Today FM


Today FM

Infobox Radio Station
name = Today FM


city =
area = National Ireland
branding =
slogan = 100 to 102 Today FM
airdate = March 17 1997
frequency = 100-101.8 (105.5 north east) MHz
Digital terrestrial television
DAB digital radio
format = Contemporary
power =
erp =
class =
callsign_meaning =
owner = Communicorp
website = [http://www.todayfm.com www.todayfm.com]

"For the similarly named Australian radio station, see" 2Day FM

Radio Ireland Ltd, trading as 100-102 Today FM is an Irish commercial FM radio station. The station, which commenced broadcasting on Saint Patrick's Day in 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 Ireland to the year 2017. [http://www.bci.ie/news_information/press174.html]

History

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 Commission did 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

In 2002, Scottish Radio Holdings plc acquired Radio Ireland Limited from its shareholders. In June 2005, an agreed takeover offer for that company was made by EMAP plc.

On 16 July 2007 it was announced that Denis O'Brien's Communicorp had 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 Ireland approval. Should the sale be approved, both FM104 and 98FM would 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 Authority investigation is currently ongoing, and as of November 2007 it is by no means yet certain that the sale will proceed.

Relocation

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 Dempsey and Tom Dunne spent hours recreating the iconic picture used for the cover of the Beatles 11th 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 Cauley from 7 p.m. The first song played was "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Shows

The station airs a mixture of popular music and news and current affairs programming. The flagship current affairs programme is Matt Cooper's "The Last Word". The latest JNLR figures 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 Dempsey Breakfast Show", which is performed by Mario Rosenstock and includes a popular caricature of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. DJs at the station include Meteor award winners Ray Foley and Ray D'Arcy, as well as Ann Marie Kelly,Tony Fenton, Phil Cawley and Tim Kelly. Alison Curtis offers 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.

See also

* Tracey Lee
* Alice Cooper "(Nights with Alice Cooper)"
* List of Irish radio stations
* List of Irish companies
* Tom Hardy (broadcaster)

References

External links

* [http://www.todayfm.com Official site]


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