Interview with Paul Davidson of Anoraks Ireland on Centre Radio

Interview with Paul Davidson of Anoraks Ireland on Centre Radio
Anoraks Ireland card and logo with Paul Davidson’s name.

On its final day of broadcasting on 31st December 1988, there was a serious anorak feel to Centre Radio in Bayside as it looked back at the pirate radio scene and caught up with those who had been involved with it. During his final show, Richard Taylor (John Walsh) interviewed Paul Davidson (Tony Donlon) of Anoraks Ireland who had recorded and documented so much of Irish pirate radio in the 1980s. In the recording above which was made after 8pm, John asked Tony who was still on air in Dublin and got his views about the forthcoming legalisation of local radio.

Interview with Paul Davidson of Anoraks Ireland on Centre Radio
Centre Radio, Christmas 1986. L-R behind: Liam Ward, Brian Greene, Pauline Reddin, Declan Meade, Eamonn Roe. L-R front: Iris Conroy, Peter Walsh.

Earlier at 3pm on December 31st, Brian Greene interviewed Derek Jones and got his thoughts on the final day of pirate radio. Derek was one of those behind the shortwave station Radio Valleri based in Baldoyle, Dublin 13 and in 1986, he got involved with Big Beat Radio also in Baldoyle. Big Beat was a summer youth station which preceded Centre Radio and many of the same young DJs were involved.

Interview with Paul Davidson of Anoraks Ireland on Centre Radio
Derek Jones at Centre Radio, Christmas 1986.

Derek continues to broadcast today and in this extended interview with Brian Greene, he looks back at many happy decades behind the microphone.

Jingles: Radio Valleri International (Dublin)

Jingles: Radio Valleri International (Dublin)
Radio Valleri poster courtesy of DX Archive.

Radio Valleri was one of the long-running Irish shortwave pirates of the 1970s and 1980s. Founded by Mike Anderson and Derek Jones, it began testing in 1972 on 1525 kHz medium wave before moving to short wave. The station became a regular operator on Sunday mornings, one of many such pirates from Ireland in the 49 metre band. There’s a detailed history on the DX Archive pages. One of those involved at the beginning was Arno St Jude (Declan Meehan).

This recording from 1985 is of station jingles, voiced by Brian and Dónal Greene. The frequency announced is 6870 kHz.

Interview: Derek Jones (Radio Valleri)

Interview: Derek Jones (Radio Valleri)
Derek Jones at Radio Valleri, Drumcondra, Dublin, late 1970s.

One of Ireland’s longest serving DJs and radio operators, Derek Jones sat down to tell his radio story, from AM Raidió Bhaile Átha Cliath (Radio Dublin) in the 1960s, to his long running SW station Radio Valleri, to Christmas FM and Retro FM. Derek also discusses his favourite radio memories including his nine years on Radio Caroline Dublin in Sutton.

Interview: Derek Jones (Radio Valleri)
image via dxarchive.com