That’s Pirate Radio Part 9 – Nova Northside

June 15, 2007 at 11:42 pm 4 comments

In the early 1980s, Nova Northside appeared briefly, offering special ad rates to local traders. Word quickly spread that it was actually the legendary Doctor Don Moore, re-broadcasting Nova on another frequency and replacing their ads with his own. As Nova itself was illegal, they could do nothing about it. >>>

Other Dublin Pirates

There were many other Dublin pirates during the late seventies and early eighties.

  • Chris Barry started out on Capitol Radio.
  • Colm Hayes started out on KELO in Swords.
  • Radio City broadcast from somewhere near the quays.
  • Treble TR played mostly country music and oldies.
  • Radio Dublin started broadcasting on two channels.
  • Southside Radio broadcast from Bray.
  • East Coast Radio broadcast from Crumlin.

Festival Radio

From 1982 to 1985 I worked on a new station, providing very local radio for community festivals. We ran stations in Ringsend from a shop, Sandymount from various houses, Donnybrook from a garage almost in the shadow of the RTE mast, Wicklow Regatta from above a record shop, and Glasnevin North from my parent’s house, a community centre and a caravan.

The Community Broadcasting Cooperative was the brainchild of A.R.D. technical guru Dave Reddy, and DJs included ‘Big Al’ O’Rourke who travelled everywhere with a giant six-foot toothbrush, Charlie Sheehan, David Baker, Brian Lambert, Aidan Leonard, Gregg Merriman, Victor Ryan and Aidan Cooney.

We typically broadcast for a fortnight before a community week, then for the duration of the festival itself. It was the ultimate in local radio: we had no listeners outside the locality and, as Ger Roe commented on an earlier post, we were sometimes speaking into microphones taped onto brush handles, but within the local community, every radio set was tuned in to our station all day.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kenneth O'Reilly  |  September 27, 2007 at 1:57 am

    Hi, see the mention of Ger roe, wondering is this gerard roe that did the radio anoraks program on radio Dublin (Ch2 possibly) back in the mid 80’s ? If it is mail me please, okenora@hotmail.com I would have been a compatriot of yours in those days and would like to catch up and re-live (or is it remember) a few memories 🙂

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  • 2. Kenneth O'Reilly  |  September 27, 2007 at 1:59 am

    For got to mention, very good article, but can’t read the next section :/ Bad url for the 1983 raids bit. I was in the Ch2 studio of Radio Dublin the morning they got raided in ’83

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  • 3. Michael Nugent  |  September 27, 2007 at 3:03 am

    Thanks for that Kenneth – I’ve fixed the link. And I’ve forwarded your message to Ger Roe.

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  • 4. Big AL  |  November 29, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    Great thing your blog, Mick. Go on, tell them about the spaghetti-eating contest for Wicklow Regatta Rayjoe and how it ended up with us doing a Laurel and Hardy (not Hugh Hardy) slapstick. Lots more, but I’m keeping it for my next book that may also include the naughty bits.

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I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohemians football club in the 1970s.

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