Black Echoes

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Black Echoes
Running time 90 Minutes
Country of origin Ireland
Language(s) English
Home station 103.2 Dublin City FM
Hosted by John Public
Recording studio East Wall Road, Dublin
Original release 12 December 1982 – present
Audio format Music
Website Black Echoes Online

Black Echoes is a Jamaican music show which has been broadcasting on radio in Dublin, Ireland.[1] The show airs a range of music, including reggae, ska, rock-steady and dub. The show is presented and produced by John Public.[2]

The show broadcasts on Dublin City FM every Saturday on 103.2 FM in Dublin, and via internet radio. The show also broadcasts nationally on a monthly basis on RTÉ 2FM.


John Public has presented Black Echoes since late 1982. In the beginning the show centred on many forms of black music but by 1984 it had concentrated solely on reggae music. The show was broadcast on numerous pirate stations based in South Dublin during the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, until he got a slot on Dublin City FM. The last pirate John Public was with was Jazz FM.

Miss Pat joined the programme as producer in 1985 having moved from London, where she grew up listening to all styles of Jamaican music. Since then the programme has incorporated ska, shuffle, rock steady, early reggae, Mento etc., as well as DJ, dub, dub poetry and ragga.

In 2008, the show moved its slot from 8–9 pm to 9–10 pm due to schedule changes which include Little Steven's Underground Garage a syndicated show broadcast on various radio stations across the world. In July, 2009 the show changed its time slot again to 7:30–9:00 pm,changing again from 7.00-9.00 pm in October 2015.


The show has seen interviews with: Desmond Dekker, Toots Hibbert, Sly and Robbie, Derrick Morgan, Dennis Alcapone, Brigadier Jerry, Ranking Joe, Half Pint, Tony Rebel, Mikey Dread Campbell, Edi Fitzroy, Terry Ganzie, Winston Grennan, Denzil Dennis, Winston Francis, Aj Franklin, Jah Woosh, B.B. Seaton, Ranking Miss P. George ‘Peckings’ Price, Lukes Morgan of Morgan Heritage, L.M.S. Bobby ‘Massive B.’Konders, Jah Warrior, Scientist, Tony ‘Downbeat’ Screw, Tony Chin, Ini Kamoze, Lester Sterling, Vin ‘Don. D.Jnr’ Gordon, Lehbanchuleh, Brian And Tony Gold, Winston ‘Flames’ Jarrett, Susan Cadogan, Robert ‘Dandy’ Thompson, Glen Adams, Peter Hunningale, Stranger ‘Strangejah’ Cole, Delroy Williams, Jimmy James.


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