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Donal Dineen’s Today FM run comes to an end

Sad news to report as Donal Dineen’s run as a DJ on Today FM (nee Radio Ireland) will be coming to a close in December with the end of his much acclaimed Small Hours’ show. You’ll find a full statement …

Wed, Aug 17, 2011, 16:25

   

Sad news to report as Donal Dineen’s run as a DJ on Today FM (nee Radio Ireland) will be coming to a close in December with the end of his much acclaimed Small Hours’ show.

You’ll find a full statement from the Kerryman on the ending of the show over on his Facebook page.

It has been a lengthy and successful run as a night-time jock for Dineen on the station. He was one of the DJs on what was then Radio Ireland’s first day on the air back in March 1997 when he debuted the Here Comes the Night show (which featured an interview with U2′s Larry Mullen, if memory serves me right).

He moved onto a new, later time slot in recent years with Small Hours and the show’s musical remit changed to more experimental and alternative sounds. The problem with the change in shows and slots was that many of those who’d listened to Here Comes the Night just were not in a position to listen to the new show due to work commitments. While Small Hours also had a listen-again audience who tuned in the following day via the station’s audio player, Dineen just didn’t have the same audience or profile as he once had.

On the other hand, however, Dineen gave airplay, attention and time to many Irish acts who’d never have got within an asses’ roar of a daytime playlist and he had built a small but enthusiastic audience on the back of this. He also became one of the first ports of call for any new artist looking for exposure for their music. But a commercial radio station wants more than just “small but enthusiastic” audiences and, sadly and perhaps inevitably, Dineen and Small Hours’ run on the Today FM dial comes to an end on December 1.

Best of luck to my old mucker with his future endeavours (including the Parish project).