Interviews: launch of pirate radio exhibition

In 2018 broadcast historian Eddie Bohan launched his exhibition of Irish pirate radio history. The exhibition is travelling around Ireland during 2018 and 2019 to commemorate the end of the pirate era and the start of licensed radio.

Here’s an interview with Eddie Bohan about the exhibition and the importance of pirate radio history. The exhibition was launched at the South Dublin County Library in Tallaght in May 2018. The interview was first broadcast on Wireless on Flirt FM in April 2018.

Here’s a selection of interviews with some of those who came along to the launch of the exhibition in Tallaght: Jimmy McCabe (Radio Milinda), Dermot Butler (Radio Dublin and KIC FM), Chris Murray (Radio Dublin and now LMFM) and Eric Moore (LLCR and Smile FM and now RTÉ Gold). This report was first broadcast on Wireless on Flirt FM in May 2018.

Jingles: Liberties Local Community Radio

Liberties Local Community Radio (LLCR) began broadcasting in March 1986 from Weaver Square in Dublin 8. It was run by Sammy Prendergast who was well known for installing aerials for pirate stations. LLCR broadcast on 1035 kHz AM using the old Capitol Radio rig which had been on 1017 kHz until shortly before then. It was also heard on 104 FM at a later stage.

There was some variation in the station’s name as these idents indicate, from LLCR to Liberties Radio to Liberty Radio. It also announced Liberty 104 at one stage. Although LLCR began by emphasising its community roots in the Liberties, it never sounded like long-standing community stations such as BLB and NDCR. One of its most popular programmes was a hip-hop show presented by Tony Christie.

Top of the hour ident into news from 1988. The newsreader is a youthful Teena Gates who is still to be heard on Dublin radio.
LLCR jingles from 1986 when it emphasised its local/community roots.
Slight change to the top of the hour jingle in 1987 announcing Liberties Radio.
Top of the hour ident from 1988 announcing Liberty Radio.