DJ Go­gan still rocks with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

When I was a teenager, in the late 1970s, be­fore Ra­dio 2 was set up, Larry Go­gan started pre­sent­ing a pop mu­sic pro­gramme on RTÉ Ra­dio 1, on FM only, or VHF, as it was called on some ra­dios. This of­fered ex­cel­lent sound qual­ity in stereo, which was far su­pe­rior to medium wave broad­casts and was rel­a­tively new at the time.

I re­mem­ber telling a school friend about it and he was won­der­ing if he could adapt his ra­dio to pick up Larry, cit­ing the fact that peo­ple built ra­dios out of spare parts dur­ing World War II. Now, as Larry is re­tir­ing from 2FM, he is mov­ing to RTÉ Gold, the dig­i­tal ra­dio ser­vice, which can only be picked up on DAB ra­dios. The golden oldie that is Larry Go­gan is ahead of the times again.

As for my friend in north Roscom­mon, I pre­sume he has since bought an FM re­ceiver.

How­ever, if he wants to lis­ten to Larry on the new plat­form, he shouldn’t hold his breath. No mat­ter how he adapts his ra­dio, there are no dig­i­tal ra­dio sig­nals in that part of the coun­try, nor most other parts for that mat­ter.

Tommy Roddy

Salthill Co Gal­way

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