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DJ heads for Dublin

By Emer Connolly

County Sound is set to lose one of its popular presenters with the news that anchor man Robert Walshe is to leave the station, after ten years as a presenter.

Mr Walshe will leave the station where he has worked since its first day back in January 1990, to take up a job with new Dublin station LITE FM, which is set to take to the airwaves at the end of May.

Robert has become a well-known voice in County Sound’s 96FM and 103FM since he started work there ten years ago. He has presented both the early and mid-morning shows, and has played a major role in the development of the station from its humble beginnings to the popular status it currently holds.

“It’s a bit nostalgic really, having spent the past ten years working in County Sound. I have never worked in Dublin before. It will be a case of the Cork lad going off the the big smoke for the first time,’’ he quipped.

“LITE FM offered me a great package, which I couldn’t refuse and I am looking forward to the challenge. It will mean being listened to by 1 million people now, in contrast to the 100,000 in Cork,” he added

The highlight of his work over the past decade was the ‘day for Joanne O’Riordan’, a young Mill Street girl who was born with no arms or legs, a condition known as `total amelia’. After her plight was highlighted on RTE’s Kenny Live five years ago, Robert produced and co-ordinated a radio song with the late Oliver Reed, and raised £93,000 for the young girl in the process.