Century Radio, Ireland's first national commercial station was launched on 4 September, 1989.

Reporter Charlie Bird describes the launch of Century Radio as

Another piece of Irish broadcasting history.

The first voice to be heard on Century Radio was that of Century Radio Director, Terry Wogan. The station was officially launched by the Minister for Communications and Justice, Ray Burke, who comments that

We are celebrating the involvement of the private sector in national commercial broadcasting and the creation of a new, vibrant, competitive broadcasting environment.

Employing 66 people at its base in Christ Church, Dublin, the station will have a 24 hour news service.  Head of Programming, Mark Story, emphasises the importance of the provision of accurate and well-produced information. 

Ray Burke comments that the listener is the real winner as they now have a greater choice. 

This RTÉ News report from 4 September, 1989 also shows Marty Whelan on air. Marty had left RTÉ to join Century Radio, only to return to the national broadcaster in the mid 90s.

The lifetime of Century Radio would be short lived. In November 1991, with millions of pounds in debt, the station closed.

It was later revealed, under the Flood Tribunal, that the Minister for Communications, Ray Burke had received corrupt payments in relation to the issuing of the Century Radio licence.

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