NSR 105

Autumn 1992

In October 1992, the station lost its main mountain site as the owners could no longer afford to pay the rent of £100 per month. The station was funded by presenter donations of £2 per week (!) and there wasn’t enough to pay the high site rent. While it was seen as a temporary measure, a new mountain site was not found until the following summer – eight months is a long time in radio. Meanwhile, Sunset, Coast and DLR had all found mountain sites, and were growing from strength to strength. At this time, Brian Johnson withdrew from the station. Barry Dunne also left NSR and returned to Sunset. At this point, we also lost our ability to broadcast during the week and reverted to being a weekend-only station once again.

In autumn 1992, NSR tested a mountain site at Kilakee using its spare 107.2 transmitter. However, we unexpectedly found ourselves on the defensive against Radio Dublin who decided to set up a new station, Irish Music Radio, on the same channel, several days after we began to use the new site. Our signal on 107.2 FM was ‘jammed’ continually from Radio Dublin’s headquarters in Inchicore over a period of weeks, while the ‘Station News’ programme on Radio Dublin developed a ‘seige’ mentality – we were, apparently, more of a risk to ‘free speech’ than the Department of Communications!

This situation was very uncomfortable and continued for several months and caused much friction between the station and Radio Dublin. NSR neither sought nor encouraged any antagonism with Radio Dublin but eventually took legal steps to protect itself when Radio Dublin station owner, Eamon Cooke, made veiled arson threats against the station live on air.

Meanwhile, the station ran some brief tests on shortwave and MW in early 1993 from Blackrock. In addition, we bought a 150 watt transmitter from Ollie Downling from Jazz FM – putting this transmitter on air gave us a considerable boost from our Stillorgan site and, with the height at the location, we were once again getting a reasonable signal out – although not as good as we had had the previous Summer from Barnacullia.

At this time, ‘Against the Grain’ started on Friday evenings. Presented by John Joe O’ Reilly and Gareth Bond, the show was an alternative music show and was aired after The Decedant Dance Hall Dub Sesh at 9pm on Friday evenings. In addition, Greg Williams and Ray Goggins joined the station.

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