Friday, February 27, 2009

4FM - Ireland's newest radio station - launch in Dublin today

Another day, another event. This time it's not one I had even known about but apparently there's a new Radio Station in Ireland launching called 4FM.


4FM is Ireland’s new multi-city radio station, broadcasting to counties Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Clare.

The station is built on four key programme elements - music, entertainment, news and talk.
I literally found out about this from the lobby of our building, introduced myself and was invited up for a look.

Wandering around the new studios, conveniently located in the same building as we are, it's obvious that the team behind this have put some serious thought and money into how it's going to be run.

Boasting such names as Dr Mary Redmond as Chairperson and backers including Fox Radio, Thomas Crosbie Holdings, The Irish Times, Vienna Investments and Bay Broadcasting, they have spared little expense in kitting out an entire floor with two studios, meeting rooms, lots of office space and a view from the balcony to envy.



Some of the presenters already signed up are Derek Davis (Sunday programme), Gareth O' Callaghan (weekday breakfast show), Jimmy Greeley (weekday music show), Damien Kiberd ("issues of the day"), Brian McColl (afternoon music), Gerry Stevens (the best of the 60s and 70s), Tom McGurk (Drivetime news) and a host of others, including Bill Hughes doing a show on the music from Broadway and the West End.



The management team is Chief Executive Martin Block, co-founder of FM104 and Lite FM, Programme Director Al Dunne, formerly of Atlantic 252 and Lite FM, Finance director Howard Block, co-founder of Lite FM and Dave Hammond, the Sales and Marketing Director and, from talking to him, seems a very approachable guy indeed.
We guarantee to play the richest mix of music you’ll hear on the radio, as well as a unique blend of programming with upbeat music truly at its heart.

With a repertoire covering more than 50 years, 4FM plays the widest selection of music on the radio - from classic and mainstream songs to a specialist portfolio including jazz, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, standards, music from the movies and musicals, as well as motown, MOR and soft ballads.
They've got the ways people in Clare, Cork city and county, Dublin city and county (which includes Naas on their site for some reason), Galway city and county and Limerick up on their website as well as the promise that listening live on the web is coming soon.

It's going to be an interesting one. Wonder if they need any contributors...

19 comments:

  1. Saw 4FM popping up on the radio leaving Cork after the awards last Saturday, hadn't heard anything about it until then.

    Trust you to just "stumble" into the launch by accident :)

    Looking forward to seeing how they approach the web for the station.

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  2. Broadcasting to all the major cities and...Clare. Presumably it's only there by dint of being close to Limerick. and are they not bothered with Waterford and Kilkenny? One transmitter would cover the two of those, I would think.

    Still, good luck to them trying to make money out of it 'the current ecomomic climate', as they say.

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  3. Strange time to start up a new radio station, but stranger things have happened.
    I live in Donegal. What's a city?
    I always liked Gareth O Callaghan when he was on 2fm.

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  4. "The station is built on four key programme elements - music, entertainment, news and talk."

    A radical new listening experience so lol

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  5. I heard about the launch before I went to Dublin. Must try listening on the net, no chance otherwise.

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  6. Saw this over weekend - skipped on by it though. I though Tom McGurk presented on RTE radio as well - might be a sideline!! Will tune in and give it a listen.

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  7. Jennifer said...
    What's a city?

    Not Waterford clearly!

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  8. Its always the same Boys and Girls
    that go on Air, love to talk the talk.

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  9. When will we ever hear a really well articulated Femail Voice on the Airwaves again.
    They seem to be all How wa yas. Wanna be's or else has beens Like east coast radio

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  10. There should be more Job opportunities
    allowed to other professionals other than the same names all the Time . There has got to be really good articulated Voices out there..

    No doubt its who you know , imagine having
    to audition with Joe Harrington at east Coast
    oh dear God, Jesus christ or God forbid David dennehey they both need their Noses Unblocked.
    always sniffing, saliva sounds, always making mistakes with Vocabulary. If your a female tell Joe you will sleep with him and your on.. Thats how colette Fitz got on before TV3.

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  11. great station ,but we can't get it in waterford. mattie dungarvan

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  12. hOW COME OK ITS NOT BAD FOR LISTENERS, BUT WHY THE SAME NAMES ALL THE TIME..IS THAT JUS KEVIN BRANNIGAN TRYING YO LOOK GOOD
    STOP AND THINK...NO MORE jOE h.
    OR d. denn as a buddy ;maybe for the rchard Pub in stillorgan But create jobs,,.

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  13. Vikki east coast10 March 2009 at 21:26

    I have such a great storie to reveal
    all the guys had some dealing or another with the Pirate eamonn Cooke, Radio Dublin.

    now in Prison for going mad.

    Radio heads shud have a March get all the guys to come the real DJ'S

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  14. Hiya Vikki you used to do after Dark
    on east coast radio, brillian that was where are you now
    we could go back with 102 sunday night after dark
    get rid of Scottl williams. he used to have a crush on you..hes so boreing now, loves to talk the talk

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  15. Its a great station the presenters are professional and for once articulate, they dont love themselves
    just professionals, and not howa yas.
    Love a slot kevin

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  16. ned Curley Curley's Chemist10 March 2009 at 21:36

    Cant get this in Mayo- Bally haunis
    we need to suffer mid west at night
    not enough romance on the airwavws at night,, But we can get Country 106 fm.great sounds Bill McLoughlin
    horney music get ye goin in the mood like

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  17. GP. MIRIAM DUNNE12 March 2009 at 22:11

    JUST WONDERING WHEN ALL THE DOM ANS GLOOM IS GOING TO END WITH SCOTT WILIAMS. IS SHOW IS BOREING WITH HIS LITTLE VENEZIA QUICKIE,
    ALWAY NEED TO TURN OFF AT SURGERY..
    4 FM MUCH MORE SOPHISFITICATED
    AND NOT TO MENTIO THIS BOREING LITTLE PIECE ON cv 'S ETC..
    SICK OF IT ALL .. sCOTT YOUR CONDESCENDING AND A mALE CAUVINIST PIG.

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  18. we had such crack at east coast as Gaeigle,
    do you remember tuesday Talk and the crack with Guests. Chris doyle etc he was great as well

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  19. 4fm great ,, but east coast better and more halarious, more natural chat shows, do you remember Fidelma bill
    her scream the night I came into the studio. Id Love a show like that back on again

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