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LMFM Announces New Loose Talk Presenter

LMFM Radio has announced that ‘Loose Talk’, which is a former winner of the PPI Local Radio Programme Of The Year, will return to the air next Monday with a new presenter, Michael Reade, at the helm.
Announcing the return of the Current Affairs programme to the autumn schedule, the station’s Programme Controller, Eamonn Doyle said: “Following the departure of Paul McGuire to RTÉ, we were determined to find a presenter who would be capable of taking on local, national, and international issues in the pulsating manner which our audience has become accustomed to.”
Reade, formerly of Midlands Radio 3, Tipp FM, and Independent Network News, is a native of Dublin and has over twenty-year’s experience on-air on both Irish and European radio stations. The appointment follows much speculation over who would get the position, and Doyle continued by saying: “Michael is a polished broadcaster and a talented interviewer. The research team have been in place on this programme for several years and we believe our listeners will be pleasantly surprised with the fresh approach that Michael is taking with the programme.”
On taking up his new position with LMFM Radio, Reade said: “I look forward to working with the talented ‘Loose Talk’ team. We will continue to provide a platform for debate and we will facilitate the views of local people on local and global issues. Loose Talk will be unique in Louth/Meath as our brief is to cover the matters of importance to our local audience. In time people will judge my own performance and I hope they will see me as inquisitive and intent on getting answers.”

Kiss, Wild Raided

North-east stations Kiss FM and Wild Country were both raided by ComReg this afternoon. The regulators took thousands of euro worth of equipment, forcing both stations off the air. Both Kiss FM and Wild Country are operated by the same group.
Other unlicensed stations in the area switched off as a precaution against raids.
According to eye-witness accounts, ComReg also paid a visit to Clanrye FM’s site. The station’s elderly operator had taken his gear out of his hut – which is in the field next to Kiss FM’s site – during the Kiss raid and hid the transmitter in some gorse bushes. This was taken following a search by the ComReg officials. Although no search warrant was produced, they also took a Denon tuner from Clanrye’s hut.
Clanrye had only returned to air last Thursday following a theft two weeks ago in which they lost a brand new 300w rig.

Wild Country Have Been Tamed

Wild Country, the station broadcasting from Louth on 103.6MHz, today had their transmission site raided by officials from ComReg and An Garda Síochána.

The site, located at Edentupper, received the visit at around 11.30am. Transmissions ceased minutes later. Equipment valued at €16,000 was taken.

The station have since issued a statement:-
“While we fully acknowledge that our station was operating without a licence, it has filled a valuable void which has been left for local radio, particularly in the South Armagh and Down areas since the departure of Q radio from their Newry Studio.

“We had been broadcasting the public health advisories on Covid-19 twice an hour for both North and South and if the reaction to our station over the lockdown is anything to go by, we feel we have made this difficult period easier for our listeners by providing Irish and American country music around the clock.

“Alas, this came to an end today. Why it took 6 members of ComReg, together with Gardai to do this we will never understand, when a simple phone call to us from the authorities would have sufficed.

“We would like to thank our many listeners and assure them that our station will continue online via the radiogarden app.”