Steve Conway (writer)

Steve Conway originally came from Dublin, Ireland, and is best known as a broadcaster and writer, formerly of the offshore pirate station Radio Caroline, later on the Dublin indie rock station Phantom 105.2 and most recently, an online station operated by Phantom founder Simon Maher. However, his main day job is within the I.T. industry and currently resides in County Westmeath in Ireland.

Conway started his radio career on a small London rock-music pirate, South East Sound in 1985, before moving to Radio Caroline, where he rose to the positions of Head of News and Programme Controller (3). Initially, when he started for the first time on Radio Caroline, Steve's sole function was as a newsreader. In 1991 he was one of the final crew on board the Caroline ship Ross Revenge when it ran aground on the Goodwin Sands (2). In 1999, he returned to help relaunch Radio Caroline on satellite, moving home to Dublin and taking up a position the following year on Phantom, which at the time was a pirate. Steve had also involvement with at least two other pirates during the 1990s and the early 2000s - Radio Dublin and ABC Dublin. Steve Conway was Head of News during Phantom's two temporary license runs in 2003 and 2004. His main show on Phantom 105.2, when it was on a full-time license, was Random Access on Sunday evenings.

In 2009 Liberties Press published Conway's memoir, Shiprocked: Life on the Waves with Radio Caroline. ISBN 978-1-905483-62-4 which details his involvement with Radio Caroline in its final years at sea (1987–91) and briefly covers the relaunch of the station on satellite in 1998/9.[1]

A revised edition of Shiprocked was published in November 2014.

Steve also got involved in 2010 with a licensed Dutch radio station called Radio Seagull, which has something of the spirit of Radio Caroline about it. He worked once again with his brother Chris, who had previously worked with him in the late 1980s on Radio Caroline.

Steve has also had a short story "Old Haunts" published in a 2008 anthology of Irish writing, Census. ISBN 978-0-9555346-7-6 and has also contributed feature articles to the Irish music magazine Hotpress.

Since 2013, Steve Conway has been a key player with online station It has had a number of temporary-licensed runs on FM radio between 2013 and 2018, covering Dublin, Cork and Limerick, all of which he has been involved with. For most of his time with, Steve has been presenting a long-running series called "A to Z of Great Tracks", both online and on FM.


(2) The Sunday Business Post, 3 May 2009, "Pirate Party On The High Seas" [1]

(3) The Sunday Times, 26 March 1989, "Queen Of The Pirates" (article by Martin Wroe)

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