Rob G, the presenter of Energy 94’s afternoon show, is joining FM104 to present the Eye Opener slot between 5am and 7am daily. Rob, who has also worked with now-defunct Bray pirate Passion FM, will make his first appearance on FM104 on Tuesday 16th April – his farewell show on Energy will air next Wednesday. The Eye Opener will feature snippets from the previous day’s Strawberry Alarm Clock – the station’s Breakfast Show which will follow The Eye Opener each morning. FM104 broadcasts across Dublin City and County on 104.4MHz.
Top Dublin dance station Energy 94FM have announced that they will cease broadcasting on Saturday 16th February. Closedown is scheduled for 7pm. This comes as a result of ODTR pressure and an indication that this will will continue, leading to court action. The station broadcast on 94.1MHz.
Dublin dance station Energy 94FM is closing down – again. The station, which was bought and relaunched by Frank Kennedy following last February’s closedown, has failed to reach the heights experienced under its previous owners and is now calling it a day. Energy’s final live link was at 7pm this evening. Photo: Energy 94 studio courtesy of Mel Byrne
A new R’n’B station is about to launch on 99.1MHz in Dublin. Vibe FM will be live in the next few days and will feature presenters from now-defunct Energy 94FM. Promos for the new station are running on 99.1MHz. These have replaced the automated station Club FM.
The latest independent audience figures (RAJAR) released today show that an extra 17,000 listeners are tuning in every week to the Belfast-based Citybeat 96.7FM. This gives Citybeat the largest increase in audience of any local station within its transmission area. Overall 135,000 listeners are now tuning into the station each week.
Commenting on the figures, the Station Director Richard Collett said: “We are delighted that so many new listeners are now enjoying Citybeat. We believe in providing the music people want coupled with the news they need – all delivered by great presenters. It is particularly pleasing for us to see such substantial growth in our audience at a time when the Northern Ireland radio market has undergone significant changes with the launch of high profile competition. We believe these figures are also great news for all our advertisers, giving them an even greater platform to reach their customers.”
David Baker, who has been back on the Irish airwaves over the last few years as a swing jock at Q102 and KFM, has decided to return to the UK. He leaves Ireland this week with his family and is returning to Essex in south-east England where he will be hoping for a very swift return to broadcasting.
Speaking to Radiowaves News David (pictured below) said: “I’m sad to be going but really over the last few years there has been a severe lack of full-time opportunities here and that is the main reason behind my decision. I’d like to place on record my thanks to Q102 and KFM for the work I did get, I really enjoyed those two very different experiences; particularly at KFM where I was able to communicate with a true local Irish audience. My network is bigger in the UK so i fully expect to be back on air in the next few weeks. We gave it a good go here and I think if I hadn’t I’d have regretted it. I’ll be back for lots of weddings as that side of my work did very well but as most mobile jocks know you cannot exist on just this kind of work.”