Remembering Waterford's Super-pirate of the 1980's!
Where are they now?
If you were part of the team let us know where you are now so we can add your details to this page - click here
Andy Ellis - One of the original team responsible for setting up ABC Radio Andy now runs Waterford based Total Broadcast Consultants Ltd., a company supplying technical equipment and know-how for the Irish radio industry. Has 'Golden Ears' and was responsible for ABC's outstanding audio quality and signal. Now lives in Tramore near to where ABC's A.M transmitter was sited in Newtown
Clive Derek - One of the original team that started ABC Radio in 1982. Clive is now part of the Management team and Head of Programmes at South East Radio in Wexford. He has been involved in a number of Irish radio industry initiatives including the area of training where he helped establish a succesful radio training course involving FÁS Ireland, N.U.J, and the I.B.I. - it was launched by the then Taoiseach, Bertie Ahearne TD. Clive is also qualified trainer himself. His voice-overs are heard on a number of radio stations in Ireland and abroad. Still lives in Waterford
Stuart Clark - One of the original ABC team responsible for setting up ABC Radio he was greatly missed when he decided to leave early on. Stuart worked on Radio Caroline for a while and was aboard their ship in the North Sea during the mid 1980's. Stuart's talent for writing shone through when he started working for Hot Press magazine in Dublin and these days he is Assistant Editor! His talent for broadcasting has not been completely wasted however - you will often hear Stuart contributing to programmes on Today FM and RTE's 2FM, sometimes he's on TV too - most recently as a commentator on RTE TV's "Young, Irish and Wealthy"
Kevin Turner - One of the original team that started ABC Radio in 1982 but left early on. After stints in Italy, on Radio Caroline, and numerous European and U.K commercial stations Kevin now has a successful career on satellite television in England
Daragh Corcoran - An ABC favourite and the station's final breakfast show presenter. Daragh stayed on after the closure of "ABC The Hot FM" to assist Clive, Andy and Dave with the station's licence application. Had the bid been succesful the "Deise Broadcasting Company" could have been broadcasting today as Deise FM with the best of the ABC team! When their bid failed Darragh was snapped up by Marcher Sound Radio in Wales. For the last number of years he has been living in Leeds and is now a journalist on BBC Radio Leeds.
Ray Sarsfield - Articulate Ray has done loads since leaving ABC Radio. He went to work on the Voice of Peace radio station in the Middle East, he even sold insurance, but he now runs a successful taxi business on Dublin's Northside. He still manages to fit in a bit of broadcasting on St. Ita's Hospital Radio and hankers to return to mainstream broadcasting. He also tells a very amusing story about picking up an un-suspecting Dave Hunt in his taxi one night...what a small world!
Tony Murrell - Much loved presenter on "ABC - The Hot FM" and a popular local niteclub DJ in the Waterford area. When ABC closed Tony went to work for Radio Luxembourg (but kept acccidentally calling the station on-air "ABC - The Hot FM!"). He worked in South Africa where he was on national radio and TV. These days he is living and working in England; has worked on GWR in Bristol, and now presents "Daytime with Tony" on Touch Radio 102 in Stratford-upon-Avon - however, we doubt he's reciting Shakespeare on his show....
Kerry Graye - Head of News at "4FM" - the new radio network launching in the Spring. Kerry was lost to radio for a few years when she worked for the political party, Fianna Gael, but we're glad to see 4FM have tempted her back behind the mic where she belongs. "Hi guys!
Absolutely LOVE the website. It must have taken huge amounts of time to put all the audio and pix together.
Thanks on behalf of all former colleagues/friends! I have a few pictures of closedown day if you're interested.
Any plans for a reunion??
Love and hugs, Kerry x
Dave Hunt - Dave was one of the first presenters to leave Waterford's Suirside Radio to join ABC Radio early on when he realised the station's potential. Dave was always a popular ABC presenter and he was also an engineer and the station's Head of News in later days (he was the first 'pirate' journalist locally to become a member of the N.U.J which caused some consternation in local journalism at the time). Dave is now a radio engineer and a Company Director, he runs Total Broadcast Consultants Ltd. (see above) with Andy Ellis. Dave lives in a beautiful rural area not far from Waterford City
Richard Staines - following ABC, Richard went back to school to study Communication and Marketing while continuing his career as a radio and TV announcer. Today he runs a broadcast software supply business and radio consultancy. He has travelled the world, consulting for a number of prestigious clients in several countries including XM Satellite Radio, BBC Radio and public radio in America. Keeping his broadcasting hand in, his voice is regularly heard on promos on Radio Caroline (he even worked aboard their radio ship for a while in 1987) and a number of European stations. He is a much sought after music radio scheduling expert and has tutored at many of the world's leading radio stations. Still lives in Waterford
Conor Halpin - now a childrens entertainer and drama teacher with his own business based in Waterford. He presented "ABC's Galaxy of Sport" in his own entertaining style. Was once a candidate in local elections. Still heard occasionally on local radio in Waterford.
Steve Marshall -
Hi guys what a great website certainly brings back some great memories! I remember the early days with Clive and Simon and Andy etc
broadcasting from the caravan n Tramore great days!
since then I have worked all over Europe and a few other interesting places, I'm currently involved in running a radio station in Spain, both in Programming and Sales, also do a daily morning show! All the best
John Hughes - " Love the site, just thought I would drop you a line, I am the one in the middle of the photo on the home page (Under Dave Hunt's chin!!). I did late nite ABC on Sundays for around 10 months back in 1984, I then went to Radio West where I met my wife. I'm still involved in radio, been with East Coast FM doing the OB's and roadshows since 1999, and more recently with Country-Mix 106.8"
Seamus Foley - now Shay Searson. Went on to work for WLR and is now Head of Production at Tipp FM in Clonmel
C.J - Joined ABC Radio early on from Suirside Radio and was a popular presenter on many different shows. C.J went on to work as an aerial rigger on big transmitter installations in Britain before returning to Ireland and working for NTL. C.J - we do apologise for not mentioning you earlier but we're all getting on a bit at abcthehotfm.com and the memories aren't the best! But, we do recall you turning up on Sunday mornings on your Triumph 5TA ex Garda motorcycle and terrorising the neighbours with the racket!
"Wiggy" O'Connor - Wiggy was a popular local mobile and club D.J and a popular jock during the station's early days. Today he still resides in Tramore and works as an electrician. He contacted us to say he loved the website and we look forward to receiving his memories to add in the coming weeks.!
Paul Dower - Paul still lives and works in Waterford. He contacted abcthehotfm.com: "Hi all, wonderful site, so great to see the OLD faces, 20 fast years on and so many still in the radio game, thats love. Have to say that my time with ABC was fun, a lot of learning and a lot of joy, and made great friends. Have to go a-rootin' now for the old tapes, thanks Clive & Andy for the memories. I've got some photos of the days at ABC - its to find them thats a problem! During the 1990's I worked at Radio Kilkenny in the News dept and presented the Weekend Breakfast Shows at WLRfm, I also presented quite a successful Sunday afternoon chat show there called 'Getting To Know You'.
In recent times I've presented an Oldies request show on KCLR96fm and their weekend Saturday & Sunday Sports Shows."
Paul Dower, waterford
Kevin McCarthy - has his own business in Dublin specialising in sound and lighting for the entertainment industry and T.V
Stephen Dee - now works in production at KCLR based in Kilkenny.
Robin Ross - left ABC Radio when Radio Caroline re-opened in 1983. Robin now works as a Broadcaster, Commentator and Compere
Timmy Ryan - Now presenter on WLR-fm. Went way and spent some time working on FM104 in Dublin but returned to Waterford and can be heard presenting the station's breakfast show
Colm Dunphy - ABC The Hot FM's youngest presenter when the station closed in 1988 (you can hear him on the final hour). He is now Lecturer in Media at Waterford Institute of Technology (W.I.T).
Together with Bob Geldof, he published an outstanding application for Ireland's very first regional radio station in Waterford as 'Power FM' but was refused a license to broadcast by Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. Colm created and managed the 90's pirate radio station 'ABC Power 104' (the name was a nod to our favourite station of the 1980's but the format was of dance music!)
Benny Adcroft - still lives and works in Waterford
John Sauvage - John contacted abcthehotfm.com: "Well done on a fabulous website! Injustice how we didn't get license. Have some old tapes of shows if you want them. Went off to train greyhounds in last number of years - still interested in radio and music though. Now married and living in Mooncoin, County Kilkenny. Still available for radio work. Say hello to all the lads - and great website - nice to see so many old faces!"
Tom "EEZEEE" Lee - the smooth-talking American 7 foot tall basketball coach presented "Late-Nite ABC" for a while around 1986. Anyone know where he is now?
Billy Cowman - presented an Irish Traditional music programme around 1983/84. Anyone know where he is now?
Jo Stephens - Jo was mad enough to live in a house with several male DJ's! Stayed a short while and was very good. Anyone know where she is now?
Jimmy Ryan - From Waterford, Jimmy joined ABC Radio from Suirside Radio and presented a number of shows including ABC's legendary "Late Nite Affair" programme. Jimmy was a carpenter by trade and worked on the Dunbrody wooden tall ship project in New Ross and for teh South Eastern Health Board while working part-time on radio. Nowadays Jimmy is a presenter on Wexford's South East Radio. He presents "South East Radio's Classic Gold" and "Drivetime" from 3-6pm as well as a Saturday afternoon show. Nowadays he lives in a beautiful area between Wexford and Enniscorthy
John O'Shea - now a presenter on WLR-fm and columnist for a local newspaper
Billy Power - Employee of Dunnes Stores in Waterford. What he doesn't know about country music...etc.
Johnnie Lewis - now presents the Breakfast Show on KMFM in Kent, England and a regular on Radio Caroline
Paul Scanlon - Now a presenter on Ocean FM in Sligo
Bill Everatt - After nearly a year at ABC, Bill (who was the first Welsh National DJ to broadcast on Irish Radio,) spent the next decade working as a presenter and producer for commercial radio stations in both Cardiff and Swansea. In 1997 he jointly founded the company which went on to become Celtica Radio, which he is still Managing Director of to this day. He also appeared in regional productions of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, and as the First Voice in Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood.” A part initially made famous by Richard Burton, who also came from the same area of South Wales as Bill. In 2005, Bill experienced major complications while undergoing surgery, which resulted in a significant time off air. Fortunately he recovered and can now be heard regularly broadcasting to Celtica Radios' International audience.
Roddy Cleere - presenter on WLR-fm and numero uno Thin Lizzy fan. Remains passionate about Irish music
Bernie Cahill - a successful retailer in Tramore, Bernie also runs a professional sound and lighting firm providing facilities to leading live bands around the country
Andy McCloskey - Lived in London for some years where he worked on 1035 AM, Xfm with Bob Geldof, Ocean Sound and others. Came back to join pirate station ABC Power 104 before landing job as afternoon presenter on S.E Ireland's regional station Beat 102 -103. Local music expert!
Tony Garreth - As an employee of Radio Nova Tony used to "moonlight" as an ABC jock at weekends when he used to visit Tramore! Cropped up on Radio Caroline with Robin Ross when it relaunched in 1983 and later worked on BBC Radio 2 before returning to Ireland. By this time he had become ' Garreth O'Callaghan' and worked on RTE's 2FM. Garreth wrote a couple of big selling novels, including "The Keeper" in 1999, and has worked as a counsellor. Most recently he worked for Galway Bay FM. Garreth now works for the new Irish multi-city station - 4FM and is to be there Breakfast Show presenter when the station launches in the Spring
Neil Butler - Neil form Waterford joined ABC Radio as the station's popular overnight presenter of "The NiteFlite". Lived in London for a few years before returning to Ireland. Now presents "The Zone" on South East Radio in Wexford from 9pm Mon-Fri. as well as presenting their Sunday afternoon show from 1pm!
James Day - left ABC to join Radio Caroline and took his girlfriend, Geraldine from Tramore out to the ship!
Nigel Roberts - Anybody know what happened to him we asked? Well we soon had a response but not from Nigel....
"Hi, I just came across abcthehotfm.com, and saw the post about Nigel Roberts "where is he now ?". I'm a long time friend of Nigel, but haven't spoken to him for about three years, he seems to have gone off the radar, but before that I knew him constantly for about 15 years. The last time I spoke to him he was living on a small coaster on the River Thames, which he bought round about 1995 I think? He was also working for the specialist audio equipment company Chiswick Reach? I would dearly like to speak to him again myslef and catch up. All I can say is that he was well, and as always, had a keen interest in all thinngs radio and audio...
Come in Nigel !???"