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Pirate radio phone box - Big beat radio

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  • Registered Users Posts: 600 ✭✭✭TheBMG


    Great article. Love the musical differences split too!

    Speaking of phone boxes ..

    I remember Radio Dublin in 1989 using a phone box in Inchicore fir their requests.

    Later on Sunset FM used one (twenty yards from the studio) for their shout outs. Sometimes a random local kid would answer the ringing phone, then knock into the studio to relay the request/message!



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,113 ✭✭✭Ger Roe


    Great article on the Big Beat phone box. I hope that the existence of the box and the station it served is commemorated in some way.

    Nice memory from Sunset too - I remember that phone box, you could see the station antenna from it, so not sure how effective using the phone box was in terms of keeping the location hidden.

    Spectrum FM and then early Phantom started out in the former Sunset studio (shed) and in the early days we tried to be as secretive as possible about the location on air. I once gave directions and the specific house address, over the phone, to a guest coming to the studio for an Anorak Hour one Sunday , but he lost the note he wrote down and forgot the details. He got off the 44 bus on the nearby Sandyford road and just asked a random passer by where the radio station was. He was then walked right to the shed door, in the back garden of the secret house location.

    We were obviously not as secretive as we thought.



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