Breakfast music and news on Q102

Breakfast music and news on Q102
DJ’s booth in Q102 in 1985 (courtesy DX Archive).

By the summer of 1985, the new kid on the block, Q102, was well established as a serious player in the cut-throat Dublin radio market. Made after about six months on air, this recording underlines the station’s professionalism and high-quality sound with breakfast DJ, Scott Williams, presenting a mixture of music, news and information. There are promos for a listeners’ quiz sponsored by Irish music retailer Dolphin Discs and for cash giveaways on the streets of Dublin. Adverts for larger businesses and brands reflect Q102’s commercial success. News is read by Anne Cassin. Both presenters went on to careers in licensed radio or RTÉ.

Breakfast music and news on Q102
Original cassette inlay from Anoraks Ireland Collection.

The recording is from the Anoraks Ireland Collection and was made from 102 FM from 0727-0812 on 6th August 1985.

Gareth O’Callaghan on Q102

Gareth O'Callaghan on Q102
Q102 logo from 1987 (Alan MacSimoin Collection).

Gareth O’Callaghan broadcast on various 1980s pirates stations including Radio Nova, Energy 103 and Q102. In this recording, he is heard presenting the afternoon show on Q102 in the autumn of 1987. There’s the usual upbeat mixture of music, chat, comedy, a newspaper review and traffic news along with adverts for local businesses and larger companies or brands. The ’10 in a row’ feature consists of 10 songs without adverts from 1700-1730. News at half-past the hour is read by Anne Cassin, who would go on to work for RTÉ. Gareth O’Callaghan continues to broadcast today on Classic Hits Radio.

Gareth O'Callaghan on Q102
Original inset from Anoraks Ireland Collection.

Audio quality on this tape is fair as there is distortion throughout, most likely due to an issue with the recording device as Q102 had a highly professional signal. The recording was made from 101.9 FM from 1620-1752 on Thursday 1st October 1987 and is from the Anoraks Ireland Collection, donated to us by Paul Davidson.

October bank holiday 1985 on Q102

October bank holiday 1985 on Q102
Q102 logo as seen in studios in 1985 (Anoraks Ireland Collection).

This recording of Dublin super-pirate Q102 was made on bank holiday Monday 1985, eight months after the station had entered the capital’s competitive radio market. It includes a syndicated show by the US ABC Radio Network, featuring the band Huey Lewis and the News who were enjoying chart success at the time.

October bank holiday 1985 on Q102
Original cassette inlay from the Anoraks Ireland Collection.

There’s the usual mix of commercials for medium-sized and large businesses in the city. News on the hour is read by Martin O’Neill, aka Niall Martin, who would go on to have a career as an RTÉ journalist. The syndicated show is followed at midday by John Kenny, who would become an RTÉ sports journalist.

Part 1 above runs from 1054-1139 and Part 2 below from 1142-1227.

Part 2 from 1142

The tape was made on 28th October 1985 from 102 FM and is from the Anoraks Ireland Tapes Collection, donated to us by Paul Davidson.

Late night shows on Dublin’s Super Q

Late night shows on Dublin's Super Q
Q102 studio shot in 1988 (courtesy Andy Carter).

Dublin super-pirate Q102 was relaunched as ‘Super Q’ in the summer of 1988, just a few months before the vast majority of pirates left the airwaves for good. The new format was introduced by US radio consultant Bill Cunningham, who had previously revamped Sunshine Radio as ‘Sunshine Hot Hits 101’ in 1986. Following the closure of Energy 103 in March 1988, Q102 and Sunshine became the largest and most successful Dublin pirates, capitalising on advertising revenue before the radio sector was legalised. Q102 closed down on 30th December.

This recording is from the last autumn of Q102’s four-year stint and features a flavour of late-night programing. First up is Tom Brown ending his show before midnight. He is followed by Mike Duggan on the overnight slot until 0600. Given the time of night, there is little talk and no adverts, but arguably the sound is less engaging than Q102 before the rebranding, when the station had an iconic jingle package and friendly on-air style.

The tape runs from 2345-0115 on 16th and 17th October 1988 and was made from 102 FM. Thanks to John Breslin for the donation.

John Kenny on Dublin’s Q102

John Kenny on Dublin's Q102
Car sticker for the popular traffic report Eye in the Sky on Q102 (Anoraks Ireland Collection).

This recording of popular Dublin station Q102 was made in the summer of 1985 and features part of the evening drivetime show presented by John Kenny. Chart music alternates with classic tunes and there are plenty of adverts ranging from larger companies and brands to restaurants and clothing shops around Dublin. A promo airs for a 1970s special over the August bank holiday weekend, there’s a competition for tickets to the Horse Show and gigs by Stockton’s Wing and Blue in Heaven are mentioned. News with Gary Hamill (Seán McCarthy) includes reference to the moving statues phenomenon that rocked Ireland that summer. John Kenny is still heard on sports and music shows on RTÉ.

John Kenny on Dublin's Q102
Original tape label from Anoraks Ireland Collection.

The tape was recorded from 102 FM on Wednesday 31st July 1985. Part 1 above runs from 1827 and Part 2 below from 1913.

Part 2 from 1913.

At this time Q102 also broadcast on 828 kHz AM. The recording is from the Anoraks Ireland Tapes Collection, donated to us by Paul Davidson.