Monday, 30 July 2012

Sunshine Radio Dublin 1985 Special


The Staff of Sunshine Radio Pictured in 1985

In 1985 Sunshine Radio celebrated being five years
on air 
I believe this is the first time that the publicity  issued 
to mark the landmark has been put on the internet
I hope You enjoy this Memory Radio Boyle exclusive.

The Sands Hotel Portmarnock Dublin where
Sunshine broadcast form.You can just see the
mast behind the text which is an introduction
by station chief Robbie Robinson.
Here's a snippet of it
"When Sunshine made it's first broadcast in 
September 1980 who would have believed that five
 years later,despite the numerous difficulties we 
faced,and I might add overcame,we would be 
Dublin's premier 24 hours Radio Station".

                    SUNSHINE STAFF CELEBRATE IN 1985



       TOP 20 JULY - AUGUST 1985


               The Eurythmics were No1 this week July - August  1985

Sunday, 22 July 2012


Thank You for visiting our blog in such numbers
hope you enjoy our look back at this week in late
July 1984.
Let's Start off with the Top 20 sponsored by
Margaret's Cafe here in Boyle Co Roscommon

                                         No 6 in July 1984

No1 JULY 1984



These days she  looks and sounds fantastic
Alison has always been one of my favourite singers
over the years ,both with Yazoo and as a solo artist

RADIO 1984



TV 1984

In 1984 It just wasn't a Sunday night without 

Biddy, Miley and the gang..

"In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent 
to prison by a military court for a crime 
they didn't commit..."

FILM 1984


This sci fi thriller, starring muscle-man Arnold 
Schwarzenegger as a cyborg, was directed by 
James Cameron .This futuristic thriller has been 
endlessly imitated.
Los Angeles has been reduced to rubble in 2029 
and is run by machines. A cyborg is thrust back 
in time programmed to terminate Sarah Connor,
 the mother of a man who will lead the human 
resistance against the machines in 2029.
A member of the human resistance is also sent back 
to 1984 to rescue Sarah Connor from being 
assassinated before she can give birth.


American president Ronald Reagan and 
his wife Nancy visited Reagan's ancestral home
in Ballyporeen in county Tipperary.



 How many teeth were pulled out thanks to 
one of these monsters? Deliciously chewy, 
and yours for only 10p, they were a particularly
 joyous after-school treat. 


  Claire Conway 
They were even nice during school although a bit
 hard to without the teachers seeing you eat them

 Made in their thousands, each doll managed 
to maintain its identity with an individual name
and birth certificate.They were apparently the
brainchild of an American art student who, 
in order to pay his tuition fees, made dolls and 
sold them at local craft fairs. 
As interest grew he came up with the idea of adoption. 
They were so popular there just weren't enough on 
the shelves. The previous Christmas, parents had 
camped outside malls and toy shops in America 
(where else?) to make sure they could take 
one home for their little darling.


Sarah Cryan
I was 7. Made my first Communion.
I really wanted one ! Still waiting :(

 Guaranteed Irish is launched in 1984. 

It's said that today an increase in spend by households
on Guaranteed Irish goods and services of only
€4 a week could create over 6,200 new jobs in Ireland.

SPORT 1984

 1984 was an Olympics year with the games held in 
Los Angeles ,Ireland celebrated John Treacy's 
silver medal win  in the Marathon.    

Monday, 16 July 2012


We're back with another blog and we're looking  
at this week in the summer of 1996 .
As usual we start off with the chart of this week 
in July 1996 and we've chosen to put up the 
top eleven songs so as to include  the landmark single
of the  year and that was the Spice Girls who arrived 
with a bang at no 11 unleashing  girl power on the world


No1 Song Mid July 1996

Because the video needed to be taken in one shot,
the group rehearsed the routine several times through 

the night,while a steadycam operator followed them 
About. Gerri Halliwell wrote: "The video I remember
as being very chaotic and cold.
It wasn't very controlled—we didn't want it to be.
We wanted the camera to capture the madness

 of the Spice Girls".
Virgin's executives were horrified with the final result:

 "the girls were freezing cold,
which showed itself in various different ways",

the video  was later banned in some parts of Asia because of 
Mel B's erect nipples.The lighting was considered too dark 
and gloomy,the best takes showed the girls bumping with
the furniture and looking behind them.
and Gerri Halliwell's showgirl outfit would be considered

 too threatening by music channels.
Virgin suggested a re-shoot of the video or creating an 

alternate one for the US,but the group refused. 
The video was sent for trial airing in its original form.

When the music video first appeared on the British cable
network The Box, it was selected so frequently
that it reached the top of the viewers' chart within two

hours of going on air,and stayed at number one for
thirteen weeks.
It was aired up to seventy times a week at its peak
and became the most requested track in the channel's history.
The video won Best Dance Video at the 1997

MTV Video Music Awards,and Best Video at the 1997
Comet Media Awards.



  TV 1996

                  A new series started on sunday evenings in 1996

Set in the small Irish mountain town of Ballykissangel  
It had various plots which revolved around the town regulars
and their romantic, dramatic and comedic adventures.

The show that Chris Evans quit the BBC over.

It was an anarchic, unscripted ramble through new-laddishness 

and celebrity gossip with a supernatural ability to feature stars just as they were at their hottest. Jarvis Cocker appeared the night after his "mooning" of Michael Jackson at The Brits, Robbie Williams after his split from Take That, and Gazza after his axing from the England squad.

FILM 1996


Renton,(Ewan Mc Gregor) deeply immersed in,the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugsand influence of friends.


Woody, a pull-string cowboy, is little Andy's favourite toy. 
That is until Buzz Lightyear, high-tech space ranger, comes
 along, with his annoying catchphrase - To Infinity and Beyond.
This computer-animated film had the smallest animation staff ever used for a Disney feature.
But, because of the mindboggling scale of the project, each week of production produced only 3.5 minutes of film. It took 9 months just to shade Andy's hair!




A new Magazine for 1996

T3 0r Tomorrow's Technology Today,
was launched in 1996.
Basically a bible of gadgets, games and goodies,
It's still on sale today, alongside other hi-tech
toy mags for grown-up kids,



Blame it on the Spice Girls
Short men everywhere groaned as stilettos were 
replaced with yet another height nightmare.
Trainers that girls couldn't possibly run in 
(but which might have been helpful in a pole
 vaulting competition) were to the Nineties what 
Platform shoes were to the Seventies - but for women only. 
They  looked like orthopaedic aids and they were 
everywhere in 1996. 


Saturday, 7 July 2012


Another week and another Memory Radio Blog .
It's great to have you  call back as we look at the 
music and memories of  this week in July 1992.
Let's start off with the chart which as always is 
brought by our main sponsor Margaret's Cafe Boyle.

Jimmy Nail was No1 this week in July 1992

TV 1992

Following  on from his success in the 1980's
hit show Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Jimmy Nail was
back on our screens in 1992 as the popular
Detective Spender.

US TV 1992

From 1992 The "Today" Show, talking 
with Jay Leno, who was about to take over
(for the FIRST time) the Tonight Show, 
after Johnny Carson's retirement.


FILM 1992

"In Austin, Texas, President Obama told an 
audience, 'If you want to go forward you 
put your car in 'D.' If you want to go backward,
 you put your car in 'R.''
 But you know something? Either way,
 the economy is still F'd.'' —Jay Leno


The movie that started a whole new way to talk
Wayne Campbell : No way!
Garth Algar
: Way!


A spin-off from TV show Saturday Night Live, 
Wayne's World brought 'teen speak' to a 
bigger audience.

Wayne and Garth broadcast a low-budget 
public access cable TV show from Wayne's
basement. The show catches the attention 
of a sleazy TV producer (Rob Lowe) who 
wants to make a big-budget version 
of 'Wayne's World' but is also after Wayne's
girlfriend Cassandra.
Wayne and Garth have to battle it out withthe TV producer to save their show and 
get Cassandra back.

Wayne Campbell : Garth, marriage is punishment for 
shoplifting in some countries.

Sunday, 1 July 2012


Welcome to our weekly Blog.It's great to have you 
come and visit  our iphone/ipad  friendly Blog.
We're looking back at the music and memories 
of  this week in July 1990.


We start off with a video from this year 
taken in Parkers Night Club Boyle.


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  • Catherine MC Guire : claire dodd and
     catherine mc dermott identified,soo funny!

  • Imelda Burke Coleman:No that can't be 1990 omg!

  • Val McCormack:Spotted Sandra Kelly, Kerrie McGrath,
    Paul Finn and I think Seamus McCrann
    bustin some moves!!!

  • Claire Conway OMG jesus i still have them moves 
    myself and Louise finn never lost it.
We had a great time in Parkers  celebrating
Ireland's performance in the Italia 90 World Cup.
I was with Shannonside Radio and we brought 
a big screen to the night club ,where the atmosphere
was just amazing. It was a united Ireland  we were all 
part of Jackie's army..
Put em Under Pressure  was the floor-filler for 
the Summer of 1990.You could barely hear the
song with everyone chanting ole ole ole at the top 
of their voice



No1 Song July 1990 

iphone/ipad  friendly live version

TV 1990

Back in 1990 for many Irish families.
Sunday nights just weren’t complete without
half an hour in the company of the lovely
Theresa Lowe.
We watched in envy as contestants won exotic
breaks away.
Teresa Lowe was RTÉ’s golden girl, but in 1997
she disappeared from our screens,
prompting many a pub pundit to ask:
“Where in the world is Theresa Lowe?”
Well she studied for the bar at the King’s Inns.
and graduated in 1997, and since then has
been working as a full-time barrister.

Seinfeld stood out from the many sitcoms of its time
because None of the principal characters were related

by family or work connections but remained close 
friends throughout the seasons.Unlike many other sitcoms,
Seinfeld focused less on a plot and more on
day to day things such as waiting in line at the movies,going out for dinner, and dealing with the petty injustices of life.



Pretty Woman was the top movie of 1990
 Millionaire businessman Richard Gere picks up a hooker in
 Beverley Hills and,before you can say Pygmalion, he's turned
 her into a princess.
 The film made a star of Julia Roberts, despite claims that
 a pair of 'stunt legs' had been used on the promotional movie
 posters to increase their 'wow' factor.


Vogueing was a style of dance that emerged in 

New York in early 1990.
It was inspired - as the name suggests- 
by standing in the middle of a nightclub striking 
the poses favoured by fashion models. 
Madonna was credited with popularising the 'dance' 
across the world by both writing a song about it, 
and vogueing in her video.

What We Bought In 1990

We start with an ad break from RTE 
Network 2 from 1990