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.

Interview: Rosemary Day discusses the transition from the pirate era to community radio

We are delighted to bring you some recordings from 2018 from Wireless Flirt (the radio show about radio in Ireland). In this interview from December 2016, John Walsh speaks with Dr. Rosemary Day, Head of the Department of Media and Communication Studies in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. The post-1988 licencing of radio and the community radio space are discussed.

Interview: Liam Byrne – the Limerick Pirates

Hits 954 flyer courtesy of Ger Sweeney.

In this interview, John Walsh visited Limerick and spoke with anorak Liam Byrne who has all the details on the old Limerick pirate radio scene from the late 1970s to the pirate Radio Limerick One in the 1990s and beyond. This interview was first broadcast on Wireless on Flirt FM.

Interview: David Baker (ARD, Radio City, Radio Leinster, Radio Donnybrook, KISS FM, Heartbeat, KLAS)

We are delighted to bring you some recordings from Wireless on Flirt FM. In this interview, John Walsh caught up with David Baker who worked for or managed a long list of pirates in Dublin in the 1980s. John worked with David in KLAS from 1986-1988.

image via Wireless on Flirt FM: The garage at the back of 312 Sutton Park, Dublin 13, the location KLAS first broadcast from.

Interview: Dennis Murray (Big D/KISS FM (102.7)/Radio Nova/KISS FM Monaghan)

On October 20th 2018 over 100 radio anoraks gathered in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. The purpose was to meet and record oral history of the pirate radio era. 

John Walsh interviewed Dennis Murray about his pirate radio past including the early days of Big D, Radio Nova, KISS FM (102.7) in Dublin and another KISS FM (103.7) in Monaghan.

Interview: Declan Ralph (NDCR)

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. Declan Ralph has been on radio in North Dublin for over 30 years. Currently hosting a few programmes on NEAR FM, Declan talks about his pirate past including NDCR which was the pirate forerunner to NEAR FM.

Interview: Tom Hardy (Radio Nova, KISS FM Monaghan)

Tom Hardy at Radio Nova headquarters in Herbert Street on the 19th of May 1983, the day of the official Nova closedown. Photo courtesy of Joe King.

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 Hardy speaks to John Walsh about his memories of Radio Nova including the raid of 1983, KISS FM (Monaghan) and his views about radio today.