KITS was one of the many ‘border blasters’, stations which popped up along the border during the 1980s and beamed their signals north in the search for advertising and listeners. KITS went on air at the era of the pirate era in 1988 and broadcast from Monaghan town on 837 kHz AM and 101 FM.
Although less powerful than its audacious neighbour KISS FM – which aimed unashamedly at the Belfast market – KITS had its own strong local following. Here’s its jingle package.
Radio Anita was a hobby station operated by Frank Williams (aka Frank Decker) from Howth and broadcast sporadically in the late 1980s. Here’s an aircheck from 1988 (we don’t have a precise date) recorded from 94.6 FM.
North Dublin Community Radio (NDCR) began broadcasting from Coolock in northeast Dublin in 1983 and was one of the leading community stations of the time, broadcasting on 1008 kHz AM and 100 FM. Many of those involved in NDCR went on to establish NEAR FM, the current licensed community station for northeast Dublin. Here’s a selection of NDCR jingles and promos from 1987 and 1988.
You can hear an interview with NDCR founder Jack Byrne here and with former presenter Declan Ralph here.
Radio City went on the air in late 1979 and broadcast from Capel Street in Dublin on 1145, 1161 and 1165 kHz. In this jingle package from the early 1980s, the legendary Tony Allen announces 257m. These jingles were donated by David Baker, who begins this interview by describing his time at Radio City.
You can listen to other interviews about Radio City here and here.
Three temporary community stations came on air in 1984 to celebrate local festivals in Dublin. Radio Sandymount, Radio Ringsend and Radio Donnybrook were all set up by Dave Reddy and broadcast on 981, 1116 or 1134 kHz. David Baker, who worked in a variety of Dublin stations in the 1980s, was also involved. In this recording from June or July 1984, David chats with Gerard Roe of Radio Annabel about the Dublin radio scene in 1984. Audio quality is poor as the recording is of a weak AM signal received in north Dublin on 981 kHz but we are unaware of any other recording of these community stations. You can hear separate recordings of Radio Annabel at http://pirate.ie/archive/the-radio-annabel-free-radio-campaign/ and an interview with David Baker at http://pirate.ie/archive/interview-dave-baker-klas/
Q102 launched in 1985 with all the knowledge of Nova & Sunshine and a lot of investment. Starting with a clean slate. This was the imaging for Q102. These files were donated to the archive on 01.01.2019. If you have similar tapes/carts/reels/files consider donating the audio to the archive here via email@example.com
Don Harris worked on many of the Dublin AM pirates like ARD and Southside Radio before joining South Coast Radio In Cork. He went on to form the first independent radio sales bureau in Ireland which straddled the pirate era and the legal local radio era.