Happy September to you.
Today is the 15th anniversary (I think) of the launch of the now defunct Atlantic 252. I only mention this because it strikes me that the radio landscape in the UK has changed dramatically since it launched. I am no expert but, if I recall, there was something about DJ’s having to stand-up when presenting (which made it sound very American). Gary King was the first voice (Mine is the first voice you will ever hear…on Atlantic 252) but I remember it for Charlie Wolfe and Dusty Rhodes (whose web site I can no longer find) and was Rusty Nails a presenter or did I make that up? It was pop music on very heavy rotation, small amounts of talk and this hiss and crackle of long wave. In 1989 it was exciting and different and, the fact it was really are Irish radio station, gave the feel of a pirate broadcaster. Long wave really was the home of hit music (even if only for a little while).
And for Atlantic 252 fans, a couple of quick links:
- David Lloyd’s Radio Moment: Atlantic 252 launch
- Fan site: history and memories of the UK’s most influential national radio station
- Facebook: tribute one and tribute two
- Wikipedia: Atlantic 252
- Video aircheck: Charlie Wolf on the air
- Video: Atlantic 252 station launch news report (1st September 1989)
Long wave radio Atlantic 252: Born 1st September 1989. Ceased transmission 20th December 2001.
2014: The fan links on this page were updated as many of the old sites had disappeared and the launch audio embedded.