DJ Gogan still rocks with the latest technology
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.
Salthill Co Galway