Interview: Tom O’Brien – Radio City

On October 20th 2018 over 100 radio anoraks gathered in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin. The purpose was to meet and record oral history of the pirate radio era. In this interview, Tom O’Brien talks about his time on AM Dublin pirate Radio City. Radio City went on the air in late 1979 and broadcast on 1145, 1161 and 1165 kHz.

Interview: Jack Byrne – NDCR

North Dublin Community Radio (NDCR) broadcast from c1982 to 1988 from the north Dublin suburb of Coolock and had a strong community broadcasting ethos. It first aired as Concord Community Radio before changing its name to NDCR. It could be heard on 1008 kHz AM and on 100 FM, abandoning medium wave at a later stage in common with many other stations. In this interview with Wireless on Flirt FM (https://wirelessflirt.wordpress.com/) from May 2017, NDCR founder Jack Byrne talks about the early years of the station and the establishment of its licensed successor, NEAR FM. 

Interview: Bryan Dobson – Southside Radio / Radio Nova

On October 20th 2018 over 100 radio anoraks gathered in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin. The purpose was to meet and record oral history of the pirate radio era.  Here RTÉ broadcaster Bryan Dobson tells Leigh McGowran about his times in Southside Radio and Radio Nova in the early 1980s.

Interview: Ken Sheehan speaks about Radio Dublin

Radio Dublin was the longest running pirate station in Ireland, on air in various guises from 1966 until 2003. It was raided on numerous occasions and was one of a handful of stations to defy the deadline of New Year’s Eve 1988. In its earliest incarnation, it broadcast as Raidió Bhaile Átha Cliath every Sunday afternoon from the home of Ken Sheehan. In this interview from 1985, Mike Anderson of shortwave pirate Radio Valleri interviews Ken Sheehan about his involvement in the establishment of Radio Dublin, his views of the station in 1985 and of the pirate radio scene in general at that time.

Interview: Brian Matthews of Community Radio Fingal

Community Radio Fingal broadcast from north Co. Dublin from 1982 to 1988 and was an example of one of the many community-focused pirates in Ireland. It began with a 300 watt transmitter in Skerries and later moved to the nearby village of Loughshinney where it operated a 1kW rig on 1575 kHz and also broadcast on FM. In this fascinating interview from 1988, station owner Brian Matthews talks about the history of CRF, its studio and transmitter facilities and provides some amusing anecdotes about presenters and listeners.

Interview: Patricia Loughlan (DXer)

On October 20th 2018 over 100 radio anoraks gathered in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin. The purpose was to meet and record oral history of the pirate radio era.  We hear a lot from the broadcasters but it is rare to hear from the listeners of the era. The hardcore listeners were DXers (listening in to faint distant signals or as Patricia puts it, trainspotting for radio). Here Patricia Loughlan from Raheny tells you her story and listening to covert stations from Santry to behind the Iron Curtain to Australia.

Interview: Brian Kelly – Southside / DLR / Energy AM

On October 20th 2018 over 100 radio anoraks gathered in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin. The purpose was to meet and record oral history of the pirate radio era. In this interview, Brian Kelly tells Leigh McGowran about his pirate radio past in Dublin and Wicklow and explains the reasons why he is keeping AM radio alive.

Interview: Ken O’Sullivan – WKLR / Capitol Nitesky

On October 20th 2018 over 100 radio anoraks gathered in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin. The purpose was to meet and record oral history of the pirate radio era. Ken O’Sullivan worked at pirates in Cork (WKLR) and Dublin (Capitol-Nitesky) in the 1980s and is still working in radio today with LMFM. Here is his story.