NSR 105

Early 1992

In early 1992, one of the founders, Ronan Scanlan, left the station, while new presenters joined including Mark Murtagh, Mike McCoy and Ralph McGarry. Broadcasting hours at the station were from 7pm on Friday evening until 3am on Monday morning, with automated CD music during the week.

At this stage, NSR was one of several ‘unlicenced’ radio stations on air, operating on weekend only. While Radio Dublin broadcast 7 days per week, the four other regular pirate operations – DLR, Sunset, Coast – operated from South East Dublin at weekends only and were considered as ‘hobby pirates’.

Sunset Radio

As NSR 105 developed into Spring 1992, events at Sunset Radio were not going so well and there were ‘knock on’ effects for NSR. A split occurred in Sunset; the station had moved from Sandyford to Blackrock and had split into two stations, with one part of the team moving back to Sandyford as ‘Sunset Radio’ and the other remaining in Blackrock to form ‘Music Radio’. This indirectly benefited NSR when several former Sunset personnel joined NSR - Barry Dunne, Fintan O’ Hare, Pat Allen and Rob Davis. This was quite a coup for NSR at the time and the new presenters added to NSR’s burgeoning lineup. Best of all for NSR was that the ‘Sunsetters’ literally walked out of Sunset in Blackrock and came straight up to the NSR studio, leaving a tuner relaying NSR live on Sunset’s frequencies for almost 60 minutes. What must have been going through the mind of Sunset’s boss as he was trying to get back to the station to shut off the link?! Pat Allen originally presented a jazz programme but went on to present ‘The Decedant Dance Hall Dub Sesh’ on Friday evenings. Meanwhile, Barry Dunny and Rob Davis joined NSR’s day-time schedule. Fintan ‘O Hare stayed with the station for a number of weeks but ‘disappeared’ without trace.

Run by Brian Johnson, Music Radio continued on 105.5 FM for several weeks after the Sunset split and consisted of programmes featuring former Sunset Radio presenters and relays of NSR programming. While no mention of these programmes was aired on NSR, the owner was certainly monitoring these developments. Brian and Kevin were already acqainted and the two decided to join forces in April 1992. At this stage, NSR became known as NSR Music Radio and broadcast on 105.1 and 105.5. The station also bought a new 25 watt transmitter and placed this on the main 105.1 frequency along with new studio equipment.

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