North Dublin Community Radio (NDCR) broadcast from 1982 to 1988 from the north Dublin suburb of Coolock and had a strong community broadcasting ethos. It first aired as Concord Community Radio before changing its name to NDCR. It could be heard on 1008 kHz AM and on 100 FM, abandoning medium wave at a later stage in common with many other stations. In this interview with Wireless on Flirt FM from May 2017, NDCR founder Jack Byrne talks about the early years of the station, the philosophy of community radio and the establishment of NDCR’s licensed successor, NEAR FM.
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.
On October 20th 2018 over 100 radio anoraks gathered in the Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin. The purpose was to meet and record oral history of the pirate radio era. Declan Ralph has been on radio in North Dublin for over 30 years. Currently hosting a few programmes on NEAR FM, Declan talks about his pirate past including NDCR which was the pirate forerunner to NEAR FM.