Ocean FM, the new station for the north-west franchise area which launches this Saturday at 9am, has announced a number of its key ‘special interest’ and weekend programmes.
At 7pm on Monday nights, ‘Bluestack to Benbulban’ is a one-hour window on tourism, and related-issues, and is presented by ex-Irish Times journalist and Sligo native Sorcha Crowley.
Also on Monday nights, Brendan Tierney – an ex students’ union president at Sligo IT – presents ‘Ocean Campus’ at 9.30pm.
On Tuesdays at 7pm former Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter Anna Ní Bhroin anchors ‘Cois na Tine’, a bi-lingual programme featuring Irish traditional music.
‘Arts House’ airs on Wednesdays, also at 7pm.
‘Ocean Catch’ on Thursdays at 7pm will be local radio’s first ever fisheries programme in Ireland and will be broadcast from the Ocean FM Broadcast Centre in Donegal town. Tony O’Callaghan, a Killybegs-based journalist, will be the programme’s producer and presenter.
Also on Thursdays, Barry Caslan of Teagasc in the north-west, will be anchoring ‘Agri Week’ at 7.30pm.
Alan Corcoran, formerly of RTÉ Radio 1, will be presenting ‘Corcoran’s Country’ on Fridays at 8pm.
According to the station’s General Manager Robert Walshe, the weekends will see Ocean FM providing a mix of ‘special interest’ programmes to suit all tastes.
‘Sunday Sentiments’ is a new weekly series which will feature classical, gospel, and legendery music genres. The shows will be presented by ex-Highland Radio founder Michael O’Donnell, together with Marion Fitzgerald and Fr Eddie Moore.
‘Mike Moloneys Irish Album’ on Sundays at 8pm will feature Ireland’s crème de la crème, while Bundoran’s Shane Smyth presents ‘Movie Magic’ at 9pm.
‘Indie Wave’ will be on air on Sundays at 10pm. Sligo’s Mark Foley promises an eclectic mix of music from both at home and abroad.
Fr Eddie Moore, a former Vatican radio presenter, joins Marion Fitzgerald on Sundays at 7pm for ‘Young at Heart’.
Seamus McManus returns to the airwaves after a long spell to present Ocean FM’s ‘Weekend Breakfast Club’ while Daniel Browne of the ‘Donegal Democrat’ anchors ‘Ocean Current’, also on Saturday mornings at 10am. He will be assisted by Leitrim native and award-winning Sunday World journalist Paul Williams.
Noel Burke and Paul Gallagher present ‘Ocean Weekend Café’ at 11am from both the Sligo and Donegal studios respectively.
Ocean FM say that they are passionate about sport and they claim that the station’s commitment in this regard will be second to none. The legendary Packie Bonner, along with GAA allstar Eamon O Hara, will be the chief analysts on Friday night’s ‘The Final Whistle’ at 7pm. John Behan will anchor ‘Saturday Sports Beat’, while a similar programme on Sundays will be a window on all sporting disciplines.
Other weekend highlights include ‘Solid Gold Sunday’ in Sligo with Rory O Brien (ex-2FM) and in Donegal with John Logue (formerly Highland Radio).
One of the region’s most popular nightclub djs Ciaran Carty will anchor ‘Ocean NRG’ on Friday nights and ‘Ocean Weekend Party’ on Saturdays at 6pm.