NSR 105

NSR Music Radio

The combining of resources of NSR and Music Radio meant a lot for the station and within weeks, weekday programmes began, with the station operating live Monday to Friday from 6pm, and all weekend long. Another pivotal event was the renting of a ‘mountain site’ in May 1992. This was a site that had been used CAU FM and Hope FM in the 1980s, and the site owner still had the two Sherman antennae that had been used by them – he told us that he had seized these after Hope left an unpaid bill in 1988! Using these two superb antennae, NSR’s signal on 105.1 now travelled excellently throughout the majority of the city and into Co. Meath and beyond.

NSR was the first ‘post-88’ pirate to broadcast from the Dublin mountains and soon other pirates were clamouring to get mountain sites themselves. It meant new ground for the station – instead of covering the loose areas of Stillorgan, Blackrock and Foxrock, the station now covered Dublin city and county. At the time, this was a huge development. One presenter, Roxanne Redmond, has told the story of coming back from Galway on the bus and accidently tuning in a strong signal on her Walkman at Enfield and realising that she was listening to NSR – and other people were listening to it on the bus too! There was great camaraderie amongst the station personnel at this time, resulting in many ‘nights out’ where the problems in the radio industry were ‘solved’ over a few drinks!

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