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Travel FM

Travel FM was one of the more unique stations to broadcast in Dublin. On air on a temporary basis in 1999 the station was a collaboration between Dublin Corporation and the Gardaí which broadcast traffic news around the clock – with music aired in the 7am-7pm off-peak hours.

The station ran for 8 weeks from May 10th on 106.8MHz. Unlike any other station, Travel FM opted not to use a live presenter. Instead, they used a number of pre-recorded voices (including Bob Gallico) who had recorded thousands of stock traffic-related words and phrases which were pieced together to provide on-air updates.

The city’s traffic was monitored using Dublin Corporation CCTV cameras and a Garda helicopter. The information was utilised by the station allowing them to provide information on traffic congestion and accidents, delays caused by special events such as football matches or concerts and parking availability in multi-storey car parks. Public transport updates were also aired.

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