NSR 105

Dec 1993 - The End

Accordingly, NSR closed down on December 12th 1993 at 6pm. The previous evening, the station had broadcast ‘The Insult Line’ – what was suppposed to be a spoof on the late night talk shows around at the time turned into a melee in which callers were literally lining up to be abused by the presenters.

Immediately afterward, the NSR transmitters continued to relay Alan Hunter’s Radio City until payment began to become an issue in the run up to Christmas. The station’s transmitters, then on 105.3 and 107.2 remained blank for the remainder of the year until, in January, they began to relay Coast 103. The station had come to an arrangement with Pete Reed to swap frequencies – Coast would move from 103.2 to 105.3 and and 103.2 fwould now be used for a new station that had been in the planning for months – Kiss 103.

After the frequency move, Coast broadcast from NSR’s old mountain site, now on 105.3, while Coast was relayed on 103.2 using a 30-watt transmitter from Stillorgan. The relay on 103.2 continued until the evening of February 12th 1994, when a powerful transmitter appeared on the frequency. Even though it was a blank carrier, such was its strength that the 30-watt transmitter from Stillorgan was all but unlistenable in Stillorgan village. Considering that NSR had started using 10 watts from the same location, this was a sign that the stakes had been raised in the Dublin pirate scene.

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