Ireland Calling was one of the first programmes to be aired on Radio 2RDJ. Vince Murray, one of the station’s founding members, first broadcast the show in 1975.
The original idea of establishing a community radio station was formulated in 1975 by Vince Murray, Warwick Madden, Kent & Dorothy Broadhead. After a proposal paper was written, a steering committee was set up. The first public meeting was held at the BurwoodPublic Library on 15 October 1975 where office-bearers were elected.
Vince’s show aired every Saturday morning and over the years many Sydney Irish Radio Presenters came through the doors. Michael Lyons, Steve Carey and Michael Smullen to name a few. When Vince Murray decided to retire Michael Smullen stayed on and Barry Mack took on the show and the name Ireland Calling continued.
In 2012 Barry left the show, that’s when Tina King-Garde and Catherine Crosse took over. 2years later they were joined by Cathy and Bob Brazil.
Ireland Calling is produced and presented by one of: Tina King-Garde, Catherine Crosse or Cathy Brazil. It is a magazine style program and the emphasis is on providing a community service to the Sydney Irish and Irish Australian Community. It features the latest news from Ireland and the local Irish community, interviews with the Irish Ambassador and other consular staff, Immigration advice as well as with visiting celebrities and visiting artists and a wide variety of Irish music.