Ireland Ltd, trading as 100-102 Today FM, is a commercial FM
radio station which is available nationally in Ireland.
Broadcasting since 17 March 1997 (Saint Patrick's Day), it carries
music and talk. Purchased by Denis O'Brien's
Communicorp in 2007,
Today FM holds a licence from the Broadcasting Authority of
far as the year 2027. The station recorded pretax profits of €7.4
million on a turnover of €19.4 million in early 2009, more than
twice what it was two years previously.
2 Broadcast history
4 Current presenters and shows
4.1 2014-present changes
5 Additional Stations
6 See also
8 External links
The original Independent National Radio franchise holder in the
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.
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.
Scottish Radio Holdings plc acquired Radio
from its shareholders. In June 2005, an agreed takeover offer for that
company was made by Emap. Denis O'Brien's
Communicorp was the highest
bidder for Emap's Irish operations when that company decided to sell
its radio stations, buying FM104,
Highland Radio and
Today FM on 14
July 2007. In October 2007, the Broadcasting Commission of
Ireland (BCI) approved Communicorp's proposed takeover of
Today FM and
Highland Radio, but not FM104. The deal was completed by January
2008. Due to a Competition Authority decision,
required to sell-on FM104, which it did (to UTV Media) immediately
upon its acquisition. The takeover closed in April 2008.
Today FM moved their studios from their original base at 112
Upper Abbey Street, Dublin, across the Liffey to Marconi House in
Dublin 2, where it shares the building with its
Communicorp sister station, Newstalk. The building also housed another
Communicorp station, Phantom (later TXFM), until it ceased
broadcasting in October 2016. In June 2017 it was announced that the
group's other Dublin-based stations,
98FM and Spin 1038, would also be
moving into the same premises.
The experienced broadcaster and radio programmer Tom Hardy served as
the station's Director of Programming from 1998 until January 2013,
when he was replaced by Martin McGuire. The position was later taken
up by the station's former evening presenter Colm O'Sullivan, now of
Cork's Red FM, and is now held by Adelle Nolan.
The station went on air, originally known as Radio Ireland, on St.
Patrick's Day, 17 March 1997. At first the station was a mixed
network, airing much talk programming and various types of music.
However, following six months of disastrous ratings, and with a
listenership of just 1%, the station was revamped, and on 1 January
1998 became 100-102 Today FM. The station axed almost all of its
programming and changed its music policy entirely. Eamon Dunphy's
co-host (Anne-Marie Hourihan) was axed, with him being heavily
promoted as a solo act and
Ian Dempsey and
Ray D'Arcy were poached
from arch-rivals RTÉ. 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.
Today FM reshuffled its daytime schedule in 2004, reducing The Ian
Dempsey Breakfast Show to add an extra hour to The
Ray D'Arcy Show so
that it could compete directly with rival, The Gerry Ryan Show.
Philip Cawley's afternoon show was reduced and
Tony Fenton was given a
In April 2006,
Ray D'Arcy conducted an interview with comedian Des
Bishop. Bishop joked about being gay. D'Arcy asked Bishop to provide
an "exclusive". Bishop said, "I'm gay... I'm not, but hey!" D'Arcy
said, "You're very comfortable with your sexuality?" Bishop said,
Derek Mooney are doing a show". The audience laughed.
D'Arcy moved to a commercial break before, he said, Bishop "outs
anyone else". The incident provoked much commentary in the media,
with the Sunday Independent observing "Instantly, the Irish-American
comedian was the villain of the piece and Derek was all over the front
Ray D'Arcy was also criticised for his choice of
On 29 February 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 Digges Lane studio was Friday Night 80s with Phil Cawley from
19:00. The first song played was "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" by
Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
Today FM had a crucial role in the Brian Cowen nude portraits
controversy of March 2009, specifically
Will Hanafin and The Ray
On 15 October 2011,
Today FM confirmed Sam Smyth's Sunday radio show
was being dropped. He had been presenting it for 14 years. Smyth had
previously offended his bosses by commenting in a newspaper and on
television about the
Moriarty Tribunal which criticised
Today FM owner
Denis O'Brien. Smyth said on air the next morning that he had been
told not to talk about the end of his show and stopped one of his
guests from talking about it too "before someone comes downstairs and
pulls a wire we better move onto something else." The National
Union of Journalists (NUJ) said it was concerned at the
development. The Irish Independent, of which
Denis O'Brien is a
leading shareholder, reported that Anton Savage was being lined up to
replace Sam Smyth.
Eamon Dunphy subsequently resigned from Today
FM's sister station Newstalk, in solidarity with Smyth and because, he
said, the radio station's management wanted "dissenting voices" such
Constantin Gurdgiev off the airwaves.
Today FM airs a mixture of popular music and news and current affairs
programming. Its main breakfast show is The
Ian Dempsey Breakfast
Show, followed by Dermot & Dave. Its afternoon host is Fergal
D'Arcy. The afternoon current affairs programme is The Last Word,
currently presented by Matt Cooper, followed by Louise Duffy with Lost
in Music, & finally Paul McLoone. Weekend shows include Saturday
Breakfast with Alison Curtis, Songs in the Key of Life with Nadine
Premier League Live. The most popular weekend show is The
Phil Cawley Show, produced by Jennifer Dollard.
Of note is the station's satirical slot, Gift Grub, a feature
broadcast during The
Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show, which is performed by
Mario Rosenstock and includes popular caricatures of former Taoiseach
Enda Kenny, former
Tánaiste Joan Burton, and singers Daniel O'Donnell
and Keith Duffy.
Other occasional presenters at the station include Shelly Gray,
Muireann O'Connell, Tara Harrison. and Declan Pierce.
Former presenters of Radio Ireland/
Today FM include Philip
Boucher-Hayes, Mark Byrne, Mark Cagney, Enda Caldwell, Breffni Clack,
Tom Dunne (Pet Sounds),
Eamon Dunphy (original presenter
of The Last Word), Tony Fenton, Derek Flood, Bob Gallico, Tommy
Greene, Anne-Marie Hourihan (originally Eamon Dunphy's co-host), Bill
Hughes, Robbie Irwin (weekend sports programs presenter), Mark
Kavanagh (dance show), Ann Marie Kelly, John Kelly, Tim Kelly, Stephen
Keogh, Tracey Lee, Nails Mahoney (briefly), Marty Miller (now of Radio
Nova 100FM), the late Dermot Morgan, Paddy Murray and Liam Mackey
(Murray and Mackey), Ian Noctor (newsreader who also for a period
presented Dad Rock), Ed Myers, Jim O'Neill, Paul Power, Ita Ryan (The
Celtic Reel), John Ryan (original presenter of The Sunday Supplement),
Donal Scannell, Jon Troy (Between The Sheets - love songs), Ray Foley,
Karl Tsigdinos (The River of Soul) and Al Porter.
Current presenters and shows
Today FM schedule and list of shows can be found here.
The weekend schedule is regularly changed at particular times of year
to accommodate extra sports programming, such as during the GAA
hurling and football championships, when Championship Sunday, hosted
by Paul Collins, airs. Similarly, Ross Lindsay's Scrum Saturday during
Six Nations Championship
Six Nations Championship and other periods when the Irish national
side is in action.
Outside of the
Premier League season, or on weekends without league
games, the Saturday afternoon slot is, in the case of 2017, hosted by
The lunchtime slot was previously presented by Keith "KC" Cunningham,
Today FM in April 2014 for family reasons to return to Red FM
in Cork. Louise Duffy moved from the Early Breakfast to take
over the slot from April until August 2014 when she was succeeded by
Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore, who left the
Dublin regional radio
98FM after twelve years to take over the slot permanently
from September 2014 onwards, their show airing for the first time on 1
September 2014 with the show continuing to air every Monday to Friday
from midday to 2:30pm.
Duffy had also served as a regular substitute for Tony Fenton's
mid-afternoon show throughout 2013 and 2014. Following Fenton's death
in March 2015, Duffy took over the show on a permanent basis and
presented her own show titled "The Louise Duffy Show" which aired
every Monday to Friday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm before ending in July
Paula MacSweeney previously hosted a Friday Night Anthems show, moving
to Saturday nights in April 2014, when her previous show was succeeded
by Friday Night 90's hosted by Shauna O'Reilly who works as a
researcher on Today FM's flagship breakfast program, "The Ian Dempsey
Breakfast Show" and Eoghan Doherty with the show airing every Friday
night from 10pm to 1am. MacSweeney has since moved to the 5am weekday
slot and now hosts Early Breakfast with Paula MacSweeney which airs
every Monday to Friday from 5am to 7am while Friday Night 90s ended in
July 2016 and was replaced by "Friday Night Anthems" which is hosted
by Phil Cawley.
Ray D'Arcy originally hosted the weekday mid-morning slot for 15 years
but abruptly left
Today FM to rejoin RTÉ with immediate effect in
Alison Curtis served as an interim host until the
appointment of Anton Savage who began his show, The Anton Savage Show
on January 26, 2015 which now airs every Monday to Friday from 9am to
midday. Savage's previous Sunday morning show, "Savage Show" which
aired every Sunday from 11am to 1pm ended and the slot was taken over
Neil Delamere who now presents his own show titled "Neil
Delamere's Sunday Best" which airs every Sunday from 11am to 1pm.
On August 17, 2015, Colm O'Sullivan announced that his show The Mix-Up
which had aired every Monday-Thursday 7-9pm was ending after three
years of being on air and that O'Sullivan himself was retiring from
the DJ business after nearly twenty years to take up a position as the
new Programme Director of Today FM, O'Sullivan having joined Today FM
in February 2013 with his show, "The Mix-Up" airing for the first time
on Monday 4 February 2013. Two days, later on August 19, Fergal
D'arcy, a radio presenter formerly associated with iRadio, a regional
radio station that is primarily located in the North West of the
Ireland was announced as being the newest DJ to join Today
FM and also as O'Sullivan's replacement. On August 27, 2015, "The
Mix-Up with Colm O'Sullivan" aired for the final time with Cork band,
The Frank and Walters
The Frank and Walters serving as the musical guests. Two weeks later,
on September 14, 2015, D'arcy's show aired on
Today FM for the first
time, with Ed Smith continuing to serve on as the producer with the
show itself ending in June 2016.
On Friday May 20, it was announced that Fergal D'arcy and Louise Duffy
would be permanently exchanging shifts with D'arcy going to Duffy's
slot of 2:30pm– 4:30pm while Duffy would take over D'arcy's slot of
7pm - 9pm. D'arcy began his new show, "Off the Charts with Fergal
D'arcy" during July 2016 while Duffy's new show, "Lost in Music with
Louise Duffy" aired for the first time on Monday, August 8, 2016.
Anton Savage left the radio station on 2 December 2016 due to a
disagreement with the radio station, and was replaced by Dermot Whelan
and Dave Moore. On 25 January 2017, comedian
Al Porter was
announced, live on air, as the new host of the midday show, moving
into Whelan and Moore's old slot. 
On February 13, 2017, Porter's show aired for the first time.
On March 26,2018
Today FM launched sister streaming stations which
focus on music from the 80’s, 90’s and alternative indie music,
Today FM 80’s,
Today FM 90’s and Today XM all three
stations are available exclusively through TodayFM.com and app.
Alice Cooper (Nights with Alice Cooper)
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Tom Hardy (broadcaster)
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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,
National radio in the Republic of Ireland
RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ lyric fm
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Beat 102-103 (south-east)
iRadio (north-east, midlands, north-west, west)
SPIN South West (Limerick, Clare, Kerry, Tipperary)
Classic Hits 4FM
RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
See also: Local radio in the Republi