"We Were Very Primitive, But We Got There"

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Jimmy Mahon, who joined 2RN a week after it began broadcasting, tells Donnchadh Ó Dúlaing his memories of those early days for Irish radio.

  • Title
    This is Dublin Calling
  • 1st Broadcast
    01/01/1996
  • Contributor
    Donnchadh Ó Dúlaing (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:27
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Clip title
    "We Were Very Primitive, But We Got There"
  • Extended description

    Jimmy Mahon describes the basic conditions of the early days of radio in Ireland. There could be an interval of up to five minutes between items being broadcast. If there was any broadcast out of the ordinary microphones had to be hired.

    Jimmy Mahon also recalls how Hogan For Wireless a shop on Grafton street had speakers outside broadcasting 2RN.

  • Information

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows Jimmy Mahon at the desk in the control room of 2RN in Little Denmark Street, Dublin. He is using Marconi battery operated equipment with A+ B amplifiers.

    © RTÉ Stills Library 288/007

  • Local keywords
    2RN, Jimmy Mahon, Broadcast Media, RTÉ, Radio, 1920s, Donnchadh Ó Dúlaing, Radio, Media
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ Radio One
  • Production year
    1996
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA6358
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Stereo
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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