Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.
Here’s What Happened
Today FM presenters Dermot and Dave this week celebrated 20 years hosting together.
Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore had a special show to celebrate the occasion, with a number of celebrity guests making an appearance. Bono even sent the lads a card to say congratulations on the achievement.
“Time sure does fly when you’re having fun! We are beyond proud to be celebrating such a landmark achievement for us of 20 whole years on Irish radio. It’s hard to put into words just how much we’ve enjoyed every minute of it, but I think we can both say that it’s been a dream to work alongside a best friend for so many years!”Dermot and Dave speaking about being on air together for 20 years
203,000 people tune into Dermot and Dave on Today FM, so it seems the lads have really continued maintaining high numbers even after 20 years.
Congratulations on the milestone from us here at Radio Land, a fantastic achievement.
RTE launched their new season of programming across TV and Radio this week, but they also took the opportunity to highlight funding issues at the broadcaster.
The majority of programming announcements centred around television, with new drama’s like North Sea Connection and Clean Sweep being the centre piece’s. The expensive nature of this content led into Director General Dee Forbes speaking about how essential funding stability was.
Speaking to RTÉ News, Dee said that it was a day to celebrate Irish culture and programming, but she added that stable funding for the broadcaster is needed to ensure that more days like this will be held in the future.
It will be interesting to see if RTÉ gets a boost in funding in the budget, and if this boost will meet the recommendations of The Future of Media Commission.
Finally this week, FM104 is going through some changes, and they’ve only gone and hired Graham and Nathan from spin.
Graham and Nathan left the Fully Charged Breakfast show on Spin 1038 back in June, but are now going taking over drive time on FM104. This means the lads now work for Wireless Group instead of Bauer,
“We are unbelievably excited to be starting our new 104 DRIVE show soon on FM104. Not just because we are joining a station with such heritage, but also because breakfast radio has aged us terribly over the last 5 years – so much so our parents hardly recognise us! We will bring the same energy to this new show as we did to breakfast, and offer something a little bit different for the Dublin drivetime. As for what prizes we’ll be giving away, that’s up for debate. It could range from a car to a melted Snickers bar, the unpredictability is what makes it exciting. Chat to you again very soon.”Graham and Nathan speaking about their new show
We recently reported on Emma, Dave and Aisling taking over the Spin 1038 breakfast slot, you can read about that here.
Between the ever popular Strawberry Alarm Clock and this all new Drive Time show, FM104 looks like they have a really strong schedule on their hands. it will be interesting to see how the station does in JNLR books over the next while.