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 Breakfast Show, which
runs from 7-9am each weekday. He has won several major awards for his
programmes and was the Republic of Ireland's tenth most-listened-to
broadcaster in 2007.
On 9 June 2010, he co-hosted the opening ceremony of the 2011 Special
Olympics World Summer Games Irish heats at
Thomond Park with Des
1 Early life
2.2 Today FM
3 Personal life
6 External links
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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
Dublin pirate station Capitol Radio, and later worked for
Dublin and Radio 257.
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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 2fm, and later, shows such as Poparama, The Hotline, Night Train
and The Great Giveaway Show. Dempsey later hosted the lunchtime
show before moving to the breakfast slot in the mid-1980s. He picked
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
RTÉ documentary. 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 2fm. He was
also the first host of the Irish version of Talkabout.
Dempsey weathered the storm of the advent of independent radio in
RTÉ 2fm breakfast. His style was informal and relaxed. His
Des Cahill was particularly strong. John Clarke, later
RTÉ 2fm, produced the show and occasionally deputized.
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
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
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".
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.
Dempsey lives in Sutton, Dublin. He is married to Ger and has three
children. Evan is a member of the band The Kapitals who have
Oxegen Festival twice while Shane works as an engineer for
Today FM.
Dempsey was nominated in the category of Best Radio DJ - National at
the 2010 Meteor Awards.
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.
Best Radio DJ - National
^ "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 Olympics". RTÉ. 9 June 2010.
Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 9 June
^ "'Mischievous' welcome note from mentor
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 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
^ "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 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
Ireland Awards Nominees". RTÉ. Archived from the original
on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
Official website of The
Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show
2009 ski trip of The
Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show
RTÉ 2fm's breakfast show
1988 – 1998
Podge and Rodge
Zig and Zag
Draw with Don
Soky's Big Little Morning Show
The Yes-No Game Show
A Scare at Bedtime
List of Dustin's Daily News episodes
List of The Once a Week Show episodes
Formerly known as Radio
John McColgan and
Moya Doherty (1997–2002)
Scottish Radio Holdings (2002–2007)
Denis O'Brien (2007–present)
Brian Cowen nude portraits controversy
Brian Cowen nude portraits controversy (2009)
Sacking of Sam Smyth (2011)
Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show
The Last Word
Premier League Live
The Sunday Business Show
Classic Gold Sunday
The Essential Series
Here Comes the Night
The Last Splash
Ray D'Arcy Show
The Sunday Supplement
Today FM Top 40
Arthur Murphy (Emailbag)
Craic agus ceol
Even Better Than the Disco Thing
Even Better Than the Real Thing
José and his Amazing Technicolor Overcoat
Gift Grub 6: The
Marconi House, Digges Lane,
Leo J. Enright
Hector Ó hEochagáin
Chris and Ciara
Dave Fanning Show
Larry Gogan's Golden Hour
Breakfast with Hector
The Colm & Jim-Jim Breakfast Show
The Colm and Lucy Show
The Full Irish
Gerry Ryan Show
Marty in the Morning
The Rick & Ruth Breakfast Show
Smells Like Saturday
Sinéad Ní Neachtain
2fm 2moro 2our
Death of Gerry Ryan
RTÉ radio stations:
RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta