NSR 105

Summer 1992

The summer of 1992 belonged to NSR – the station was on air every evening and all weekend long with a thumping signal throughout Dublin. Our fellow pirates were suffering idealogical problems: DLR was focussing on Dun Laoghaire – even though they had a powerful signal; Coast were decidedly local, while Sunset was still caught between two stools – on Saturdays it was a rock station, on Sundays it was a dance station. Meanwhile, Radio Dublin had morphed into a sopherific mush of love songs and sponsored programmes; its owner, Eamon Cooke, and station manager, Joe Doyle, seemed to be more concerned with starting fights with us part-time stations than focussing on their primary mission. During the station’s weekly ‘Station News’ at 1m on Sunday afternoon, the owner and manager would snigger through a 30-minute broadcast of innuendo and suggestion, aimed at destabilising the friendly pirate radio industry. We never understood the reason, but Radio Dublin definitely did not want us all to get along – and there were no shortage of people willing to support them in this.

We took no heed to any of this. NSR was consistent and took care in its presentation, music and technical skills. Some of the jocks on NSR at this stage were Al Gibbs, Dirk Montage, Mike Ormond, Stephen Davitt, Al Graham, John McKensie, Brian Johnston, Barry Dunne, Pat Allen, Rob Davis, Justin Ling and others. The station was now on three frequencies – 105.1, 105.5 and 107.2.

At this time, the biggest shows on the station were Dirk Montage’s Saturday afternoon show, Al Gibbs’ Club Mix on Sunday afternoon, and JJ McKay’s Sunday night Extravaganza. The station had regular giveaways and there was more fun and enjoyment on air when we gave away a CD than when 98FM gave away £5,000.

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