Seán Ashmore has been appointed as CEO at 106.8FM Dublin’s Country. Sean has previously worked with Live 95FM in Limerick, and makes the short-hop ‘across the corridor’ from Wicklow’s East Coast FM to take up his new post. East Coast and Dublin’s Country are based in the same building in Bray.
Speaking to Radiowaves News this afternoon, the station’s PD Robert Walshe confirmed the appointment. “I am delighted at the prospect of working with Sean,” he said. “His experience speaks for itself. His success to date and his undoubted expertise makes this an exciting and ambitious move for Dublin’s Country.”
Robert is certain that Dublin’s Country can make even more significant gains with Seán at the helm.
Also speaking to Radiowaves News today, Seán himself expressed his happiness at the move. He said: “I’m delighted to be joining Dublin’s Country 106.8FM as CEO. The station clearly has a very bright future. Significant progress has been made in the past year, both in terms of programming and sales. There’s some great broadcasting talent on-air and we have some very exciting plans for the station in the coming months and I’m confident that the current year will see more surprises and improvements being made.”
The newly-created position of CEO will cement the station’s management structure following the departure of Padraig O Dwyer to new Kildare station KFM. Padraig had been Commercial Manager at the niche-music station.
Former 98FM talk-show host Niall Boylan will shortly join the exciting line-up of presenters at 106.8FM Dublin’s Country. Niall departed 98FM under mysterious circumstances but will no doubt welcome the opportunity to unleash his undoubted talent onto Dublin’s airwaves once more. A time slot for his new show has yet to be announced.
Station’s plans to rebrand as ‘Star’ are up in the air
A disgruntled country music fan has launched a campaign against Dublin’s Country. Robert Stevens, who lives in Rathfarnham in south Dublin, describes himself as an ordinary country music fan who is extremely angry at what he sees as a waste of a country music radio licence.
“I can’t believe that the BCI allow the people who own Dublin’s Country to carry on the way they are and effectively misuse their licence,” he says. “I am tired of running up phone bills streaming good country music stations from the USA.”
Robert says he wrote to the station last July, and frustrated at the lack of response, he has launched an online petition to ‘to try to get the BCI and Star Broadcasting to stop wasting Dublin’s only country licence’.
The petition can be viewed at http://www.petitiononline.com/1068fm/petition.html.
Two of Dublin’s top commercial stations have launched virtually identical competitions which are based on an American tv show. 98FM is looking for Dublin’s ‘Most Desperate Housewives’ whilst at the same time Q102 is seeking ‘Desperate Dublin Housewives’.
Both competitions call on housewives in the area who are desperate to do anything to win cash prizes.
Both competitions are being run by the station’s respective breakfast show teams.
And both competitions have almost identical blurbs accompanying the launch on the stations’ websites…whilst 98FM ask whether you would “walk down Grafton St in your underwear” to win thousands of euro, Q102 ask if you’re desperate enough to “walk naked down Grafton Street” for just one thousand euro. Q102 wonder whether you’d “bungee jump off a crane over the Liffey for 10 Grand?”, but 98FM ask if you’re desperate enough to “swim the Liffey in a chicken suit?”
98FM’s promotion is running for four weeks, the idea is that women will be pitted against each other in a series of challenges, and the woman desperate enough to do it for the least amount of cash – wins that amount.