RADIO DUBLIN - 1978 MUTINY
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In April 1978 after Radio Dublin had been operating full time for almost four months, 'The Captain' Eamonn Cooke went abroad on holiday. Whilst he was away, there was a mutiny at the station which resulted in most of the staff leaving to form another station, 'Big D Radio'. According to those that left, it had been because they were unhappy at what was happening at the station, and serious allegations were made against 'The Captain'. When he returned, the station, including the transmitter, had been vandalised and was off the air. With the help of one or two of the remaining staff, Radio Dublin returned to the air on low power.
'The Captain' was angry at what had gone on, and on one of his news broadcasts, on Friday 14th April 1978 made his feelings known to the listeners of Dublin, naming those involved in the mutiny.
A much longer news broadcast was made on Sunday 16th April 1978, lasting for two hours.
Below is a Dublin newspaper cutting from the day 'The Captain' returned to the ruins of the station.