Launch of new Dublin super-pirate Q102

Launch of new Dublin super-pirate Q102
Q102 Eye in the Sky car sticker (Anoraks Ireland Collection).

These recordings are of the launch of the new Dublin super-pirate Q102, that began broadcasting on Wednesday 23rd January 1985. The station shook up the competitive Dublin radio market, offering another professional music-based station for listeners and introducing innovative features such as Eye in the Sky, traffic news reported from a helicopter flying over the city. The first recording above starts at 1613 and is of the countdown to the launch, featuring continuous music and promos. The second part below is from 1701.

Part 2 from 1701.
Launch of new Dublin super-pirate Q102
Original label from Anoraks Ireland Collection.

The next recordings begin at 1850 and include the official launch at 1900 with a Cold War-style promo voiced by Lawrence John, one of the original station founders. He is followed by Jason Maine until 2000 and then John Kenny with the night-time show. There are some comedy-style commercials but no actual advertisements.

Part 3 from 1850 including launch.
Launch of new Dublin super-pirate Q102
Original label from Anoraks Ireland Collection.
Part 4 from 1935.

The next recording begins at 2018 and includes more of John Kenny’s programme. The cassette was damaged and only the first 40 minutes has been digitised.

Part 5 from 2018.

The final recording begins at 2302 and features John Kenny with a more relaxed late night sound.

Part 6 from 2302.
Launch of new Dublin super-pirate Q102
Original cassette label from Anoraks Ireland Collection.

These recordings were all made from 102 FM and are from the Anoraks Ireland Collection, donated to us by Paul Davidson. The first 90 minutes of Q102, including the launch, were recorded originally by Kieran Murray. Q102 closed down on 30th December 1988 at 1800.

First birthday of Q102

First birthday of Q102
Q102 Sunday World advert from 1986 (Anoraks Ireland Collection).

This recording of Dublin super-pirate Q102 was made on its first birthday, 23rd January 1986, by which time it was established as one of Dublin’s big three pirate stations. The tape begins with one of the station’s most popular DJs, Jason Maine, who is followed by Gerry Stevens with the afternoon drive. In keeping with the Q102 format, talk is limited and links are short, with the focus firmly on the music. Adverts for local businesses and larger brands are aired.

First birthday of Q102
Original cassette label from Anoraks Ireland Collection.

Part 1 above runs from 1407-1455 and Part 2 below from 1502-1548.

Part 2 from 1502.

The recording was made from 103.5 FM and is from the Anoraks Ireland Collection, donated to us by Paul Davidson.

Christmas Night on Q102

Christmas Night on Q102
Q102 sticker from 1985/6 (Anoraks Ireland Collection).

This recording of Dublin super-pirate Q102 is from Christmas Night 1986. It begins with Eamonn Kelly who is finishing up a marathon 6-hour shift. Talk is limited reflecting the station’s format and the day that’s in it, and there are just a few requests for listeners and a weather bulletin. An advert for the 1987 Q102 diary is heard and the top-of-the-hour promo is sponsored by Sony. Eamonn is followed at midnight by Ken Harley, who is facing into another 6-hour show.

Christmas Night on Q102
Original cassette label from Anoraks Ireland Collection.

Part 1 of the recording above runs from 2231-2319 and Part 2 below from 2349-0037.

Part 2 from 2349.

Eamonn was heard previously on Cork stations WBEN and ERI and KISS FM in Foley Street in Dublin. Ken also worked on Big D, ARD, Radio Leinster and Radio Nova, and had previously made adverts for Nova in Bay City Studios. Listen to an interview with him here.

The recording was made from 103.5 FM on December 25th and 26th 1986 and is from the Anoraks Ireland Tapes Collection, donated to us by Paul Davidson.

Gerry Stevens on Q102

Gerry Stevens on Q102
Q102 studio shot from 1985 (Anoraks Ireland Collection).

The Dublin super-pirate Q102 ended 1985 on a high after a successful first year of broadcasting. The station prided itself on being Irish-owned in contrast with the city’s other two big pirates, Radio Nova and Sunshine Radio. This recording is of Gerry Stevens on his drivetime show in November 1985. News on the hour is read by Anne Cassin. Gerry Stevens worked subsequently in the licensed Dublin station Q102, which was launched as Lite FM in 2000. Anne Cassin is a television presenter with RTÉ.

Gerry Stevens on Q102
Q102 logo in the studio in 1985 (Anoraks Ireland Collection).

Our tape was made from 102.1 FM from 1635-1708 on 27th November 1985. There is some wobble due to the age of the cassette. It is from the Anoraks Ireland Tapes Collection, donated to us by Paul Davidson.

Jason Maine and Anne Cassin on Q102

Jason Maine and Anne Cassin on Q102
Early Q102 car sticker from 1985 (Anoraks Ireland Collection).

This is a recording of Jason Maine on his afternoon show on Q102 in 1985, about 10 months after the successful Dublin station went on air. There are plenty of adverts in the run-up to Christmas, a competition to win a Fiat Uno car and a £10 giveaway to listeners on the streets who said they listened to Q102. Jason Maine had worked previously with other Dublin pirates including Radio Nova.

Jason Maine and Anne Cassin on Q102
Clipping about Jason Maine in Sunday World, 1986 (Anoraks Ireland Collection).

News is read by Anne Cassin, who went on to become a journalist with RTÉ and is now a presenter of Nationwide.

Jason Maine and Anne Cassin on Q102
Original cassette label from Anoraks Ireland Collection.

This recording was made from 102.1 FM on Wednesday, 27th November 1985. Part 1 above runs from 1321 and Part 2 below from 1411.

Part 2 from 1411.

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