All change at Today FM
Tom Dunne is leaving the Today FM fold to take up the 9am-noon slot with Newstalk (who just happen to be moving in downstairs in the same building as Today FM). Just as it will be interesting to see who …
Just as it will be interesting to see who Today FM select to take over that early evening spot, which was once held by John Kelly, it will also be interesting to see how the Dunne vs D’Arcy vs Ryan battle works out in 2009′s JNLR books (the latest JNLR book covering radio audiences is released later on Thursday).
On the former point, Dave “A House” Couse has been the main sub these past few months when it comes for standing in for Dunne when he’s away (and he has been away a lot) and Couse has done a fine job of it too. However, the show’s focus on new music has become quite narrow in recent times – too much emphasis on no-mark NME and indie landfill bands with a very selective and spotty coverage of Irish bands – and it would be great to see the station using the change of driver to address that issue.
When it comes to the battle for listeners, all bets are off. As all radio analysts know, it will take at least 12 months for Dunne to really assert himself in that mid-morning spot, provide competition for the incumbents on 2FM, Today FM and RTE Rado One and make listeners remember his new time slot. However, it’s a challenge that Dunne will relish. In the last few years, he has been really firing on all cylinders when he covered daytime slots for Today FM so the move away from an evening show was obviously something he has been hankering after for a while.
Er, and speaking of radio… I am now podcasting with a bunch of girls (someone will probably accuse me of sexism for that). Anyway, the Three Girls and a Guy podcast is now live here. It’s where Alison Curtis, Sinead Gleeson, Tanya Sweeney (Tanya’s blog is coming soon) and myself talk shite on Alison’s show for 15 minutes or so every few weeks. It’s a whole lot of fun. This time out, we talk about first musical loves and how they stick around forever. End of blatant plug, declaration of interest and all that jazz.