Radio Nova, Dublin’s newest radio station which will broadcast on 100.3MHz FM from September, today announced its presenter line up. A mixture of veteran broadcasters will be joined by some new faces when the station takes to the airwaves.
The line-up includes Pat Courtenay, Greg Gaughran, Hugh O’Brien, Mike Maloney, Robbie Foy, Carol Dooley, Thomas Walsh, Enda Murphy, Marty Miller, Breffni Clack and Pat James. In addition Rick Wakeman, the former member of rock group Yes, will join the team presenting on Saturday nights at 6pm.
CEO of Radio Nova 100, David Tighe, said: “We have managed to entice and poach a stellar group of presenters who will inject something quite different and unique into the radio market in Dublin, Wicklow, Meath and Kildare. Radio Nova has in its presenter stable some of the most experienced names in broadcasting. However, we are also introducing new blood to the station, which will offer listeners an eclectic mix of presenting styles. Our aim is to appeal to a broad listenership, bored with what’s currently on offer and simply wanting to hear great music. Our research shows that there is an appetite for something different and we’re ready to step in and fill the void.”
Returning from his native New Zealand, Pat Courtenay will present Radio Nova’s Breakfast show. Pat originally moved to Dublin in the early ’80s to start his Irish career doing the breakfast show with Sunshine Radio. He back to Auckland in the late ’90s.
About his return to Ireland Pat said: “That old Dublin magnet is working again. People told me I wouldn’t stay away.”
Tighe says of Pat: “Courtenay never lost it and he still has a great reputation in Ireland as a consummate broadcaster with a unique sense of style both on and off air. The breakfast show slot is one of the most hotly contested shows in broadcasting and we know that Pat has what it takes to make the show work for Radio Nova. We’ve managed to get him back to Dublin and its no secret that many people are awaiting his return with real anticipation.”
Greg Gaughran is a veteran of the original Nova station. He has also worked on the Dublin scene for many years, and since 2002 he has been working with East Coast FM.
When talking about his new position he says: “I am so looking forward to being part of an exciting new sound for Dublin and beyond. The music will be very different to what is out there at the moment so we will really be able to bring something new to the table at Radio Nova.”
Greg will be on air from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday.
Thomas Walsh, of Pugwash fame, will host the ‘Radio Nova Rock Report’ weekdays from 6pm. The programme will bring listeners all the latest news from the music world.
The Sunday Independent’s Barry Egan will co-host ‘Locals Only’ with Carol Dooley each Sunday from 6pm, undertaking the “big interviews” of the week.
Enda Murphy started his career at the tender age of 10 where he recorded mock radio ads on his “Normende” tape deck, using songs from the radio as his background. Enda joins Radio Nova 100 directly from RTÉ 2FM and will be presenting his show from 7pm – midnight, Monday to Friday.
Marty Miller also started his radio career at an early age. At only 16 he presented on Beaumont Hospital Radio. He has won over 15 radio awards and was also the concept creator, producer and presenter of the award winning show ‘Dad Rock’ on Today FM.
When asked about Radio Nova he says: “It’s an amazing feeling to know that soon I’ll be on Radio Nova playing the music I know that Dublin listeners want to hear.”
Marty Miller will be on air from 2pm – 6pm, Monday to Friday and from 10am – 2pm on Saturday.
Hugh O’Brien was one of the first DJs on the original Radio Nova where he was known for “Rockin the Bay” every weekend. He is an accomplished broadcaster and is continuing his radio legacy with his 10am Sunday morning slot ‘Breakfast with the Beatles’, which will also features music from some of the world’s best known artists from the Beatles era.
Robbie Foy will host a Sunday Irish-language chat and music show – ‘Luascadh de Domhnaigh’. Robbie has appeared in numerous documentaries and films on TG4 and would describe his own musical tastes as mid-sixties to early seventies rock, blues, psychedelia, glam and punk. He also says “I won’t hear a bad word said about Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Okay?”
Pat James started his radio career on Radio Dublin. He says his one claim to fame is that he gave U2 their first radio interview and then went on to work with them for a number of years. If he could choose any tagline he would pick “Music is what makes the bad times good and the good times better. Amen”. Pat will broadcast from 10pm on Sunday nights.
Test broadcasts commenced this evening for the station.
The line-up in full:-
Mondays – Fridays
6am Nova at Breakfast with Pat Courtenay
10am Greg Gaughran
2pm Marty Miller
6pm The Rock Report with Thomas Walsh
7pm – Midnight Nova Nights with Enda Murphy
6am Toys for Boyz with Greg Gaughran
8am Nova at Breakfast – Reheated
10am Marty Miller
2pm Rock ‘N’ Goal Show with Mike Maloney
6pm Weekends with Wakeman
8pm – Midnight Carol Dooley
6am Luascadh de Domhnaigh with Robbie Foy
8am Flashback with Breffni Clack
10am -12noon Breakfast With The Beatles with Hugh O’Brien
12noon Enda Murphy
2pm Rock ‘N’ Goal Show with Mike Maloney
6pm Locals Only Carol Dooley with Barry Egan
8pm Rock Classics with Steve Downes
10pm – 1am Off The Record with Pat James