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Soup 123

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Radio Sundown
« on: December 17, 2017, 11:28:53 AM »
Does anyone remember Radio Sundown ( I hope I have the right title ) broadcast nightly from a derelict shop on the Old Lodge Road . It was listened to by the greater Shankill district and the Authorities were keen to close it down . I seem to remember an English guy was behind it with one of the Drumgoole girls from Fleming street sitting on his knee as he broadcast.
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Re: Radio Sundown
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2017, 02:12:52 PM »
The name looks right, for it gets a mention as a protestant pirate radio station operating in the '"The Hammer" Shankill Road' in this intelligence report compiled by the Republic's intelligence agents in 1969:

http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/nai/1969/nai_TSCH-2000-6-660_1969-09-28.pdf

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Re: Radio Sundown
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2017, 03:42:38 PM »
Blimey!  :)
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Re: Radio Sundown
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2017, 05:06:34 PM »

Blimey!  :)


That's what I thought. Fascinating stuff...  :)

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Re: Radio Sundown
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2017, 05:44:11 PM »
Fascinating as these reports are  they are dated 1969 . I remember Radio Sundown broadcasting before the troubles . It was a mixture of records and good natured chat , no mention of any political stuff whatsoever.   :)  It was a big talking point on the Old Lodge Road as most ( youngsters ) knew who was making the broadcasts and where they were coming from , and they wer,nt based in the Hammer the shop was on the junction of North Boundry St and the Old Lodge Road . I particularly remember it because Miss Drumgool  ( her first name escapes me at the moment ) and the guy made a very happy couple .  Odd to think itís a half a century ago ...
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Re: Radio Sundown
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2020, 12:57:43 PM »
If anyone would like to tell their story about listening to or broadcasting on any of the early Belfast pirate radio stations, please get in touch as I am writing a book on the subject.

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Re: Radio Sundown
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2020, 08:19:58 PM »
Fascinating as these reports are  they are dated 1969 . I remember Radio Sundown broadcasting before the troubles . It was a mixture of records and good natured chat , no mention of any political stuff whatsoever.   :)  It was a big talking point on the Old Lodge Road as most ( youngsters ) knew who was making the broadcasts and where they were coming from , and they wer,nt based in the Hammer the shop was on the junction of North Boundry St and the Old Lodge Road . I particularly remember it because Miss Drumgool  ( her first name escapes me at the moment ) and the guy made a very happy couple .  Odd to think itís a half a century ago ...

One of Jimmy Drumgooles daughters, I think ?  ???
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