Gay Byrne Hour Begins

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The 'Gay Byrne Hour' began on radio on 2 February 1973. Here Gay Byrne introduces a programme from 1977.

  • Title
    Gay Byrne Hour
  • 1st Broadcast
    21/01/1977
  • Contributor
    Gay Byrne (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:23
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Gay Byrne Hour
  • Clip title
    Gay Byrne Hour Begins
  • Extended description

    The 'Gay Byrne Hour' began on radio on 2 February 1973. In a rapidly changing Ireland, the programme become the public forum for many topics and debates of the day. In 1979 the programme was given extended air time and changed name to become the 'Gay Byrne Show'.

    Following the signature tune Gay Byrne opens the programme with comments from a listener on the keeping of geese and a plea to listeners not to telephone during the programme to enter the 'Mystery Sound' competition.    

  • Information

    The 'Gay Byrne Hour' began on radio on 2 February 1973. In a rapidly changing Ireland, the programme became the public forum for many topics and debates of the day and was especially popular with housewives.

    In 1979 the programme was given extended air time and changed name to become the 'Gay Byrne Show'. Broadcasting for two hours a day Monday to Friday the 'Gay Byrne Show' stayed on air until Byrne's retirement in 1998.


    The photograph accompanying this clip shows Gay Byrne in a radio studio in 1970.

    The photographer was Phil Dowling.

    © RTÉ Stills Library 2027/015

  • Local keywords
    RTÉ, Broadcasting, Radio, 1970s, Gay Byrne
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1977
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    AA16277
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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