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.