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"Don't Stop The Carousel" Performed by Roy Taylor and The Nevada.
Author: Hurley/Hicky. Copyright: 1978 EMMA MUSIC.
This was the theme tune for Radio Carousel, which began broadcasting from The Dundalk Shopping Centre, Dundalk, County Louth, in May 1978. The opening of the station coincided with the Dundalk Maytime Festival.
Many people in the locality believed the station was only on-air for the duration of the festival, but as time proved, this was not thecase!!
Not connected with pirate radio in any way, but this theme tune called "Tico's Tune" by "Manuel & The Music Of The Mountains" was the theme of the Gay Byrne Show which ran for many years on RTÉ Radio One. You can read some of the history by scrolling half way down this page The reason I include the recording here is that apparently it is very rare (or very hard to obtain). Enjoy!
station has been on-air in Dublin
since August 1989.
They had steadfastly refused to
use jingles, preferring to use
"liners" i.e.: a line
or statement spoken by a male
or female voice. However, in January
2003, this all changed as 98FM
introduced their first-ever jingle
package "We LOVE this CITY
- Dublin's 98FM"
"Pirate" radio station
began transmitting from Dublin,
Ireland in June 1981. Radio Nova
literally changed the face of broadcasting
in Ireland and made FM Stereo popular
for broadcasting. Here's a chance
to hear all those jingles you know
and love from the innovator of Free
Radio in Ireland.
was the Dutch language service of
Radio Northsea International. The
station broadcast from the ship
Mi Amigo, which was anchored in
International Waters, just off the
Dutch coast, during the 1970's.
The English service was called RNI
(Radio Northsea International) but
these Dutch jingles are superb!
traditional Irish tune called
Boola' was recorded by Drifter
Sound and arranged by S.Shannon
It was Radio Dublin's theme tune
from 1970 right up to the mid-80's.
This tune was played at the start
and finish of each transmission.
It was also played each time the
station returned to the air
they were raided by the authorities.
It also preceded the 'Captain's
News' each Sunday at 1.30pm (ish!!)
In the 1980's, Radio Dublin
broadcasting 24 hours a day so
'Boola Boola' was heard less
in International Waters off the
Dutch coast during the mid-1970's,
this 1970 recording "Man Of
Action" by the Les Reed Orchestra
(written by Les Reed himself) was
used to identify RNI. Its possibly
most famous for it's use in announcements
during, and after, the dramatic
1978 recording called "I Like
It" by George Doherty and John
Anderson, was made at Hydepark Studios
and performed by The
D.A. Band. It was released as
a single and used by Radio Dublin
during the late 70's. The female
vocals on this track is rumoured
to be that of Linda Martin, who
was lead singer with Irish pop group
'Chips' at the time.
Carousel - Alfasound Productions Jingle
Main Jingle Ident was used by Radio
Carousel Navan and Dundalk around
1980 -1983. The British company
who produced this jingle package
was Alfasound. The company broke
up after a long acrimonious legal
battle between the two directors.
The down side to this was that all
the Alfasound jingle masters were
locked away, never to see the light
of day. Some people think that the
master cuts were destroyed. However,
I have managed to find copy of the
Radio Carousel Alfasound Jingle
main ident - this is a very rare
recording - enjoy!
August 2004 I was asked if I would
be interested in joining the team
of a radio station called Premier
FM 94.9. The station, which broadcast
to the Dublin area using a Temporary
License granted by the Broadcasting
Commission Of Ireland, specialised
in playing oldies from 1960 to 1990.
I of course, said yes and "The
Classic Chart Countdown with Stereo
Steve" was born. The show ran
each Sunday afternoon from 2 to
5pm from September to December 2004.
This is a collection off-air of
some of the jingles used. Enjoy!
Luxembourg was undoubtedly THE most
unique radio station in Europe,
if not the World. It's a piece of
radio history and I am glad to say
that I had the pleasure of listening
Luxembourg 208 during my teenage
years. I was too young to remember
the "offshore Pirates"
of the 1960's, but young enough
to hear one of the greatest radio
stations that ever broadcast. It
was while listening to Radio Luxembourg
that I became aware of 'jingles'
- you know, those 10 to 20 second
sung tunes that tell you what radio
station you're listening to and
what frequency. I will never forget
Radio Luxembourg and here are some
jingle memories. Enjoy!
Back in 1979 - John
Paul was a DJ on the Dublin pirate
D Radio (or The BIG D as it
was known). John organised dance
competitions and ran discos in Dublin
city centre amongst other things.
One of his 'claims to fame' was
to release a record with the title
"Get Turned On To Big D".
Needless to say, the track was never
played on any other radio station,
except, of course, The Big D!
JAM Song" - Jam Creative Productions
- September 1985
wondered what those musical tunes
are, that tell
you what radio station you are listening
to and what frequency you are listening
on? Well, the answer is that these
are commonly called 'jingles' or
'radio idents'. In some countries
it is a legal requirement for radio
stations to play their 'ident' at
the top of the hour. Because of this
requirement, a number of companies
- mostly in the US - were set-up
with the specific intention of providing
radio stations with tailor-made 'idents'.
One of the biggest and well-known
names in the business of creating
radio jingles was a company called
Creative Productions. In the
mid-80's they decided to put together
a montage of radio jingles in the
form of a song - the result was:
The Jam Song! Sing-a-long