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Posted by steve on June 9, 2001, 7:25 pm

what are the following ex-nrg djs up to now tony mckenzie , pat courtney , john o'hara are they still broadcasting and if so what station and are they available on the net

Responses: Re: energy Bob Gallico June 9, 2001, 11:35 pm Energy 103 George Long June 9, 2001, 11:00 pm Re: Energy 103 Derek Flood June 10, 2001, 1:00 pm Re: Energy 103 Sean Brady June 9, 2001, 11:32 pm Re: Energy 103 Starsick June 10, 2001, 11:44 pm

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Posted by Bob Gallico on June 9, 2001, 11:35 pm , in reply to "energy"

Bob Gallico joined the French Foreign Legion after the close of Energy , under the assumption that it was a branch of the Legion of Mary. He resigned two days later. He then attempted to join the Salvation Army but was rejected due to flat feet. Following a year as a hermit in the Outer Hebrides, he returned to Ireland to close down Cantury Radio. Two years later he succeeded. Since then he has lived on his wits- nearly starving in the process, and takes the odd job on the wireless, playing gramaphone records.

Posted by George Long on June 9, 2001, 11:00 pm , in reply to "energy"

Hi Steve, Well, now thats a good question. Teena Gates, newsreader, is now with 98fm. Tony is in the UK to the best of my knowledge. Gary Hamill has his own voiceover production company in Dublin. I think John O'Hara went on to do what he was studying at the time, law. Pat Courtney was still working in radio in Ireland, but I think recently went home to NZ. Dave Johnson (Andrew Hanlon) is now head of news at TV3, a third independent TV station in Ireland which is desperately trying to be much more "chic" than RTE, but which is failing because there simple is not enough money in Ireland to support a third TV station. If anyone knows better, please add to this - I am not exactly in the best position to inform about these people! Alot of people tend to forget about Energy 103 as it was at the tail end of Radio Nova - but Energy 103 was quite different - and had it's own style. I think many people underestimate just how powerful Energy was. We were kicking the ass out of Q102 although at the time, it didn't look that way because of Q102's high profile - the bottom line is, when you went down Grafton street, the music in the shops was not Q, it was Energy. That went on for a long time.

Posted by Derek Flood on June 10, 2001, 1:00 pm , in reply to "Energy 103"

Derek Flood (Me) - Ex PD of B97 Chiltern FM (GWR Group, England), RTE One TV Continuity Announcer (Ireland) and Swing Presenter @ The New Atlantic 252 (UK and Ireland). Married to Fiona with two children: Emma (4) + Laura (5 weeks) and living in Dundalk !!!!!!!!!. Tony McKenzie - PD of Metro/Magic (England). John O'Hara - Ex PD of 96.3 Aire FM (England) CEO of The New Atlantic 252 (UK and Ireland). Gareth O'Callaghan - Presenter @ 2FM (Ireland). Bob Gallico - Presenter @ East Coast Radio (Ireland). Teena Gates - Newsreader @ 98fm (Ireland). Colm Hayes - PD @ FM104 (Ireland). Noel Collins (Noel Fogarty) - Newsreader @ INN (Ireland). Alan Burns (David Andrews) - Presenter @ Capital Gold (England). Liam Quigley - Presenter @ Lite FM (Ireland). Gerry Stevens - Presenter @ 98FM (Ireland). Liam Coburn - Presenter @ Northsound One (Scotland). Pat Courtney - Presenter in New Zealand ??? Tony Allen - Living in England and always a friend and inspiration to me. Chris/Sybil Carey - As per Tony Allen.

Posted by Sean Brady on June 9, 2001, 11:32 pm , in reply to "Energy 103"

Take a look at All comments are welcome.


Re: Energy 103

Posted by Starsick on June 10, 2001, 11:44 pm , in reply to "Re: Energy 103"

Pat left 98FM in 1997 - hes back in New Zealand working on radio over there.




Energy 103 Posted by Sean Brady on June 9, 2001, 11:38 pm

Please access and see what you think.

Responses: Re: Energy 103 Enda Caldwell June 12, 2001, 12:49 am Re: Energy 103 George L June 11, 2001, 12:48 am

Re: Energy 103

Posted by Enda Caldwell on June 12, 2001, 12:49 am , in reply to "Energy 103"

Great site Sean,Fair play 2 ya,"thanks 4 the memories" .. Hill St. Blues theme....


Re: Energy 103

Posted by George L on June 11, 2001, 12:48 am , in reply to "Energy 103"

Ah! It works now! Cool pic of the building there folks...



Posted by Kid in Shortpants! on June 12, 2001, 12:54 am

Happy Birthday N-O-V-A! June 12th 1981 - am I correct in saying this Chris? Either way it's ALL GOOD!





Posted by JON1 on June 12, 2001, 10:41 am

Was Energy --NOVA all along and did NRG stand for Nova Re-Generated.What was the real connection.Answers please.



Posted by Stan J on June 12, 2001, 10:37 pm , in reply to "NOVA+ENERGY 103"

Energy (NRG) was a second FM outlet servicing greater Dublin. I think it was the successor to Magic 103.


Sunshine 101

Posted by ROBBIE on June 13, 2001, 12:07 am

Hi every one have you all forgotten me, Robbie

Re: Sunshine 101

Posted by George L on June 13, 2001, 12:30 pm , in reply to "Sunshine 101"

Is this the Robbie Dale from Sunshine 101? Please excuse my ignorance if this is obvious..! Gee, but I tried to get on that radio station for years without success. I think it might have been something to do with being a "southsider". After all, radio Nova WAS on the Southside!!

Re: Well that told him

Posted by Ex Sunshine jock on June 15, 2001, 4:19 pm , in reply to "Re: Well that told him"

Sure did! I've gone off with my tail between my legs. Maybe I'll join the rest of you whinging saddos at the Grattan and b###h about how bad Irish radio is lol. P.S I'm actually from Blackrock - which, last time I checked was actually on the southside.

Re: Sunshine 101

Posted by Stan J on June 13, 2001, 11:06 am , in reply to "Sunshine 101"

Solamente satisfecho le una vez... en el Sunshine Closedown... aunque conozco a Andy Ruane y Phil Hilton bastante bien. Vine lejos a partir de esa noche con algunas fotos mucho el igual que mis memorias de la ocasión... enmascarada con imágenes dobles. (comprado un sweatshirt de Stella... lo desgastaba una vez el otro día que erraba alrededor de las calles de Brisbane). Se contrae... o es él cerveza-destripa que ha aparecido repentinamente? Probablemente el último. Sus miradas del lugar del parque de San Francisco similares a muchos de los recursos abouts aquí en la costa de la sol (nombrada después de que un de radio me coloque piensa) me dejaron cotizar de una canción y de una opinión de Abba "Thank you for the Music". Sanish fresco eh... coutesy de programa de la traducción de Alta Vista.


Posted by George L. on June 14, 2001, 3:40 pm , in reply to "Re: Quien es Phil Hilton?"

Enough, already! If you keep this up I will put it in Japanese! And that could take up two pages. Stan, It was great talking to you in QLD. We will go to queensland when we get back from the states, and have that drink in a little durty hotel down by the river. By the way, if anyone knows who can put me up in San Fran, that would be cool, I am being given terrible stories, like you can't smoke in pubs!!!! (okay, I should not be smoking and all that, but...but..but..just one more???




Sunshine Radio

Posted by Sunshine Radio on June 13, 2001, 10:41 pm

Come on every one, Sunshine wasent all that bad, remember Chris did set it up, then he left and set up a real radio station. What was the first station you all listened to on FM. NOVA. Because nobody ever listened to FM before that. Come back Chris


Re: Chris in Sunshine Radio Sweatshirt !!! Jason Dee July 13, 2001, 3:07 am




Re: Chris in Sunshine Radio Sweatshirt !!! Posted by Stan J on June 14, 2001, 8:12 am , in reply to "Sunshine Radio"

The other day I came across a Photo of Chris Cary wearing a Sunshine Radio sweat shirt. Along with Tony Allan, Peter Madison, Decal Meeham, Tom Hardy and some dude who had a passing resemblance to Slade's Noddy Holder. (El Admiral) Want to see the Photo? ... check out Peter Mulryan's book Radio Radio.

Re: Chris in Sunshine Radio Sweatshirt !!!

Posted by chris on June 21, 2001, 8:33 pm , in reply to "Re: Chris in Sunshine Radio Sweatshirt !!!"

it was the only thing i had clean



Where's Doris ????

Posted by Concerned From Lower Dicker on June 18, 2001, 5:46 pm

We haven't read his wonderful, witty, and irreverent comments recently..........,


Re: Where's Doris ????

Posted by Tony Currie on June 19, 2001, 11:01 am , in reply to "Where's Doris ???? "

I can tell you that last Monday she was on board the MEBO III (aka LV18 off Harwich) presenting an hour long show on Radio Northsea International.... and I can tell you, Doris was in fine form sounding just as good as ever, although Tony's romantic claims to have been blonde at the age of 12 are disputed by those who remember the young Allan. We discussed the once blonde locks of one Spangles Muldoon on air and generally had a laugh over shepherds pie down in the galley. No doubt Doris will present her own account in due course.



Posted by Concerned From Lower Dicker on June 20, 2001, 6:34 pm , in reply to "Re: Where's Doris ???? "

Did you give her a return bus fare back home, some sandwiches, a soft drink and then wave her off goodbye as she got on the bus and hope to see her again very soon ???.




Posted by Ronan Devitt on June 18, 2001, 5:59 pm

Just like to say it is sooo good looking up all the web pages about the pirates in the 8os and how well people r gettin on today.I myself am a Dj on Dublin Station Energy94.I can hardly remember the 80s cause i was born in 77 and was a bit young to be listening to the radio all day,but everybody did a good job,and now younger people r trying to follow in youre footsteps. Youre the inspiration for a new generation of DJS.




leaving australia

Posted by George Long on June 19, 2001, 4:39 am

Hi gang, I am heading for Hong Kong today and will be in Ireland sometime next week. Would love to meet people at the Henry Grattan pub on saturday june 30th if you feel like dropping along - anytime from 7pm - downstairs. I just have to work out where that pub is now! Its only been 13 years.. My mobile will work, as will my email. Phone 0401 694 593 and email: Ciao!

Re: leaving australia

Posted by 80s fan on June 19, 2001, 7:13 pm , in reply to "leaving australia"

you should go to kennedy's late bar of westland row afterwords George. They have dublin's only all 80s night out from about 10pm. Not unknown to throw in nova jingles and similar stuff from time to time (about 10 min walk from Henry G's

thanks mate!

Posted by george l on June 19, 2001, 9:26 pm , in reply to "Re: leaving australia"

I actually much prefer hip hop and dance music from the present, but I'd like to hear some of those nova jingles blasting out! shit..gotta get that plane..


it'shot here!

Posted by George L on June 22, 2001, 9:22 am

Hello from Macau,a small portuguese settlement in the South China Sea.The heat is horrific but the foods good and the beer is cheapas chips. See you in Dublin!


Posted by Mark j on July 3, 2001, 12:21 pm

Just wondering- what did Chris do with all the equipment, records, tapes etc. used on Nova, Kiss,Energy.....just being know!!! any ideas anyone?

Re: Nova...etc..

Posted by Brida on July 4, 2001, 12:17 am , in reply to "Nova...etc.."

Mark,AFAIK most of the equipment got split up over the years.The PYE desks seem to be in various houses around Dublin,the other NOVA mixer(& console) was used by Kiss 103 & it is believed to have been seized in a raid.The EMT turntables were used by Q102 and then put into storage,most likely on the scrapheap now.The 50KW AM TX was taken by the recievers along with other FM TXs and were last seen rotting away in Rathcoole.All or some of the original jingle masters ended up in Dave Harvey's Reel Good studio.Some of the Carts were in Capital 104.Where do I stop? NB. The author accepts no responsalbility over the accuracy of any information supplied here ETC.

Re: Nova...etc..

Posted by Mark j on July 4, 2001, 11:55 am , in reply to "Re: Nova...etc.."

Thanx for the info. Brida........although why was all the equipment etc.. split up everywhere and why did it get into the hands of other later dublin stations not associated with Chris....... what about the massive amounts of vinyl???

Re: Nova...etc..

Posted by Brida on July 4, 2001, 6:48 pm , in reply to "Re: Nova...etc.."

Can't help on the vinyl,as for the Dallas Horns(expensive FM antenna array),they were just a little too big to fit onto the roofrack of a certain station boss's car, so liberal use of a hacksaw has ensured a plentyfull supply of bean poles in west Dublin.

What Happened To Their Equipment ???? Posted by Sunshine Fan on July 4, 2001, 5:16 pm

Can anyone help ????

Responses: Re: What Happened To Their Equipment ???? Brida July 4, 2001, 6:38 pm Re: What Happened To Their Equipment ???? Enda Caldwell July 8, 2001, 6:01 pm Re: What Happened To Their Equipment ???? DD July 10, 2001, 11:33 pm

Re: What Happened To Their Equipment ????

Posted by Brida on July 4, 2001, 6:38 pm , in reply to "What Happened To Their Equipment ????"

All I know is that Eamonn Cooke has one of the AMs.The other was for sale.This had been used by Century,I am told.

Re: What Happened To Their Equipment ????

Posted by Enda Caldwell on July 8, 2001, 6:01 pm , in reply to "Re: What Happened To Their Equipment ????"

The Portacabins remain at The Sands Hotel to this a reminder of how it SHOULD be.

Re: What Happened To Their Equipment ????

Posted by DD on July 10, 2001, 11:33 pm , in reply to "Re: What Happened To Their Equipment ????"

Interesting to see that despite the extensive makeover that the Sands received last year they left the portacabins right where they've been for so many years.

George Long

Posted by Gary Hamill on July 4, 2001, 7:37 pm

George Long is in Dublin and I've had a grand old time with me former newsroom compadre of ages gone with a few rushed cocktails at Searsons on Baggot Street yesterday evening tuesday 3rd July. Bob, if you see this, I do apologise for not being able to get to the Henry Grattan on flight from Verona was delayed "due to a technical problem ON ANOTHER AIRCRAFT JUST LIKE THIS ONE!" according to our kindly (all be it out-of-breath) Captaining Pilot! So, whilst your good self and Master Long were downing Drambuie's, I was staring out over the peaks of the Alps wondering who fitter our wings might be, and are those rivets really holding that bit together?! Turns out, Ryan Air had some sort of emergency landing yesterday...possibly the very Ryan Air flimsey-jet I had me very own arse saddled upon on Saturday! One fears to contemplate! One wonders endlessly... Bob...we shall hopefully hook up soon. In the meantime, George is still knocking about, is travelling to Clare, and if he and his wonderful feline friend get back, we intend to meet up again on Friday. Perhaps you will be there Bob...hopefully so. All the best to Sybil and Chris...if you are seeing this. Gary Hamill.


Re: George Long

Posted by Gary Hamill on July 4, 2001, 8:06 pm , in reply to "George Long"

who fitter our wings might be? (must have been that cocktail)...supposed to read 'how fitted our wings might be'... tee hee. I suppose this constitutes talking to oneself.



Bongiorno! Posted by George Long on July 10, 2001, 12:09 pm

Hello from Roma. Dublin was great. Good to see both Gary and Bob. However no one told me that Ireland was now fully sponsored by Tesco Corp. But its good to see a McDonalds public toilet on every corner. Will write properly later Ciao

Responses: Re: Bongiorno! Gary Hamill July 14, 2001, 1:14 am

Re: Bongiorno!

Posted by Gary Hamill on July 14, 2001, 1:14 am , in reply to "Bongiorno!"

George...Can't believe you're in Magnifico Italia already and you still find time to check in with This Old Horse at the same time! Shouldn't you be heading to Verona and Lago di Garda by now!!?? I didn't get a chance to say ciao...or rather 'you' didn't give me the ####ing chance! Too bad I couldn't make it to join you and your old mate in wonderful DunLaoghaire (or as I've heard some English news-broadcasters pronounce it "DOON-LAY-GARAY") (ps. one fellow from the BBC called me up at the 98fm Newsroom one evening to inquire of me as to how 'exactly' it was pronounced...I told him to stick with whatever he already had, and that it wouldn't make a heckofa difference to his station's listenership!)...but the thought of having to head out to Doon-Lay-Garay was just a little to daunting for me, after a long day's journey of horseshit at work! I enjoyed what we had...and next time, please, make some ####ing time mate! Cheers to your wonderful girlfriend. You weren't around long enough for me to memorise her name, but what's in a name anyway...she was someone I simply 'wanted to know' instantly! Have fun in San Fran...and kiss the DragQueens for me! Gary

Garrett Scully

Posted by Niall Mac Caughey on July 12, 2001, 6:36 am

Some folks from the Nova days may remember an anorak by the name of Garrett Scully. Garrett recently got another 'fix' of radio by doing a show on Anna Livia in Dublin. Unfortunately, Garrett died of a pneumonia-related infection yesterday afternoon (Wednesday the 11th) in Loughlinstown hospital, Dublin. The funeral is scheduled for 12:00 on Saturday next, July 14th, at the Church of Ireland, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.


Re: Garrett Scully

Posted by Tony Allan on July 14, 2001, 6:18 pm , in reply to "Garrett Scully"

I too would like to offer my condolences to Garrett's family. Great bloke and a real hard worker. I really am stunned.

Time of funeral

Posted by Niall Mac Caughey on July 13, 2001, 9:41 pm , in reply to "Garrett Scully"

For those who knew Garrett and are able to attend, the time of the funeral has been changed to 11:00 tomorrow (Saturday) in St. Patrick's Church of Ireland in Enniskerry with cremation afterwards in Mount Jerome. There was a receiving service this evening at 18:30 and the church was full. A recording of "My Way" was played and, for those who knew Garrett, it was very appropriate (although he would have been critical of the edit at the end!).

Re: Garrett

Posted by Gary Hamill on July 14, 2001, 1:30 am , in reply to "Time of funeral"

No words... Garrett was a unique chap, always curious, always witty, and always around, sharing conversation, jokes, and 'himself' to everyone in Q102 Radio, Mount Street, Dublin. I have thought, over the years, of Garrett, many times. Often, I wondered what had become of this gentle lad, and I am so saddened by this news. So saddened. I miss you Garrett. We all do. GH

Re: Garrett Scully

Posted by david baker on July 13, 2001, 4:55 pm , in reply to "Garrett Scully"

i cannot believe this, i knew garrett for years whilst in dublin and worked at various stations with him. lovely bloke and underestimated by many. to his family all i can offer is my sincerest condolences.

Re: Garrett Scully

Posted by Miles Johnston on July 15, 2001, 1:40 am , in reply to "Re: Garrett Scully"

got a call 2 day (Saturday) He was a bright and fun guy. Good radio needs him. "JAAAzus has it Sound as well... (Era 6)" Hope he is happy where he is now. Have fun where ever.