‘The Smurf’ on the Cork Broadcasting Company

'The Smurf' on the Cork Broadcasting Company
Pat O’Rourke aka Smurf at CBC, August 1979 (courtesy of Lillian O’Donoghue)

One of the popular DJs on the Cork Broadcasting Company (CBC) was Pat O’Rourke, also known as ‘The Smurf’. His show had a big following, with many listeners writing in with requests and dedications.

This recording is a partial aircheck and begins at 1000 on Friday 15th June 1979. As ever the mailbag is full and it takes Pat a while to read out the letters between records. The show is a great example of how pirate radio made close connections with its listeners and built up a strong local following.

Thanks to Lillian O’Donoghue for the recording and photos.