It was a time of magic. When, for a single glorious decade, imagination triumphed over commercial reality. Pirate radio station DJs compiled playlists based purely on their love for the music; broadcast studios were in old caravans; stars adapted exotic-sounding names to woo listeners; outside broadcast units were invariably the back seats of old Ford Cortinas or Opel Asconas and every DJ lived in mortal terror that the Gardai might arrive to shut their station down or, worse still, confiscate their precious private record collections.
This is the story of pirate radio in Cork, as told by the main players involved. Amongst the many familiar voices are John Creedon, Neil Prendeville, Trevor Welch, Mark Cagney, Paul Byrne, Derry O’Callaghan, Ken Tobin and PJ Coogan. Without exception, every single DJ that contributed to this book admitted they had never before, or since, experienced the sheer joy of working in the Cork pirate stations of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Trevor Welch is an award-wining sports broadcaster. A native of Togher, he began his career on pirate radio with Radio Caroline and SouthCoast.
Noel Welch, who grew up in Togher, has spent the past forty-two years working in the media, in print, radio and TV, primarily with The Evening Echo/The Cork Examiner.
Ralph Riegal is the southern correspondent for Independent Newspapers, Irelands biggest newspaper group, covering the region for the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and Evening Herald.