Dublins ABC (94 FM) was started by Paul Barrett and first began broadcasting on 25th September (4pm), 1995 using a low powered transmitter and with pre-recorded programmes on 94.2 and 88 FM.At first 88FM was the main frequency and 94.2 FM was the link ,we changed this when we moved to the office's as 94.2 got out better to the city and county. The station operated from an office block in Dublins city centre (from my home first) and it wasnt long before live programmes were introduced and the stations transmitter power was increased (CTE 250 watts). Eventually we shut down our 88 FM frequency and moved our main transmitter to 94.3 FM (due to BBC radio Wales on 94.2 fm ).
ABC's format was mainly to play pop music with a high content of oldies "Memories from the 60's to the 90's" which very few other stations were doing. We also broadcast other types of music in the evenings, including rock, reggae, jazz, traditional and Irish music,dance, indie and classical to name but a few.
We also did a number of outside broadcasts including our 1st Birthday Party which was broadcast from The Temple Bar on Dorset Street (two holidays given away) also Rumours Night Club in Dublin 2nd Birthday. We were astonished at the number of people that turned up on the nights. We also did many other O.B.s including several months of Friday Night Live from The Fleet Bar in Fleet Street. As well as this we also had roving reporters at the St.Patricks Day Parade and in various shopping centres in the run up to Christmas.
Over the years we extended our broadcasting hours and at one point had live programming from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. 7 days a week. On Sundays our programmes were relayed on shortwave and we received reception reports from the U.K. / Spain / France and as far away as Germany.
We also operated a full-time sister station to ABC for a time on 93.8 FM / 89.8 FM. The station was KISS FM and was on air from midnight until 6 p.m. and played dance and chart music. After 6 p.m. G.L.R. (Gay Lesbian Radio) shared the 93.8 frequency.
In December 1999 that station ceased live programmes and after a few months ABC returned (from the Dublin mountains) with an automated service and occasional live programmes. We also operated a second automated service on 87.6 FM - Beat FM which played dance and chart music during the week and at the weekends on the same frequency we operated Gold FM which played non-stop 60s music.
Dublins ABC (94 FM) continued until January 2001 when it finally closed and for several months relayed programmes from Premier 92.6 FM on 94.3 mhz. In late 2001 our 94.3 FM transmitter was shut down for the last time. Since then we have carried out low powered tests on both FM and shortwave ... ABC returned to the air in 2006 as ABC 876 (FM) ,but this only lasted 18 months or so and then closed in favour of the internet stream we run now on Radionomy (January 2015)...
We have not mentioned any of the stations DJ's by name because there must have been at least 200 people who have passed through the station during its six years on air - a BIG "THANK YOU" from me to you for making "Dublin's ABC (94FM) " the station it was...Now we are back in the early stages of rebuilding the station to what it was (or close) ..