Sunday night oldies on Waterford Local Radio

Sunday night oldies on Waterford Local Radio
Early WLR logo (courtesy Colin Kennedy).

This recording is of John O’Shea with a Sunday night oldies show on the popular southeast station Waterford Local Radio (WLR), which broadcast from 1978-1988. The programme includes requests from listeners, lost and found notices, a competition and a featured artist. Plenty of adverts are aired for businesses in Waterford and surrounding towns. Sound quality is generally good but there is some variation in audio levels, especially during commercial breaks. John O’Shea continues to broadcast on the licensed WLR FM today. In this recording, he is followed by Conor Halpin with the Guilty but Insane show.

Sunday night oldies on Waterford Local Radio
Original cassette label from Anoraks Ireland Collection.

The tape was recorded from 99.9 FM between 2044 and 2216 on 8th August 1982. WLR also broadcast on 88.8 FM and 1197 kHz (252 metres). The recording is from the Anoraks Ireland Tapes Collection, donated to us by Paul Davidson.

Chart sounds on Enniscorthy Local Radio

Chart sounds on Enniscorthy Local Radio

Enniscorthy Local Radio broadcast on AM and FM from the town of Enniscorthy in Co. Wexford in 1982. There is little information available about the station but it was noted in a log by DX Archive on 1512 kHz AM/199 metres and 99.1 FM in December. However, it did not appear in previous or subsequent listings so it is unclear how long it lasted into 1983.

Chart sounds on Enniscorthy Local Radio
Original label from Anoraks Ireland Collection

This recording was made in summer 1982 and features DJ Tommy Butler with an afternoon chart music and requests show. There are plenty of adverts for small local businesses in Enniscorthy and Ferms about 10km away. Billy Shanahan is to follow Tommy with the next programme. The tape was made from 1522-1658 on Monday 9th August 1982 and was recorded from 99.6 FM in mono, announcing 100 FM. It is from the Anoraks Ireland Tapes Collection, donated to us by Paul Davidson.

‘Dance Radio’ on South Coast Radio

'Dance Radio' on South Coast Radio
John Ashford on South Coast Radio in 1982 (courtesy Lillian O’Donoghue).

The fluid nature of pirate radio gave breaks to sometimes very young DJs, many of whom went on to carve out careers in broadcasting. John Ashford (real name John Buckley, RIP) was one of the younger part-time presenters on Cork station South Coast Radio, which came on air in spring 1982. Joining South Coast in the summer when he was aged only 19, John presented weekend shows including a Sunday afternoon request programme called ‘Dance Radio’.

'Dance Radio' on South Coast Radio
Original label from Anoraks Ireland Collection.

In this recording, there are plenty of requests and commercial breaks include local businesses and larger companies. The voices of Siobhán Walls and Hugh Browne (RIP), both of whom went on to have careers in radio, are heard on adverts. Before joining South Coast, John worked in smaller stations Cork City Local Radio and Radio City.

The tape was made from 102.7 FM (announcing 104) on 22nd August 1982. Part 1 above runs from 1614 and Part 2 below from 1700.

Part 2 from 1700.

The recording is from the Anoraks Ireland Tapes Collection, donated to us by Paul Davidson.

Radio Carousel reports on Bisto Soapbox Derby

Radio Carousel reports on Bisto Soapbox Derby
Undated photo of Dunleer Soapbox Derby (source: Dunleer Parish on Facebook).

Soapbox derby competitions began in the United States in the 1930s and were revived in Ireland in the 1980s where they are often known as go-karting. The All-Ireland Soapbox Derby was held in Dunleer, Co. Louth in 1982 and sponsored by gravy company Bisto. Dundalk pirate station Radio Carousel was at the event and broadcast a special half-hour programme in the Carousel Tonight slot on Monday 16th August. Presented by Kieran Murray, the programme consisted of interviews with organisers and participants at the event, including with local TD Bernard Markey and a representative of Bisto. As the pirates gained listeners during the 1980s, political parties attempted to prevent elected representatives from being interviewed on the pirates but politicians knew that they would gain publicity if heard on their local station.

Radio Carousel reports on Bisto Soapbox Derby
Kieran Murray in the Radio Carousel studio in Dundalk (courtesy of Kieran).

This is a studio copy of the programme provided by Kieran Murray. It is from the Anoraks Ireland Tapes Collection, donated to us by Paul Davidson. Watch an RTÉ television report on the same event here.

Final day of Radio Ringsend 1982

Final day of Radio Ringsend 1982
L-R: Victor Ryan, Michael Nugent and Al O’Rourke at Radio Ringsend (courtesy Dave Reddy).

Radio Ringsend was one of several temporary community stations under the umbrella of the Community Broadcasting Co-operative (CBC) in the 1980s. Set up by Dave Reddy, the pop-up stations went on air to coincide with local community festivals in Dublin and surrounding counties. Based in the southeast inner city, Radio Ringsend broadcast for the first time during the Ringsend and District Community Festival in 1982 and continued each year until summer 1988.

This recording from 1982 is of part of the final day of Radio Ringsend’s first run. Up first is Victor Ryan with music, a copious number of requests and community notices. He is followed at 4pm by Al O’Rourke and at 6pm by Mick Nugent who hosts the final show until 8pm. There’s a real community feel with local kids interviewed in studio between the records. Adverts for local businesses such as corner shops, chippers, garages and pubs are aired. The airchecked tape begins before 3pm on Sunday 18th July 1982 and was recorded from 1512 kHz (199 metres). Radio Ringsend also broadcast on 104 FM. This recording is from the Anoraks Ireland Tapes Collection, donated to us by Paul Davidson.