The DJ ABC was a headline in The Sunday Press dated September 30th 1979
RTÉ Radio 2
Pirates going all out in a bid to hold audiences was a newspaper headline from The Evening Press dated January 31st 1980
The Hot Press dated February 10th 1984
The Hot Press dated February 10th 1984
Pirates Put RTÉ Radio in a Spot was a newspaper headline from The Irish Independent dated January 7th 1988
Who will you be tuning in to? was a newspaper headline from The Irish Independent dated February 17th 1988
Gerry’s Angels is a headline from The Irish Press from January 9th 1989.
RTÉ Radio 2 gears up for the rivals was a headline from The Evening Herald dated February 4th 1989.
Ex-pirates throw DJs into a spin was a headline from The Irish Independent dated February 6th 1989.
It’s Moloney the nighthawk was a headline from The Evening Herald dated February 19th 1993.
Once a Sligo pirate, now the Queen of 2FM was a headline from The Sligo Champion dated April 9th 1993.
New kid on radio bloc was a headline from The Evening Herald dated July 19th 1999.
2FM’s much-hyped reshuffle starts on Monday and – hey – they’ve got a new logo! That’s about it really.
The ‘new’ schedule looks like this: 6am Ruth Scott….7am Damien McCaul….9am Gerry Ryan (big change!)…12 Larry Gogan, whose shirts are annoying even on radio! Hasn’t Larry been in this time-slot broadcasting to the dinosaurs? Yep, it’s major reshuffle time at 2FM…2pm new time (sic) for Gareth O’Callaghan…hope he settles in!…5pm Tony Fenton (“On the Radio” it says here – thanks for clearing that up guys)…7pm Dusty Rhodes….9pm Dave Fanning…11pm Uaneen Fitzsimons…2am World Web Radio……it’s going to take us an age to get used to these changes!
2FM’S relaunch was allegedly pre-empted by a hacked attack on their site which has now also been relaunched. A new fresh sound (it says here) but has anybody else noticed the similarity between 2FM’s new jingle package and that of BBC Radio 1’s?
2FM have filled the slot left vacant by the tragic death of Uaneen Fitzsimons last year, Mark Johnson reports. Mark McCabe will be on air from 11am until midnight followed by Ruth Scott until 2am.
2FM presenter Gerry Ryan is considering a move to the station’s main rivals Today FM. That’s according to today’s Star newspaper. RTÉ radio boss Helen Shaw has described the likelihood of Ryan leaving as ‘highly improbable’.
One of the top radio personalities in the country has shocked 2FM by handing in his notice. Tony Fenton, whose Drivetime show is the second highest rated in Ireland, will present his last show on the station on March 6th.
Tony has been with RTÉ’s national pop station for 18 years and is leaving with the blessing of station head John Clarke, with whom he also shares a pirate radio past.
In an interview with the Sunday World, Tony confirms that he’s had a couple of radio offers, one from inside Ireland, the other from outside the country.
“I need a fresh challenge. The two offers have really excited me,” he said. “I feel now is the time to leave 2FM while I’m still on top.”
Another 2FM presenter, Dusty Rhodes , had already announced that he was quitting his ‘Most Wanted’ programme in the summer to concentrate on other business interests.
Transition year project on 2FM
Medium wave transmission of RTÉ 2FM is set to close on Monday. This is according to engineering announcements which are interrupting the station’s medium wave service every hour advising of the impending closure. The announcements are being aired on both of the two remaining 2FM medium wave transmitters – 612kHz from the historic Athlone transmitter site, and the low-powered Cork transmitter on 1278kHz. The transmitter serving Dublin on 1278kHz was closed last December.
Dave Redmond is joining RTÉ 2FM to present their early morning breakfast show. Dave presently works the afternoons for Dublin station Q102 having moved there from Wexford’s South East Radio. He moved to the south-east following a spell with East Coast FM in Wicklow. Dave will be linking up with his new colleagues in the coming weeks.
Case of Marty and the moral cowards
Ryan is playing ‘a dangerous game’