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no responses. September 26, 2017 Colin Kennedy

AIRWAVES


AIRWAVES

It had to happen I suppose, that my (usually) sunny disposition and sense of sang froid would sooner or later hit a speed bump on the cosmic highway. Narky? Grumpy? Yeah, just a little. What’s lit this fire under me is an item I saw on the ‘DJs of the Irish pirate radio era’ Facebook page proposing to set up a radio museum/gallery/exhibition in Dublin featuring pirate radio, encompassing all stations nationally and not just the Dublin ones, I assume. It’s a great idea and I’m all for it but what frustrates me is that this is something we could do here in Waterford featuring our own stations. We had five of them after all – WLR, Suirside, ABC, Crystal City Sound and NCR. There’s enough there and surely enough memorabilia to populate such an exhibition if the will was there…..

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Day Tripper - The Blades

no responses. August 23, 2017 Colin Kennedy

Daytrippin’ 2 The Blades


Daytrippin’ 2 The Blades

There’s a quote from Dave Fanning relating to the Dublin music scene of the late 1970s, I’m paraphrasing here but it goes something along the lines of ‘U2 weren’t the best or most talented band in Dublin at that time but they were the most single minded in their pursuit of success’. Whenever I hear The Blades’ music that quote immediately springs to mind…

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Sinnott's Waterford

no responses. July 4, 2017 Colin Kennedy

‘In praise of the humble record shop…..’


‘In praise of the humble record shop…..’

I settled in during the week to watch ‘All Things Must Pass – The Tower Records Story’. I wasn’t disappointed. The story went like this – company founder Russ Solomon’s dad had what was essentially a corner shop selling everything from a needle to an anchor. Russ suggested that maybe they could sell second hand records too, there might be a buck to be made. His dad agreed and it went from there. The company grew from one store in Sacramento California to a globe spanning chain including a store in Dublin….

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beatles sgt pepper's lonely hearts club band

no responses. May 31, 2017 Colin Kennedy

“It’s wonderful to be here, it’s certainly a thrill….”


“It’s wonderful to be here, it’s certainly a thrill….”

Trundling my way along through the hallowed halls of TCRfm the other week I was accosted by the station’s head of social media, the Supremo himself. “Oi CK, have you got a blog post for me, for the website?” he asked. “Yes, yes of course I do. It’ll be in your email inbox by the weekend, or soon-ish at any rate.”…

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Protest Song

no responses. April 4, 2017 Colin Kennedy

“THERE’S A PROTEST SINGER……..


“THERE’S A PROTEST SINGER……..

………..he’s singing a protest song.”

Bob Dylan, I thought. But what was the song? To my surprise a quick Google revealed that it’s a line from Dire Straits’ ‘Industrial Disease’, which leaves me doubly surprised as this would be among my favourites of their songs. I should have known that. It is funny how the memory plays tricks but you must admit it does sound Dylanesque….

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