- Today FM
Infobox Radio Station
name = Today FM
area = National Ireland
slogan = 100 to 102 Today FM
March 17 1997
frequency = 100-101.8 (105.5 north east)
Digital terrestrial television
DAB digital radio
format = Contemporary
website = [http://www.todayfm.com www.todayfm.com]
"For the similarly named
Australian radiostation, see" 2Day FM
Radio Ireland Ltd, trading as 100-102 Today FM is an Irish commercial FM
radio station. The station, which commenced broadcastingon Saint Patrick's Dayin 1997, can be received nationally and carries a mix of music and talk. Recently purchased by Denis O'Brien's Communicorp Group Ltd, Today FM holds a licence from the Broadcasting Commission of Irelandto the year 2017. [http://www.bci.ie/news_information/press174.html]
Origin: Radio Ireland
The original Independent National Radio franchise holder in Ireland was 100-102
Century Radio, which launched in 1989 and closed down abruptly in late 1991. The Independent Radio and Television Commissiondid not re-advertise the contract for several years, until 1996.
Radio Ireland Limited, originally owned by John McColgan and
Moya Doherty(and because of their involvement, dubbed "Radio Riverdance"), won the contract when it was advertised. The station went on air on 17th March 1997. At first the station was a mixed network, airing much talk programming and various types of music. However after disastrous ratings, the station was revamped, and on 1st January 1998 became 100-102 Today FM. The station axed almost all of its programming and changed its music policy entirely. The IRTC went along with the schedule changes, though in a statement soon after the relaunch said it was not entirely satisfied with the new schedule. However, within three months, the station's listenership had almost doubled.
Exchanges of ownership
Scottish Radio Holdingsplc acquired Radio Ireland Limited from its shareholders. In June 2005, an agreed takeover offer for that company was made by EMAPplc.
16 July 2007it was announced that Denis O'Brien's Communicorphad agreed to purchase FM104, along with national station Today FM and Donegal station Highland Radio. The sale is however subject to both Competition Authority and Broadcasting Commission of Irelandapproval. Should the sale be approved, both FM104 and 98FMwould be owned by the same company. [cite news | url = http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0716/obriend.html | title = O'Brien's company buys Irish radio stations | publisher = RTÉ | date = 2007-07-16] [cite news | url = http://www.emap.com/press-office-item.asp?Resource=2834 | title = Sale of Republic of Ireland radio stations | publisher = EMAP | date = 2007-07-16]
On October 8 2007,
Communicorp's takeover of Today FM was approved by the BCI. [ [http://www.radiowaves.fm/newsart/071008emap.html RADIOWAVES: Radio News from Ireland and beyond ] ] However the Competition Authorityinvestigation is currently ongoing, and as of November 2007 it is by no means yet certain that the sale will proceed.
In 2008, Today FM moved their studios from their original base at 112 Upper Abbey Street, Dublin across the Liffey to Marconi House in Digges Lane,
Dublin 2. Presenters Matt Cooper, Ray D'Arcy, Ian Dempseyand Tom Dunnespent hours recreating the iconic picture used for the cover of the Beatles11th album, "Abbey Road" to publicise their move. [cite web|url=http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/radio-heads-follow-the-fab-four-1301501.html|title="Radio heads follow the fab four|date=2008-02-28|accessdate=2008-03-16|publisher=" Irish Independent"] On February 29 2008, Matt Cooper's "The Last Word" was the final show to be presented from the old studios. The first show to be presented from the new studios was "Friday Night 80s" with Phil Cauleyfrom 7 p.m. The first song played was "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
The station airs a mixture of
popular musicand newsand current affairsprogramming. The flagship current affairs programme is Matt Cooper's "The Last Word". The latest JNLRfigures revealed that his programme enjoyed a listenership of 215,000, over-taking RTÉ Radio 1’s "Drivetime" for the first time ever. "The Last Word" is followed from Monday until Thursday by Tom Dunne's "Pet Sounds".
Of note is the stations satirical slot, "
Gift Grub", a feature broadcast during the " Ian DempseyBreakfast Show", which is performed by Mario Rosenstockand includes a popular caricature of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. DJs at the station include Meteor award winners Ray Foleyand Ray D'Arcy, as well as Ann Marie Kelly, Tony Fenton, Phil Cawleyand Tim Kelly. Alison Curtisoffers something for the indie listener with her Sunday night music show, "The Last Splash".
Today FM broadcasts 24-hours a day, however from around 02:00 until 05:00 on weekdays and 01:00 until 06:00/07:00 on weekends, the station just broadcasts back-to-back music overnight with no presenters or programmes. This has been done by most Irish radio stations, usually to save costs in employing overnight presenters and technicians.
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