NSR 105

Early 1993

In 1993, NSR took part in a small way with a charity effort taken by Joe Doyle of Radio Dublin. Joe succesfully raised funds and awareness for cot death syndrome by broadcasting for a large number of hours live on air. Our part was to pick up the Radio Dublin signal and relay it on to the other pirate operators on the south side of Dublin to give the event as much coverage as possible. This was one of the few occasions that there was any unity between the pirates of the early 90s.

At this time, Al Hughes joined us from DLR. Al sounded good on air and had joined us after he had had a row with the DLR guys. Also this month, Roxanne Redmond did a brief stint on Sunset and then came back to NSR. Meanwhile, Brian Johnston left the station at this time and the station reverted to being called NSR 105, having dropped the ‘Music Radio’ tag. Barry Dunne returned from Sunset Radio for a short period and presented the breakfast programmes between 8am and 12noon on Saturday and Sunday until he returned, once again, to Sunset in April 1993.

Around this time, we attended a meeting organised by Radio Activ, a collective that was operating a rather dubious radio station in the city centre. The idea behind the meeting was to form an alliance of the pirate operators in Dublin – there had been rumblings that the Government were gong to take action against the pirates. While we were interested in forming mutually benefical bonds, we had no interest whatsover in merging with anybody else – this was a view commonly held amongst the attendees. The suggestion was made that we all merge to form one radio station and that this be relayed using the transmitters currently on air. I think that the larger stations like DLR and Radio Dublin envisaged this as a way of adding new relay stations to their own radio stations. There was plenty of swaggering from John Daly from DLR – I think his vision was that we would all do programmes on his station and that he would accommodate this for the good of radio.

At this meeting, it was obvious that the pirates of the 1990s would never get along. One of the Radio Activ owners suggested that we find where the Department of Communications kept the equipment they seized - and reverse the surprise by 'raiding' them. A few of us exchanged nervous looks at that suggestion! In the end, Radio Dublin and DLR did come to an arrangement of sorts, relaying each other's programmes but this only lasted for a few weeks. This was another of the few attempts at unity amongst the pirates of the early 1990s.

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