Teenage Dirtbags: Radio Nova Is 13 But YOU Get The Presents!

Picture: Andres Poveda

September 1st is Radio Nova’s 13th birthday!

The seriously addictive radio station is officially entering its teenage dirtbag era and celebrating all month with a return of its world-famous birthday party – giving listeners the chance to win tickets to the celebration on Friday 29th September from 6–9pm at Hyde, Dublin’s newest rooftop, club, bar on Lemon Street Dublin 2, where Radio DJ of the Year, Dee Woods will be presenting her ‘Friday Night 80’s’ show live from the venue.

As is tradition, it’s Radio Nova’s birthday – but the listeners will be getting the presents, with lucky partygoers in with the chance to win a share of €5,000 from www.123ink.ie: printer consumables and office supplies, for home, for office, for less!

Dressed as their teenage self or teenage music idols, all of the Nova line up will be there on the 29th, including PJ Gallagher, on his first night out since welcoming his twins recently with partner Kelly Doolin, Jim McCabe, Dee Woods, Marty Miller, Pat Courtney, Greg Gaughran, Emily Brew and “Man at the movies”, Clint Drieberg – all there to celebrate becoming a teenage dirtbag with their listeners.

Speaking on the monumental occasion, Marty said, I turned 13 in 1987 when Guns N Roses brought out ‘Appetite for Destruction’. Now I share Nova’s airwaves with Guns N Roses bassist Duff McKagan. What a mad world! It’s not a significant birthday like a big round one. But when you’ve been at a radio station like Nova since day 1, it’s amazing to think of the baby as now a teenager! I got engaged, married, had two children all within the Nova lifetime. Fair to say, the station is a BIG part of our lives. Plus I’m married to Nova’s Dee Woods.

Picture: Andres Poveda

Nova Presenter Dee Wood, currently DJ of the Year and shortlisted again for this year’s IMRO Radio Awards said: Oasis’ second album (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory and the Clueless soundtrack (featuring Radiohead, Counting Crows and The Beastie Boys) were on heavy rotation in my teen bedroom. I could never have predicted that decades later I’d be playing those artists on one of the biggest radio stations in the country! The years have literally flown by and I’m so proud to still be a part of it. I was in my late twenties when it started and I’m in my early 40s now so Nova has certainly been a hugely important part of my life.

Over the 13 years Radio Nova has seen a cavalcade of stars broadcasting across their airwaves. Most recently, Duff McKagan from Guns ‘n’ Roses presents ‘Three Chords and the Truth’ every Saturday at 6pm, following in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen and the Foo Fighters.

Listener figures are the highest they have ever been for Radio Nova, with the station now boasting 190,000 listeners* in Dublin, Kildare, Meath & Wicklow, making it one of the largest radio stations on air.

*JNLR/Ipsos MRBI 2023,2 Dublin Commuter Belt.