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Ian Dempsey
Ian Dempsey
(born 16 January 1961) is an Irish presenter of television and breakfast radio. He is the long-running presenter of the breakfast show on Today FM, self-titled The Ian Dempsey
Ian Dempsey
Breakfast Show, which runs from 7-9am each weekday. He has won several major awards for his programmes[1] and was the Republic of Ireland's tenth most-listened-to broadcaster in 2007.[2] On 9 June 2010, he co-hosted the opening ceremony of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games Irish heats at Thomond Park
Thomond Park
with Des Cahill.[3]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 RTÉ 2.2 Today FM

3 Personal life 4 Awards 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit]

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Dempsey began his first experiments in radio in 1967 when at the age of six he made his first radio show in a friend's house. In 1978 he joined Dublin
Dublin
pirate station Capitol Radio, and later worked for Alternative Radio Dublin
Dublin
and Radio 257. Career[edit] RTÉ[edit]

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On 29 February 1980, he joined the national broadcaster, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), to present The Weekend Breakfast Show on RTÉ
RTÉ
2fm, and later, shows such as Poparama, The Hotline, Night Train and The Great Giveaway Show.[4] Dempsey later hosted the lunchtime show before moving to the breakfast slot in the mid-1980s. He picked up where Marty Whelan had left off, engaging the audience with his natural personality, a world apart from the 'jocks' that stalked the Radio Centre in Montrose at the time. Apart from a brief time off breakfast following 2fm's 1989 relaunch, he has remained on early mornings since. Maxi was placed on the breakfast show at that time, but, after a few weeks, it was apparent to all that her style was not suited to the format; Dempsey was promptly reinstated. 1986 saw Dempsey's first major exposure to television, with the children's show Dempsey's Den, which also gave the alien twin puppets Zig and Zag their first break to the small screen. Noted for his choice of brightly coloured jumpers, Dempsey presented The Den until the summer of 1990 and later reflected on his time at the helm in a 2008 RTÉ
RTÉ
documentary.[5] He also worked on various TV shows including the pop music quiz show Number 1 and three seasons of The Beatbox, a two-hour music video show simulcast on Network 2 and RTÉ
RTÉ
2fm. He was also the first host of the Irish version of Talkabout.[6] Dempsey weathered the storm of the advent of independent radio in Ireland
Ireland
on RTÉ
RTÉ
2fm breakfast. His style was informal and relaxed. His rapport with Des Cahill was particularly strong. John Clarke, later head of RTÉ
RTÉ
2fm, produced the show and occasionally deputized. Today FM[edit] Dempsey shocked the Irish radio world in 1998 by announcing a move to the newly relaunched Today FM. He had been tempted by a sizable salary package to join the station that 12 months beforehand had languished with a minimal JNLR result. He left RTÉ
RTÉ
for Today FM in July 1998 and since late September 1998 (when his breakfast show was launched) he has worked at the station with his Gift Grub team providing comedic value. 2fm have struggled to find a suitable replacement ever since. Attempts have included Hector Ó hEochagáin, Ryan Tubridy, Colm Hayes and Marty Whelan in recent years. When the move was announced he was refused entry to the Montrose campus and publicly complained that over 20,000 albums of his were not returned to him by RTÉ. In recent years it has been widely reported that 2fm have tried to tempt him back. In 2007 Dempsey started presenting an online radio show for Irish people abroad called The Craic. Dempsey appeared on The Restaurant where he bamboozled the critics with his Mini Bloody Mary Burgers, JFK's Lidded Lobster Soup, Swedish Meatballs, Tagliatelle with Lightly Curried Prawns, Deeply Bitter Chocolate Mousse and a dish he called "The Bomb".[7][8] In late August 2015 Dempsey and Today FM colleague Louise Duffy presented The Seven O’Clock Show on TV3 filling in for usual hosts Martin King and Lucy Kennedy.[9] Personal life[edit] Dempsey lives in Sutton, Dublin. He is married to Ger and has three children.[10] Evan is a member of the band The Kapitals who have played the Oxegen Festival
Oxegen Festival
twice while Shane works as an engineer for Today FM.[citation needed] Awards[edit] Dempsey was nominated in the category of Best Radio DJ - National at the 2010 Meteor Awards.[11] On 16 September 2016, it was announced that Dempsey had been inducted into the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame along with RTE 2FM DJ Dave Fanning and South East Radio's Eamonn Buttle and Downtown Radio's Trevor Campbell.[citation needed]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2010 Ian Dempsey Best Radio DJ - National Nominated

References[edit]

^ "National DJ nominations". Retrieved 24 October 2008. ^ "RTÉ's grip on top 10 loosens as second Today FM show makes list". The Irish Times. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2008.  ^ "Limerick prepares to host Special
Special
Olympics". RTÉ. 9 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2010.  ^ "'Mischievous' welcome note from mentor Gerry Ryan
Gerry Ryan
is still treasured by Ian Dempsey". 2 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.  ^ Neville, Sarah (21 October 2008). "Zig and Zag return to TV for 21st anniversary". Evening Herald. Retrieved 22 October 2008.  ^ "TV Listings: RTÉ
RTÉ
One". RTÉ
RTÉ
One. 26 January 1991. Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.  ^ "Ian Dempsey". The Restaurant. Archived from the original on 2 March 2015.  ^ "Ian Dempsey's Menu". The Restaurant. Archived from the original on 2 March 2015.  ^ "It's a long time since the Den, but Ian Dempsey
Ian Dempsey
is back on telly!". evoke.ie. 24 August 2015.  ^ Borrill, Rachel (5 March 2011). "A gift for radio". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2011.  ^ "Meteor Ireland
Ireland
Awards Nominees". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 

External links[edit]

Official website of The Ian Dempsey
Ian Dempsey
Breakfast Show 2009 ski trip of The Ian Dempsey
Ian Dempsey
Breakfast Show

Preceded by Marty Whelan RTÉ
RTÉ
2fm's breakfast show 1988 – 1998 Succeeded by Gareth O'Callaghan

v t e

The Den

Presenters

Ian Dempsey Ray D'Arcy Damien McCaul

Others

Liz Bonnin Don Conroy Dustin Emma Ledden Geri Maye Emma O'Driscoll Podge and Rodge Simon Young Zig and Zag

Programming

Draw with Don Echo Island The Grip Soky's Big Little Morning Show The Works The Yes-No Game Show

Related

2Phat A Scare at Bedtime List of Dustin's Daily News episodes List of The Once a Week Show episodes

v t e

Today FM

Formerly known as Radio Ireland
Ireland
Limited

Ownership history

John McColgan and Moya Doherty (1997–2002) Scottish Radio Holdings (2002–2007) Communicorp
Communicorp
and Denis O'Brien (2007–present)

Notable incidents

Brian Cowen nude portraits controversy
Brian Cowen nude portraits controversy
(2009) Sacking of Sam Smyth (2011)

Presenters

Current

Matt Cooper Dave Couse Ian Dempsey Paul McLoone Declan Meehan Al Porter

Former

Philip Boucher-Hayes Mark Byrne Mark Cagney Enda Caldwell Oliver Callan Alison Curtis Ray D'Arcy Donal Dineen Tom Dunne Eamon Dunphy Tony Fenton John Kelly Martin King Jim McCabe Emily O'Reilly John Ryan Sam Smyth

Shows

Current

The Ian Dempsey
Ian Dempsey
Breakfast Show The Last Word Premier League
Premier League
Live The Sunday Business Show

Former

Classic Gold Sunday The Essential Series Here Comes the Night The Last Splash The Ray D'Arcy
Ray D'Arcy
Show Pet Sounds Small Hours The Sunday Supplement Today FM Top 40

Other contributors

Tony Cascarino Paul Collins John Duggan Mairead Farrell Colette Fitzpatrick Quentin Fottrell Ann Gleeson Will Hanafin Eddie Hayes Maeve Higgins Jenny Kelly Mark Lawrenson Jennifer Maguire Adelle McDonnell Pixie McKenna Michael McMullan Arthur Murphy (Emailbag) Bernard O'Shea Conor Pope Mario Rosenstock

Craic agus ceol

Even Better Than the Disco Thing Even Better Than the Real Thing

1 2 3

Gift Grub José and his Amazing Technicolor Overcoat Gift Grub 6: The Special
Special
One

Marconi House, Digges Lane, Dublin
Dublin
2

v t e

RTÉ
RTÉ
2fm

Presenters

Weekday

Alan McQuillan Bernard O'Shea Jennifer Maguire Keith Walsh Nicky Byrne Jenny Greene Tracy Clifford Eoghan McDermott Louise McSharry Chris Greene Ciara King Dan Hegarty Cormac Battle Blathnaid Treacy Mo-K

Weekend

Stephen Byrne Rick O'Shea Michael Cahill Dave Clarke Dave Fanning Larry Gogan Aidan Leonard Will Leahy Lottie Ryan Ruth Scott Mr. Spring

Former

Jay Ahern* Bazil Ashmawy Mark Cagney Ronan Collins Ian Dempsey Leo J. Enright BP Fallon Tony Fenton Jimmy Greeley Emilia Golightly Vincent Hanley Colm Hayes Nikki Hayes Avril Hoare Jenny Huston Lucy Kennedy Pat Kenny Michael Lyster Maxi Mark McCabe Damien McCaul Paddy McKenna Declan Meehan Mike Moloney Caroline Morahan Arthur Murphy Jim-Jim Nugent Gareth O'Callaghan Hector Ó hEochagáin Jim O'Neill Dave Redmond Gerry Ryan Gerry Stevens Tommy Tiernan Ryan Tubridy Marty Whelan Simon Young Denzil Lacey

Shows

Current

Black Echoes Breakfast Republic Chris and Ciara The Dave Fanning
Dave Fanning
Show Drive By Larry Gogan's Golden Hour

Former

The Beatbox Breakfast with Hector The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show The Colm and Lucy Show The Full Irish The Gerry Ryan
Gerry Ryan
Show Mailbag Marty in the Morning The Rick & Ruth Breakfast Show Smells Like Saturday Tubridy

Announcers and newsreaders

Kate Carolan Rachael English Jacqui Hurley Sinéad Ní Neachtain Barry O'Neill

Other contributors

Philip Boucher-Hayes Des Cahill Oliver Callan Brenda Donohue Eamon Horan Jenny Kelly Darren Kennedy Lucy Kennedy Fiona Looney Conor McNamara Evelyn O'Rourke Laura Woods

Heads

John Clarke John McMahon Dan Healy

Related

2fm 2moro 2our Death of Gerry Ryan "Maniac 2000" Nob Nation Operation Transformation Podcasts RTÉ
RTÉ
2XM

Other RTÉ
RTÉ
radio stations:

RTÉ
RTÉ
Radio 1 RTÉ
RTÉ
Raidió na Gaeltachta R

.