FEB 2016 GH A nice announcement from Eddie, giving all the frequencies on which the final show is broadcasting, including shortwave
1988_12_31_sat_boyneside_1305am_1310-1357_part_of_final_broadcast-gh.mp3 New FEB 2016 GH Part of the final show recorded from 1305kHz / 225m near Blackpool.
881231_sat_boyneside_1005fm_1337-1505_final_day_signoff.mp3 An FM recording of the final 90 minutes of the Boyneside Radio main service 211,653k
1988_12_31_sat_boyneside_1305am_1405-1500_final_show_and_closedown-gh783.mp3 New DEC 2020 An off air recording from 1305kHz / 225m of the final 55 minutes of Boyneside Radio, as received near Blackpool.  54,243k
881231_sat_boyneside_drogheda_1300-1347_final_show_studio_copy.mp3 A studio recording sent to us back in 1989 of the first 45 minutes of the Boyneside Radio final two hours featuring a history of the station and many staff in the studio. 90,232k
881231_sat_boyneside_drogheda_1347-1435_final_show_studio_copy.mp3 The second 45 minutes of a studio recording sent to us back in 1989 of the Boyneside Radio final two hours featuring a history of the station and many staff in the studio 89,905k
881231_sat_boyneside_drogheda_1435-signoff_final_show_studio_copy.mp3 The final 45 minutes of a studio recording sent to us back in 1989 of the Boyneside Radio final two hours featuring a history of the station and all staff in the studio.  The station then signs off for the final time. 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
A recording of Tina Anderson from the Navan breakout from Boyneside Radio as recorded near Blackpool.  The end of the recording suffers from interference from East Germany 182,877k
1988_12_31_sat_boyneside_navan_1386am_1430-1502_tina_anderson_to_closedown-gh783.mp3 New DEC 2020 A rather poor recording of the final 30 minutes of Tina Anderson on Boyneside Radio Navan as recorded near Blackpool. Tina talks about her times over the years on radio in County Meath. At the end of her show, the station linked to to the final minute of the main Boyneside closedown.  Sadly there is a lot of interference from the East German station on the same channel. 29,905k

 

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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
Three hours of Boyneside Radio Northern Service as recorded near Blackpool from 1233kHz / 244m 182,888k
1988_12_31_sat_boyneside_north_1233am_0930-0955-gh419.mp3 New FEB 2016 End of the final breakfast show on Boyneside North as recorded from 1233kHz / 244m near Blackpool
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.

 

1988_12_26_mon_breffni_657am_0850-1005_sean_co_channel_interference.mp3 This recording was made in Scotland and other stations on the channel can be clearly heard. 71,527k
1988_12_30_fri_breffni_956fm_2225-2400_closedown-rw.mp3 New JAN 2021 The final 90 minutes of Breffni is courtesy of radiowaves.fm. 38,100k

 

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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
1988_12_31_sat_capitol_958fm_1303-1436_mattdempsey-pt.mp3 New Aug 2021 Part of the final afternoon of Capitol Radio with Matt Dempsey and others in the studio.  Recorded in Dublin from 95.8MHz in mono.  Thanks to Prince Terry for originally supplying this tape. 122MB
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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CARLOW LOCAL RADIO
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Carlow Local Radio operated on 99MHz FM and medium wave 1359kHz, announced as 231m. They had planned to closed at 3pm on Friday 30th December 1988, but over ran a little, eventually signing off at around 3:15pm.

 

1988_12_30_fri_carlow_local_radio_99fm_1459-1515_final_closedown-pt.mp3 New JAN 2021 The final 15 minutes of the station up to closedown. Thanks to Prince Terry for this tape. 38M

 

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CAVAN COMMUNITY RADIO
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Cavan Community Radio began broadcasting in late 1983 on 747kHz medium wave.  Due to interference from Radio Nova they moved to 738kHz, CCR changed to 819kHz where Radio Nova had just moved from.  CCR operated until legislation, closing at 3pm on Saturday 31st December 1988.

 

CavanCommunityRadio--Cavan819kHz--December31st1988--1336-rw.mp3 New JAN 2021 The final 90 minutes of the station up to closedown just after 3pm is courtesy of radiowaves.fm. 67M

 

 

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CBC COMMUNITY RADIO
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CBC Community Radio operated from Clonmel, County Tipperary from late 1981 until 31st December 1988.  The station was a combination of two existing operations in Clonmel (Clonmel Local Radio) and Carrick-On-Suir (Radio Carrick).

 

CBCRadio--Tipperary--December31st1988--2255--Closedown.mp3 New JAN 2021 The final hour of CBC recording is by very kind courtesy of Jonathan Ryan via radiowaves.fm. 46M

 

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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.

 

1988_12_31_sat_class_985fm_1700-1730_davidbaker_history_of_klas_hissy_signal.mp3 24,840k
1988_12_31_sat_class_985fm_1800-1915_johnmay_hissy_signal.mp3 65,090k
1988_12_31_sat_class_985fm_1915-2000_closedown_johnmay_hissy_signal.mp3 42,620k
Class98FM--Dublin98.MHz--December31st1988--1800--JohnMay.mp3 New JAN 2021 The final 2 hours of Class 98 FM.  Many thank to radiowaves.fm for a much superior recording of the final 90 minutes. 273M

 

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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.

 

1988_12_30_fri_fingal-pulsar98_1575am_0945-1630_final_day.mp3 A six hour section from the final day of CRF. Recorded near Blackpool from 1575kHz. It suffers from foreign interference towards late afternoon. 349,440k
1988_12_30_fri_fingal-pulsar98_1575am_1630-1700_final_afternoon-gh821.mp3 New DEC 2020 Recorded near Blackpool suffering some continental interference. 27M
1988_12_30_fri_fingal-pulsar98_1575am_1710-1753_final_afternoon-gh821.mp3 New DEC 2020 Recorded near Blackpool suffering some continental interference. 41M
1988_12_30_fri_fingal-pulsar98_1575am_1753-1804_tonyhealey-gh821.mp3 New DEC 2020 Changeover at 6pm, where Tony Healey takes over. 10M

 

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COMMUNITY RADIO WEXFORD
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Community Radio Wexford had been on the air for six and a half years before they closed shortly before midnight on 31st December 1988.

 

Dominic-Kiernan-Community-Radio-Wexford-December-31st-1988-1141-to-1146pm.mp3 The final announcement from Community Radio Wexford made by Dominic Kiernan with 15 minutes to go before legislation.  A big thanks to Brian Cleary for the recording via radiowaves.fm. 5.5M

 

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COMMUNITY RADIO YOUGHAL
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Community Radio Youghal began operating in 1979, and as such was one of the longest running stations at closedown legislation in 1988. In its early years, the station could be heard across Europe on a Friday night around midnight on 1512kHz.

 

 1988_12_31_sat_cr_youghal_1503am_part_of_final_day-kb.mp3 A 30 minutes piece from the final day as recorded a few miles down the coast in Ballycotton.  Not sure of the time of day on this one. 30M
 1988_12_31_sat_cr_youghal_1503am_1325-1355_part_of_final_day-kb.mp3 Part of an early afternoon show playing deejay favourite tunes from the past 9 years of CRY.  Again recorded in Ballycotton. 30M

 

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COUNTY SOUND RADIO - CO GALWAY
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County Sound FM originated from Tuam on March 17th 1987 for its first 6 - 8 months but then moved studios to Galway from where it broadcast up to closure at midnight on December 31st 1988.

 

County Sound Radio - Galway 101.0MHz - 31 December1988 - 2234 - BienenTierney+TommyKelly.mp3 New JAN 2021 The final 90 minutes of County Sound Radio with Benen Tierney and Tommy Kelly.  Many thank to radiowaves.fm for the use of this recording. 211M

 

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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.

 

1988_12_25_sun_dublin_1188am_1100-1400_shaywest_johndean_captains_news_poor_signal_and_audio.mp3 The last Sunday morning of 'legality' with Shay West also including the final 'Station News' before legislation. 172,210k
RadioDublin--Dublin1188kHz--December30th1988--1930.mp3 New JAN 2021 Thanks go to radiowaves.fm for this recording 73M
1988_12_31_sat_dublin_1188am_0905-1100_robbieprior_final_breakfast_show-gh789.mp3 New DEC 2020 Two hours of the last breakfast show with Robbie Prior. This was recorded near Blackpool from 1188kHz and the reception and audio is sadly quite poor.  The end of the programme is also included in the file below, but that one is better quality even though it was also recorded near Blackpool. The aerial and receiver was much better in that recording. 104M
1988_12_31_sat_dublin_1188am_1045-1132_robbieprior_davefelton_tonyquinn-gh821.mp3 New DEC 2020 The end of the last breakfast show with Robbie Prior, followed by Dave Felton and Tony Quinn hosting a show discussing station closures and featuring recordings from stations which closed on Friday.  Recorded near Blackpool, and suffers variable audio and splatter from Telstar (Dundalk) on 1197kHz. 43M
1988_12_31_sat_dublin_1188am_1133-1220_davefelton_tonyquinn-gh821.mp3 New DEC 2020 A continuation of the above, during which they play the end of Sunshine 101, and Heartbeat FM.  Again quality is not good in places as microphone levels seem to be up and down.  There is also a hum on the audio in places. 43M
1988_12_31_sat_dublin_1188am_1220-1306_davefelton_tonyquinn-gh1019.mp3 New JAN 2021 More of the Heartbeat close and then phone calls and station staff call in. Low audio on phone calls sadly makes for difficult listening. Received near Blackpool. There is also a hum on the audio in places. 43M
1988_12_31_sat_dublin_1188am_1306-1354_davefelton_tonyquinn-gh1019.mp3 New JAN 2021 More phone calls and chat with Dave Felton and Tony Quinn about the coming closedowns. Recorded near Blackpool from 1188kHz, so foreign interference is creeping in. 43M
RadioDublin--Dublin105.3MHz--December31st1988--1632.mp3 New JAN 2021 Thanks go to radiowaves.fm for this recording from the late Saturday afternoon before legislation. 201M


1989_01_19_thu_dublin_1188am_0925-0946_esb_cut_electric.mp3 The programmes in the initial days of 1989 had very few deejay links. Here is the point in the breakfast show when the ESB cut the power to 58 Inchicore Road.

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1989_01_19_thu_dublin_1188am_1528-1610_drivetime.mp3 The power was restored and Radio Dublin returned shortly afterwards. This recording was made near Blackpool later in the afternoon.

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1989_01_22_sun_dublin_1188am_1300-1400_brianpage_captains_news.mp3 50,730k
890615_thu_dublin_100fm_1555-1640_joedoyle.mp3

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890615_thu_dublin_100fm_1640-1815_joedoyle_paulcoady.mp3

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890615_thu_dublin_100fm_1920-2005_paulcoady_bernardevans.mp3

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890615_thu_dublin_100fm_2020-2105_bernardevans.mp3

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890615_thu_dublin_100fm_2145-2315_bernardevans_tonyjackson.mp3

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890702_sun_dublin_101fm_1830-1915_mikewilson.mp3

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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
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1988_12_30_fri_erneside_1251am_1945-2000_final_closedown-pt.mp3 New JAN 2021 The final 15 minutes of Erneside from 1251kHz. Recording courtesy of Prince Terry. 34M
Erneside - Cavan 97.8MHz - December 30th 1988 - Closedown.mp3 New JAN 2021 This is much better quality audio of the final hour of Erneside recorded from 97.8MHz FM. Recording is courtesy of radiowaves.fm 70M
881231_sat_erneside_1251_final_day_0940-1050_larrybyrne_linseyshelbourne.mp3 Despite an 'official' closedown on Friday evening, Erneside Radio was heard on Saturday morning 31st.  These three recordings were made near Blackpool from 1251kHz.  According to 'Weekly Report' the station finally left the air on 31st between 1830 and 2000.  It could be that Erneside were expecting the case brought by Eamonn Cooke would succeed, so they kept the transmitters 'warm'.  In the end the case failed and legislation went ahead as planned. 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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HOMETOWN RADIO - CASTLEBLAYNEY, CO MONAGHAN
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Hometown Radio had been operating on 981kHz from Castleblayney, County Monaghan since April 1985. The station closed at 7pm on Saturday 31st December 1988.

 

1988_12_31_sat_hometown_981am_0947-1033_final_day-kb.mp3 New DEC 2020 Part of the final breakfast show recorded from 981kHz in West Scotland on New Years Eve.  Unfortunately the microphone levels were low in places making the recording sound a bit noisy from the background interference. Hometown was more audible than normal on 31st December, as ICBS in Dublin, who also operated on 981kHz, had closed down on Friday night, leaving the channel clear during daylight hours. 44M
1988_12_31_sat_hometown_981am_1040-1127_tonydee_final_day-kb.mp3 New DEC 2020 Tony Dee takes over from the breakfast deejay at 10am, with his final show. Recorded in Western Scotland. 44M
1988_12_31_sat_hometown_981am_1127-1218_tonydee_final_day-kb.mp3 New DEC 2020 More of Tony Dee into the final afternoon of Hometown Radio, again received in Scotland.  Unfortunately we do not have recording of the final minutes of the station. 44M

 

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HOPE FM - DUBLIN
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Hope FM were a religious based radio station and had only been on the air on 104.4MHz for a few months before they were required to close. Their final broadcast was before midnight on 30th December 1988.

 

Hope FM - Dublin104.4MHz - 30December1988 - End.mp3 New JAN 2021 This final programme from Hope FM is courtesy of radiowaves.fm 244M

 

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IRISH CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING SERVICE (ICBS) - DUBLIN
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ICBS first broadcast to Dublin in 1982. It initially transmitted on 1017kHz, but later moved to the clearer 981kHz where it stayed until closure just before midnight on 30th December 1988.

 

1988_12_24_sat_icbs_305m-981am_mid-day_short_announcement_about_closedown-gh.mp3 NEW Dec 2020   A short recording of the station announcing closure details for the following week. This was heard during a 'continuity' link between shows. 2,000k

 

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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 30th December.

 

881209_fri_kiss_monaghan_1413am_0800-1115_heavy_foreign_interference.mp3 175,500k
1988_12_21_wed_kissfm_1037fms_0730-0833_nickrichards_conmcconville-mj.mp3 116,000k
1988_12_21_wed_kissfm_1037fms_0833-0936_nickrichards_conmcconville-mj.mp3 116,000k
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
1988_12_29_thu_kissfm_1037fms_0802-0849_nickrichards-mj.mp3 87,000k
1988_12_29_thu_kissfm_1037fms_0914-1001_nickrichards-mj.mp3 87,000k
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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KTOK - CO DONEGAL
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KTOK operated from Donegal Town, initially on both AM and FM, although by the time of legislation were only on FM, but on several frequencies.

 

1988_12_31_sat_ktok_fm_1545-1600_russpadmore_final_closedown-pt.mp3 New JAN 2021 The final 15 minutes of the with Russ Padmore and other station staff station up to closedown. Thanks to Prince Terry for this tape. 37M

 

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INDEPENDENT RADIO LONGFORD
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Independent Radio Longford had been operating for around 3 years, initially on 864kHz, but was possibly on FM only by the time of legislation.   They left the air for the final time at 6pm on 30th December 1988.

 

Independent Radio Longford - December 30th 1988 - Station Closedown.mp3 New JAN 2021 The final hour of Independent Radio Longford between 5pm and 6pm is courtesy of radiowaves.fm where there is also a nice story of the final broadcast along with newspaper clippings. 141M

 

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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??

 

1988_12_23_fri_luimni_103fm_1032-1117_johntheman.mp3 The end of the final show from John 'The Man' Frawley. 43,815 k
1988_12_24_sat_luimni_103fm_final_day_signoff.mp3 The end of the final programme and then closedown announcement with Alf de Lacy in the early hours of Christmas Eve. More information on the Radio Luimni closedown can be found in the radiowaves.fm closedown feature for 23rd December 1988. 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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MIDWAY RADIO - MULLINGAR
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Midway began on 1494kHz, but soon changed to 999kHz / 300m, where it stayed until legislation.  It closed at 9pm on Friday 30th December 1988.

 

1988_12_30_fri_midway_999am_2045-2100_final_closedown-pt.mp3 New JAN 2021 The recording is the final 15 minutes of the station. Thanks to Prince Terry for this tape. 37M

 

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MIDWEST RADIO (BALLYHAUNIS, CO MAYO)
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1988_12_30_fri_midwest_ballyhaunis_97fm_1445-1515_gerrygannon_johnnyoosten-gh228.mp3 New DEC 2020 30 minutes of the final afternoon shows with the changeover of deejays.  This tape copy has an issue as there was a problem with the original recording on playback, making the 'b' side audible backwards. We do not have the original.
28M
1988_12_30_fri_midwest_ballyhaunis_97fm_evening_johnduggan-gh228.mp3 New DEC 2020 Half an hour of a John Duggan programme from the final evening.  Many thanks to Tommy Murphy for originally sending these to Gary in 1989. 26M
1988_12_31_sat_midwest_ballyhaunis_97fm_2335-2400_live_from_midas_club_to_closedown-gh228.mp3 New DEC 2020 The final programme from Mid West Radio was live music from the Midas Club. A short history of the station origins was given, and then the staff of Mid West Radio were asked to get up on stage in the moments before the station was about to leave the air. 26M

 

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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.

 

1988_12_25_sun_north_846_1200-1330_gospel_time_wes_lt.mp3 Recorded from 846kHz in West Scotland on Christmas Day. 99,097k
1988_12_31_sat_north_846am_0933_1559_last_day_fadey_towards_end_reel_24_kb.mp3 New DEC 2020 Six hours of daytime shows from what was supposed to be the final day, as recorded in Western Scotland from 846kHz. Some fading towards the end. 295M
1988_12_31_sat_north_846am_1519_2251_last_day_reel_20_kb.mp3 New DEC 2020 A continuation of the above recording with a further six hours. Much fading and interference as night approaches. Although it was announced as the last day, there is mention during this recording, of it carrying on. 292M
1988_12_31_sat_north_846am_2251_0000_846_last_day_inc_close_reel_25_kb.mp3 New DEC 2020 The last hour or so, recorded from 846kHz in Western Scotland. Suffers from interference and night time fading in places. 56M
Radio North Carndonagh 31-12-88 Last Programme with Mickey Henry From 11.02pm.mp3 (via Rodney) The final hour of Radio North recorded from FM. 56,291k

 

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NORTH WEST COMMUNITY RADIO - DONEGAL
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North West Community Radio - Donegal1116kHz - 31December1988 - Closedown.mp3

The final minutes of North West Communnity Radio as it approached midnight on 31st December 1988, courtesy of  radiowaves.fm.

20M

 

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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
1988_12_18_sun_q102_738am_0913-0950_thebopshop_then_tx_cuts_off-gh780.mp3 NEW 12/20 35,388k
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 01/13 246,404k
881229_thu_q102_103fm_1845-1915_theboywonder_miles_interview.mp3 27,990k
1988_12_30_fri_q102_738am_0845-1310_final_day.mp3 NEW 01/13 243,800k
1988_12_30_fri_q102_738am_1310-1510_aidenleonard_aldunne-gh783.mp3 NEW 12/20 112M
1988_12_30_fri_q102_738am_1510-1700_davekelly_henryowens-gh783.mp3 NEW 12/20 100M
1988_12_30_fri_q102_738am_1700-1800_martinblock_to_closedown-gh783.mp3 NEW 12/20 57M
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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SIGNAL FM (DUBLIN)
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Signal 106 FM broadcast to Dublin from late 1987 and closed on 30th December 1988.

 

Signal106--Dublin--December30th1988--1830--GarvRigby-MO.mp3 New Sep 2021 Part of the final evening of Signal 106 with Garv Rigby courtesy of Mike Ormonde via radiowaves.fm. 42MB
Signal106--Dublin--December30th1988--1900--BennyRyan-MO.mp3 New Sep 2021 Benny Ryan on the final evening of Signal 106 courtesy of Mike Ormonde via radiowaves.fm. 71MB
Signal106--Dublin--December30th1988--2000--GrahamTurner-MO.mp3 New Sep 2021 Graham Turner on the final evening of Signal 106 courtesy of Mike Ormonde via radiowaves.fm. 39MB
Signal106--Dublin--December30th1988--2200--MikeOrmonde-MO.mp3 New Sep 2021 Mike Ormonde on the final evening of Signal 106 via radiowaves.fm. 77MB
Signal106--Dublin--December30th1988--2254-MO.mp3 New Sep 2021 The final closedown of Signal 106 at midnight courtesy of Mike Ormonde via radiowaves.fm. 94MB

 

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RADIO SNOWFLAKE - DUBLIN
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Radio Snowflake was an annual station operating each December. It commenced broadcasting in 1982 and was part of the Community Broadcasting Co-operative operated by Dave Reddy.

 

1988_12_28_wed_snowflake_941fm_1609_to_closedown_with_davidbaker_and_davereddy-gh216.mp3 The final hour or so of Radio Snowflake recorded from 94.1MHz. David Baker, with interesting history from Dave Reddy, and his thoughts on the upcoming license scenario. His forecast of the national license did indeed come true. This recording was kindly sent to Gary by Bryan back in 1989. A newspaper article from the 28th is available on radiowaves.fm 1988 Closedown Special, followed by information on the station itself. 134M

 

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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.

 

1988_12_18_sun_sunshine_531am_0857-1103_nailsmahoney_bebopgold-gh780.mp3 UPDATED 12/20 117M
1988_12_18_sun_sunshine_531am_1103-1316_nailsmahoney_bebopgold-gh780.mp3 UPDATED 12/20 125M
1988_12_18_sun_sunshine_531am_1316-1520_nailsmahoney_bebopgold-gh780.mp3 UPDATED 12/20 117M
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_fri_sunshine_1011fm_0558-0732_nailsmahoney_justinmckenna_final_breakfast_show-gh785.mp3 New Jan 2021 The final Nails Mahoney Breakfast Show with Justin McKenna. Recorded from FM, but in Co Monaghan, so in mono and with some noise. 87M
1988_12_30_fri_sunshine_1011fm_0734-0821_nailsmahoney_justinmckenna_final_breakfast_show-gh785.mp3 New Jan 2021 Continuation of the breakfast show, again as received in Co Monaghan. 44M
1988_12_30_fri_sunshine_1011fm_0821-0907_nailsmahoney_justinmckenna_final_breakfast_show-gh785.mp3 New Jan 2021 Last part of the final breakfast show and into the 'last' programme which lasted until final closedown at 6pm. Recorded in Co Monaghan. 43M
1988_12_30_fri_sunshine_531am_0845-1245_last_day.mp3 End of the final breakfast show and into Sunshine's final programme which features history from each of its previous 8 years. As received on 531kHz near Blackpool. 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.

 

1988_12_17_sat_telstar_1197am_0915-1230_eamonnduffy_alec.mp3 183,118K
1988_12_31_sat_telstar_1197am_closedown_promo-gh783.mp3 New DEC 2020 600k
1988_12_31_sat_telstar_1197am_0903-1054_final_morning-gh783.mp3 New DEC 2020 104,073k
1988_12_31_sat_telstar_1197am_1054-1302_final_show_and_closedown-gh783.mp3 New DEC 2020 118,667k
1988_12_31_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.

 

1988_12_23_fri_tttr_936am_1120-1320_bobgallico_news_german_interference-gh.mp3 111,650K
1988_12_29_thu_tttr_995fm_2330-2400.mp3 29,302K
1988_12_30_fri_tttr_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 Friday 30th 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.

 

1988_08_02_tue_wlr_waterford_1197am_1440-1602_paulbyrne-gh665.mp3 New NOV 2020 GH An afternoon show recorded down the coast in Ballycotton 75,488k
1988_08_03_wed_wlr_waterford_1197am_0712-0835-gh665.mp3 New NOV 2020 GH Part of a breakfast show as received in Ballycotton 80,218k
1988_12_24_sat_wlr_waterford_886fm_1734-1822_bobhueston_lizreddy-gh249.mp3 New DEC 2020 Part 1 of Christmas Eve recording of Bob Hueston, with Liz Reddy on news. Recorded from the station's FM outlet and originally sent to Gary by Joe Vincent of Jolly Roger Radio in 1989 66M
1988_12_24_sat_wlr_waterford_886fm_1839-1926_bobhueston_lizreddy-gh249.mp3 New DEC 2020 Part 2 of the above cassette 66M
1988_12_30_fri_wlr_waterford_889fm_final_day_1635-1720.mp3 Part 1 of the final closedown recorded from the station's FM outlet and originally sent to Gary by Joe Vincent of Jolly Roger Radio in 1989 114,746k
1988_12_30_fri_wlr_waterford_889fm_1720-1804_final_day_signoff.mp3 Part 2 of the above recording, leading to the final closedown of WLR 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.

 

1988_12_20_tue_west_702am_0859-1058_landlink_ianscott_derekflood-gh780.mp3 New DEC 2020 First part of a continuous 6 hour recording made from 702kHz in Blackpool the week before Christmas, featuring Ian Scott and Derek Flood 111M
1988_12_20_tue_west_702am_1058-1311_derekflood-gh780.mp3 New DEC 2020 Second part of the above recording made from 702kHz in Blackpool the week before Christmas with Derek Flood 124M
1988_12_20_tue_west_702am_1311-1520_derekflood_williehart-gh780.mp3 New DEC 2020 Final part of the above recording featuring the end of Derek Flood and into the Willie Hart show. Received on 702kHz in Blackpool the week before Christmas. Foreign interference becomes a big problem towards the end. Radio Andorra also used to operate on this frequency 119M
1988_12_30_fri_west_702am_final_day_0942-1025_aidennolan_derekflood.mp3 Part of the final morning of Radio West as recorded from 702kHz in Blackpool. There is some side splatter from BBC Radio 2 on 693kHz. 44,913k
1988_12_30_fri_west_702am_final_day_1037-1300_derekflood_cw_jamboree.mp3 More of the final morning and lunchtime of Radio West as recorded from 702kHz in Blackpool. Derek Flood is followed by the final Country Jamboree. More side splatter interference. 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.)

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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.

 

1988_12_18_sun_westside_6280sw_1000_sign_off_gary_lewis_prince_terry.mp3 178.845k
1988_12_25_sun_westside_6280sw_0840-signoff_prince_terry_variable_signal.mp3 122,867k
1988_12_28_wed_westside_6280sw_1025-1110_signon_princeterry-pt.mp3 New JAN 2021 Westside were on every day for a few hours during the final week. On Wednesday, Prince Terry signed on around 1030 and during the show replayed the final station news from Radio Dublin from the previous Sunday during which the coming legislation was a major feature. 46M
1988_12_28_wed_westside_6280sw_1110-1155_princeterry-pt.mp3 New JAN 2021 Prince Terry had been digging through old tapes, and following the replay of Radio Dublin station news, he played some old Radio Dublin. 46M
1988_12_31_sat_westside_6280sw_0846-1200_final_radio_limit_gary_lewis.mp3 171,190k
1988_12_31_sat_westside_6280sw_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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