Radio Dublin station news from 1991

Radio Dublin station news from 1991
Radio Dublin car sticker from the mid-1980s (courtesy of DX Archive).

Radio Dublin’s weekly Station News was normally delivered by its owner Eamonn Cooke but on Sunday 17th February 1991, station manager Joe Doyle (Joe Rossa) took to the air unexpectedly following days of back-to-back music on the station. There was speculation that a summons was to be served in connection with a previous raid and Radio Dublin was lying low and had ceased live programming. The rumour mill was in overdrive and Joe Doyle gives listeners a flavour of some of the conspiracy theories circulating but doesn’t explain what exactly is going on. He then attacks teenage DJs Barry Dunne and Gary Cruise (O’Connell) for their claims about low-powered station KHTR, a forerunner to the much bigger 1990s pirate Sunset FM. Other pirates logged that weekend were WABC in Donegal and Dublin stations DĂșn Laoghaire Weekend Radio, Signal Radio, Rock 103.1 and The Yahoo on 106.2.

Thanks to Barry Dunne for his donation of this recording.

Interview: Joe Rossa (Moonlight Radio, NDCR, Ballymun Community Radio, Radio Dublin)

Here Walter Hegarty interviews Joe Rossa (aka Joe Doyle), the station manager of Radio Dublin for the later part of this iconic station’s history. Joe also discusses his involvement in earlier pirates such as the tiny hobby station Moonlight Radio, NDCR and Ballymun Community Broadcasting which continued until December 1988.

Interview: Joe Rossa (Moonlight Radio, NDCR, Ballymun Community Radio, Radio Dublin)