Early KISS FM programming

Early KISS FM programming
KISS FM car sticker (courtesy of DX Archive).

This is an early broadcast of KISS FM on 102.7 from 2130-2259 on September 11th 1982, just a few days after the station’s launch. There are a few links by an unidentified DJ, but the style is mostly the clutter-free format for which Nova and its offshoots would gain popularity at various times. Nova’s news service is now know as ‘Independent Radio News’ and is carried by both stations at 10pm. It is read by Bryan Dobson, now one of RTÉ’s leading journalists. Clearly KISS FM was still experiencing teething problems as the news jingle fires unexpectedly and there is dead air for a few seconds in the final half hour.

This recording is from the Leon Tipler Tapes Collection, donated to us by Steve England.

The early days of KISS FM 102.7

The early days of KISS FM 102.7
KISS FM flyer (courtesy of Ian Biggar).

One of several offshoots of Radio Nova, KISS FM, came on the air on September 7th 1982 and broadcast until January 15th 1984. Starting off by playing continuous music only on 102.7 FM, KISS developed into a specialist and speech service alongside Nova, mopping up additional advertising and listeners.

This is the original version of an interview conducted by British radio enthusiast Leon Tipler during a visit to KISS FM in September 1982. He speaks to Brian Edgar and Stuart McLaughlin about the plans for KISS, rivalry between the Dublin stations and the economics of pirate radio.

This recording is from the Leon Tipler Tapes Collection, donated to us by Steve England. Below is a KISS FM promo from 1982 for a giveaway of £102.70. This was donated to us by Paul Buckle.

Declan Meehan’s brekkie trekkie on Radio Nova

Declan Meehan's brekkie trekkie on Radio Nova
Declan Meehan at Nova’s official closedown on 19 May 1983 (photo courtesy of Joe King).

This is a recording of Radio Nova made by British radio enthusiast Leon Tipler on 14th September 1982 during one of his visits to Dublin. Recorded from 88 FM from 0911-0956, it features part of the ‘brekkie trekkie’ with Declan Meehan. The music mix is mellow and presented in Nova’s pioneering ‘clutterfree’ format . The late Terry Wogan’s voice is heard on a well-known advert for Bargaintown. News headlines are read by Sybil Fennell and the job spot is also aired.

This recording is from the Leon Tipler Tapes Collection, donated to us by Steve England.

Tony Gareth on Radio Nova

Tony Gareth on Radio Nova
Tony Gareth aka Gareth O’Callaghan in the Nova studio (photo courtesy of Noel Hiney).

Here are two short clips from Radio Nova on Sunday 10th October 1982. The one above features part of the 10am news read by Roland Burke (RIP) followed by the weather with Tony Gareth, aka Gareth O’Callaghan who would become one of Ireland’s best-known broadcasters.

The second clip below is from the religious programme Life is a Celebration, which was launched on Nova on that day. Presented by two priests, it featured music and spiritual reflections and was an example of the early experimentation in specialist programming by Chris Cary.

We thank Paul Buckle for his donation of both recordings, which were made from 88FM near Belfast.

Colm Hayes on Radio Nova

Colm Hayes on Radio Nova
Colm Hayes at Nova’s official closedown on 19 May 1983 (photo courtesy of Joe King).

This is a recording of Colm Hayes on his Saturday afternoon show on 9th October 1982 from 1530-1609. Ads include the Sunday World newspaper, the Nova Country Club in Rathfarnham and the Savoy Cinema. Bryan Dobson, now one of RTÉ’s best-known journalists, voices an ad for pub lunches. There are sports results during Colm’s show and again after the 4pm news which is read by Cogey Clarke.

This recording was made from 88 FM near Belfast and hence the slight hiss, but it shows how far the Nova FM signal travelled in those days. We thank Paul Buckle for this donation.