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  • 28-02-2011 10:59pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 72,611 ✭✭✭✭


    Anybody remember John Kenny's rock/metal show on 2FM?

    Used to broadcast on a Sunday night around 1997/8, using 'Paranoid' and 'Whole Lotta Rosie' as jingles/intros.

    Found the webpage on 2FM's old website via archive.org:-

    http://web.archive.org/web/19981205155546/http://www.2fm.ie/

    I found a shoebox of old cassettes the other day with parts of his show that I'd taped. Much better than 'The Battle Axe' - played really heavy stuff too (Slayer, Deicide, etc.)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,701 ✭✭✭Sids Not


    No...but i do remember "John Kenny's New Wave Rave"...........i'm old...:(


  • Registered Users Posts: 584 ✭✭✭kmurph


    I do remember that show very well, although I always preferred Peter Collins 12'' show on Saturday nights.

    It was Peter Collins wasn't it, the guy that does or used to do sports stuff on RTE tv.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,068 ✭✭✭Bodhisopha


    I remember it well. I liked him on the radio, he still reports on the futbol.


  • Registered Users Posts: 294 ✭✭Kieran81


    metallers today dont realise how good they have it , when that show was on there was no internet to speak of , as a teenager growin up 8-10 on a sunday night was the only place to here metal and the amount of bands i got introduced to thanks to jk was massive , great show


  • Registered Users Posts: 902 ✭✭✭twinklerunner


    This is pretty close but any help filling in the ??'s would be appreciated :cool:

    Monday to Friday


    6.30am Declan Meehan's Breakfast Show
    9.30 Vincent Hanley
    12.00pm Larry Gogan
    2.00 Sponsored Programmes
    2.30 Ronan Collins
    5.00 Whelan Home
    with Marty Whelan
    7.00 – 10.00 Varied
    10.00 Night Moves
    with Jimmy Greeley (Mon-Thurs)
    with Mark Cagney (Fri)
    12.00am Dave Fanning
    1.50 Close


    Saturday


    6.30am Paul Blanchfield
    9.00 Poparama
    with Ruth Buchanan and Geoff Harris
    11.00 Saturday Scene
    with Gerry Ryan
    2.00pm Sponsored Programmes
    2.30 The Outside Track
    with Pat Kenny
    6.00 Country & Irish (?)
    with Arthur Murphy
    8.00 Saturday Folk (?)
    with Pat Butler & Marian Richardson
    10.00 Night Moves
    with Mark Cagney
    12.00am Midnight Blue
    with Jim O'Neill
    1.50 Close


    Sunday


    6.30am Paul Blanchfield
    9.00 Poparama
    with Ruth Buchanan and Geoff Harris
    11.00 Ireland's Choice
    with Val Joyce
    2.00pm Ireland's Top 30
    with Larry Gogan
    4.00 Sunday Album
    with Pat Kenny
    6.00 Six O'Clock Rock
    with Brendan Balfe
    8.00 ??
    9.00 In Concert
    10.00 Night Moves
    with Mark Cagney
    12.00am Midnight Blue
    with Jim O'Neill
    1.50 Close


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 83 ✭✭Donahg


    By any change do you know the RTE Radio one line up from that time ?


  • Registered Users Posts: 902 ✭✭✭twinklerunner


    Donahg wrote: »
    By any change do you know the RTE Radio one line up from that time ?

    I'll have to think about that one


  • Registered Users Posts: 535 ✭✭✭bob50


    This is pretty close but any help filling in the ??'s would be appreciated :cool:

    Monday to Friday


    6.30am Declan Meehan's Breakfast Show
    9.30 Vincent Hanley
    12.00pm Larry Gogan
    2.00 Sponsored Programmes
    2.30 Ronan Collins
    5.00 Whelan Home
    with Marty Whelan
    7.00 – 10.00 Varied
    10.00 Night Moves
    with Jimmy Greeley (Mon-Thurs)
    with Mark Cagney (Fri)
    12.00am Dave Fanning


    1.50 Close


    Saturday


    6.30am Paul Blanchfield
    9.00 Poparama
    with Ruth Buchanan and Geoff Harris
    11.00 Saturday Scene
    with Gerry Ryan
    2.00pm Sponsored Programmes
    2.30 The Outside Track
    with Pat Kenny
    6.00 Country & Irish (?)
    with Arthur Murphy
    8.00 Saturday Folk (?)
    with Pat Butler
    10.00 Night Moves
    with Mark Cagney
    12.00am Midnight Blue
    with Jim O'Neill
    1.50 Close


    Sunday


    6.30am Paul Blanchfield
    9.00 Poparama
    with Ruth Buchanan and Geoff Harris
    11.00 Ireland's Choice
    with Val Joyce
    2.00pm Ireland's Top 30
    with Larry Gogan
    4.00 Sunday Album
    with Pat Kenny
    6.00 Six O'Clock Rock
    with Brendan Balfe
    8.00 ??
    10.00 Night Moves
    with Mark Cagney
    12.00am Midnight Blue
    with Jim O'Neill
    1.50 Close



    Briliant Thread

    I do indeed remember Brendan Balfe starting up the station at lunchtime on that day in may '79 I think it was followed by Larry Gogans prog.

    I always to this day remember Declan Meehan doing the breakfast show I tought he was great with his posh voice. Mind you he didnt last long at rte

    I used to always listen to radio 2 from start up to about early '82 when i switched over to radio nova their music was much better

    I always tought Ronan Collinss was mispalced at rte radio 2 i think he moved over to rte in 84 / 85 very bland dj imo.

    i dont recall Pat kenny on radio 2 i could be wrong


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,978 ✭✭✭✭mike65


    Kenny did The Outside Track which was all album cuts. All album music show on 2FM in the afternoon crazy thought!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,363 ✭✭✭washiskin


    I often wonder where Vincent Hanley would be these days had he lived.
    He and Jim O'Neill were my favouites back in the day.

    I remember being at some sort of exhibition or show in Simmonscourt with my Mam YEARS ago and Radio 2 had a booth in the Lecture Hall broadcasting through the day. All the DJ's got mobbed for autographs and had these little photos/postcards that they would sign and hand out. I only remember one of them being a tad unfriendly, the rest were pure gents.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 858 ✭✭✭thejuggler


    Thanks to the OP for the schedule from all those years ago.
    Wasn't the late night show called Night Train? I think there was also a show called Lights Out presented by the late Gerry Ryan if I'm not mistaken but these may have come later (early 80s perhaps)


  • Registered Users Posts: 858 ✭✭✭thejuggler


    washiskin wrote: »
    I remember being at some sort of exhibition or show in Simmonscourt with my Mam YEARS ago and Radio 2 had a booth in the Lecture Hall broadcasting through the day. All the DJ's got mobbed for autographs and had these little photos/postcards that they would sign and hand out. I only remember one of them being a tad unfriendly, the rest were pure gents.

    They were treated like rock stars for many years - remember the success of the Beat on the Street gigs right up to the late 90s. Gerry Ryan mentioned this in his autobigraphy. The chosen few DJs had a national platform to communicate to the younger generation of people on an island which was starved of popular colture at the time.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,293 ✭✭✭Fuzzy Clam


    A lot of moving people about in the schedule back then.
    My 1981 copy has Jim O'Neill @ 2.30 weekdays. Jimmy and Marty had swapped places and Ronan was on breakfast.
    Saturday Folk was on Sunday and Arthur Murphy was presenting Soundcheck on Fri night @ 8.
    Declan had been doing Nightmoves at some stage but isn't in this schedule so I guess he had moved on to Sunshine by then.

    This is taken from the '81 annual so not sure how accurate it is.

    Hard to imagine now but national and local newspapers/mags actually used to publish pirate radio schedules back then too.:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 902 ✭✭✭twinklerunner


    thejuggler wrote: »
    Thanks to the OP for the schedule from all those years ago.
    Wasn't the late night show called Night Train? I think there was also a show called Lights Out presented by the late Gerry Ryan if I'm not mistaken but these may have come later (early 80s perhaps)

    That's correct but those shows came along a little bit later. The original schedule above only last a few months as Declan Meehan moved to Night Moves, Marty Whelan moved to the Breakfast Show, Jim O'Neill moved to Drivetime, Jimmy Greeley moved to Poparama, Radio Graffiti and Classical Greeley, as well as other changes !


  • Registered Users Posts: 902 ✭✭✭twinklerunner


    Donahg wrote: »
    By any change do you know the RTE Radio one line up from that time ?

    Something like this:
    Mon - Fri
    6.30 am Morning Call with Valerie McGovern
    9.00 ?
    10.00 The Gay Byrne Hour
    11.00 Day By Day with John Bowman
    12.00pm The Liam Nolan Serendipity Show
    1.30 News
    2.00 Sponsored Programmes
    3.00 Highways & Byways with Donncha O'Dulaing
    4.00 Mike Murphy ??
    5.00 Music On The Move
    I could be wrong on this .. my memory on R1 is very sketchy I'm afraid ..


  • Registered Users Posts: 535 ✭✭✭bob50


    Something like this:
    Mon - Fri
    6.30 am Morning Call with Valerie McGovern
    9.00 ?
    10.00 The Gay Byrne Hour
    11.00 Day By Day with John Bowman
    12.00pm The Liam Nolan Serendipity Show
    1.30 News
    2.00 ??
    3.00 Highways & Byways with Donnacha O'Dualing
    4.00 Mike Murphy ??
    5.00 Music On The Move
    I could be wrong on this .. my memory on R1 is very sketchy I'm afraid ..


    Hi Twinlerunner

    Ah yes i remember Valerie Mcgovern on in the morning

    On the Liam Nolan Hour i do remember at some time in the 80s his show was on from 11 am to 12.45 pm the english used to joke about about a hour long radio show going on for nearly 2 hrs

    News at 1.30 used to be presented by Shane Kenny in the 80s not sure who it was before him

    Music on the move used to be presented by Larry Gogan before he moved over to the new radio 2

    Also during the afternoon there were a lot of sponorsed progs i.e Dear Frankie sponsered by Jacobs There was also the Glen Abbey show dont know who was on it.

    Didnt Mike Murphy take over the early morning show from Valerie McGovern

    Sorry for been all over the place on this

    Great post you have done here Brining it all back to me


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,530 ✭✭✭ford fiesta


    The events that Gerry Ryan refers to in his autobiography are when himself, Mark Cagney and Dave Fanning used to do personal appearances in night clubs around the country to mainly publicise the Radio 2 night time schedule around 1985-88. They may have appeared at local outdoor festivals also.

    I may be open to correction but, I don't think Gerry Ryan performed at any outdoor 'Beat on the Streets' that were really huge for 2FM in the early-mid 90's, in cities (on Westmoreland Street, Dublin..Carrigrohane Straight, Cork), big town festivals and the likes (Rose of Tralee, Ballina festival etc).

    This may be an oversight on his part when writing his book.
    His talk show was well established by late 80's/early 90's and he was no longer a music 'jock' and he would always dis-associate himself from this stuff anyway.

    These 'Beats' drew crowds of 30,000+ and would have featured Electric Eddie, Tony Fenton, John Kenny, Barry Lang, Mike Ryan (Gerrys brother) etc etc and whatever Irish up and coming pop acts were on the scene.


  • Registered Users Posts: 320 ✭✭redtelephone


    Something like this:
    Mon - Fri
    6.30 am Morning Call with Valerie McGovern
    9.00 ?
    10.00 The Gay Byrne Hour
    11.00 Day By Day with John Bowman
    12.00pm The Liam Nolan Serendipity Show
    1.30 News
    2.00 Sponsored Programmes
    3.00 Highways & Byways with Donncha O'Dulaing
    4.00 Mike Murphy ??
    5.00 Music On The Move
    I could be wrong on this .. my memory on R1 is very sketchy I'm afraid ..

    The 09.00 - 10.00 slot was a music request programme. I remember Maire de Barra presented on Wednesdays but I'm not sure who presented on the other days.

    I think that by the late 70s the sponsored programmes were only between 1.00 and 1.30 but I could be mistaken.

    At 2.00 p.m. Marian Finucane presented Women Today. She got a Jacob's Award for it in 1979.

    I think there were Children's Programmes from 4.00 p.m. I remember "Knock at the Door", "Young Musician of the Future" etc.

    Morgan O'Sullivan presented Late Date from 11.00 p.m. also getting a Jacob's Award in 1979.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,363 ✭✭✭washiskin


    Wasn't Harbour Hotel on at around lunchtime? Followed by either the news or The Glen Abbey Show? I'm trying to remember - what stands out to me is the morning I heard John Lennon was dead on the news - Radio One Newsreaders were very sombre/serious those days.


  • Registered Users Posts: 736 ✭✭✭Big Tone


    What a great variety of programmes back then, that's exactly the way I remember it before the station decended into absolute mediocrity.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 780 ✭✭✭craoltoir


    6.30 News & Weather
    6.33 The Living Word
    6.36 Early On
    7.00 News Headlines
    7.01 Morning Call
    9.00 News
    9.15 Austin Gaffney Presents
    9.56 Fish Market Report
    10.00 News
    10.02 Gay Byrne Show
    11.30 Viewpoint
    12.30 Nuacht
    12.33 The Liam Nolan Serendipity Show
    (1.00 News, 1.01 Harbour Hotel)
    1.30 News
    2.00 Women Today
    2.30 Sponsored
    3.00 Headlines
    3.03 Knock-at-the-door
    3.20 Highways & Byways
    4.00 Nuacht
    4.01 The Church in Action:Sr. Briege McKenna talks to Andy O’Mahony
    4.30 The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Radio Drama)
    5.00 News Headlines
    5.01 Slán abhaile
    5.55 Sportsnews
    6.00 Angelus
    6.01 Nuacht
    6.06 The Riordans
    6.20 Farm Diary
    6.30 News
    7.02 Hay Fever by Noel Coward (drama)
    8.30 Nuacht
    8.45 Looking South
    9.15 Discovery
    9.45 Tabhair dom do Lámh
    10.00 News
    10.15 Sportsnews
    10.20 Today in the Dáil
    10.30 Your Choice and Mine
    11.00 News
    11.01 Morgan O’Sullivans Late Date
    11.55 Weather


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,962 ✭✭✭Greenman


    Something like this:
    Mon - Fri
    6.30 am Morning Call with Valerie McGovern
    9.00 ?
    ..


    Theres a woman I loved listening to, where is she now?

    I think Mike Murphy was on between 7:30 and 9? with his rotten records. "Yowza yowza yowza"
    washiskin wrote: »
    Wasn't Harbour Hotel on at around lunchtime?

    Running home from school and then Harbour Hotel it was a must for me with Mrs Doyle and Gabriel, then it was straight in to watch Crown Court with my mug of coffee and cheese on toast with onions.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,431 ✭✭✭cml387


    Some RTE sponsored programs in the afternoons that I remember:

    Berni Mastervision (TV rentals) presented by Brendan Balfe
    Glen Abbey presented by Frank Kelly (yes,really).
    Imco presented by Gay Byrne


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,023 ✭✭✭Brian CivilEng


    If you want to check old schedules for radio or tv The Irish Times archive is great. My local library has a subscription, just bring your laptop and use the wifi, you can then access the archive.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,023 ✭✭✭Brian CivilEng


    I took at look at the Irish Times for 17th September 1979 and 22nd September 1979 and updated the Radio 2 schedule as highlighted below.

    Saturday


    6.30am Paul Blanchfield
    9.00 Poparama
    with Ruth Buchanan and Geoff Harris
    11.00 Saturday Scene
    with Gerry Ryan
    2.00pm Sponsored Programmes
    2.30 The Outside Track
    with Pat Kenny
    6.00 Irish Country Time
    with Arthur Murphy
    8.00 Saturday Folk
    with Pat Butler & Marian Richardson
    10.00 Night Moves
    with Mark Cagney
    12.00am Midnight Blue
    with Jim O'Neill
    1.50 Close


    Sunday


    6.30am Paul Blanchfield
    incl 8:00am - 8:15am Sounds Religious
    9.00 Poparama
    with Ruth Buchanan and Geoff Harris
    11.00 Ireland's Choice
    with Val Joyce
    2.00pm Ireland's Top 30
    with Larry Gogan
    4.00 Sunday Album
    with Pat Kenny (on 22/09/79 this was The Elton John Story)
    5.00 Five O'Clock Rock
    with Brendan Balfe
    7.00 Anonn's Anall
    9.00 Eurovision Pop Jury
    10.00 Night Moves
    with Mark Cagney
    12.00am Midnight Blue
    with Jim O'Neill
    1.50 Close


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 88,978 ✭✭✭✭mike65


    craoltoir, interesting list.

    Does anyone remember what the following programmes were though?

    7.01 Morning Call
    9.15 Austin Gaffney Presents
    11.30 Viewpoint
    12.33 The Liam Nolan Serendipity Show
    2.00 Women Today
    3.03 Knock-at-the-door
    3.20 Highways & Byways
    5.01 Slán abhaile
    9.15 Discovery

    They suggest a diversity sadly lacking in RTE today.


  • Registered Users Posts: 902 ✭✭✭twinklerunner


    I took at look at the Irish Times for 17th September 1979 and 22nd September 1979 and updated the Radio 2 schedule as highlighted below.

    Thanks for that .. my memory obviously isn't as good as I think it is :D Pat Kenny's Sunday Album show must have been part of the changes in Autumn 1979.


  • Registered Users Posts: 902 ✭✭✭twinklerunner


    mike65 wrote: »
    craoltoir, interesting list.

    Does anyone remember what the following programmes were though?

    7.01 Morning Call - MUSIC, NEWS, SAYS IN THE PAPERS
    9.15 Austin Gaffney Presents
    11.30 Viewpoint - CURRENT AFFAIRS
    12.33 The Liam Nolan Serendipity Show - MUSIC, 'INTELLIGENT' CONVERSATION !
    2.00 Women Today - TALK SHOW FOR 'THE LADIES' PRESENTED BY MARIAN FINUCANE
    3.03 Knock-at-the-door - CHILDREN'S PROGRAMME
    3.20 Highways & Byways - DONNACHA O'DUALING TRAVELLED THE COUNTRY SPEAKING WITH LOCALS
    5.01 Slán abhaile
    9.15 Discovery

    They suggest a diversity sadly lacking in RTE today.

    The ones I remember are in CAPS above. The schedule was certainly more varied than it is today.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,431 ✭✭✭cml387


    On the other hand I remember Highways and Byways being as bad as it sounds.
    They weren't all classics,believe me.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,717 ✭✭✭GSF


    cml387 wrote: »
    On the other hand I remember Highways and Byways being as bad as it sounds.
    They weren't all classics,believe me.
    It was all middle of the road music, forced cheerful "banter" and nothing contentious apart from Gaybo


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