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RTÉ Radio 2fm

RTÉ Radio 2fm
http://2fm.rte.ie/

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RTÉ 2fm, or 2fm as it is commonly referred to, is RTÉ's second national radio station. It broadcasts popular music programming aimed at a young Irish audience. The station commenced broadcasting in 1979 and has undergone numerous name changes and line-up switches throughout its history. The longest running show is The Gerry Ryan Show which has been on air since 1988. In recent years old stalwarts such as Dave Fanning and Larry Gogan have been moved to the weekend to make way for the likes of Rick O'Shea and Nikki Hayes.
The station is well-known for being the first in the world to play any new single released by U2, due to the band's long-term friendship with Dave Fanning. RTÉ has since expanded its young people's music radio output. An all-music (mostly of the rock genre) sister station of 2FM, RTÉ 2XM, designed for students and young adults, now operates on the RTÉ DAB Multiplex. [2] In 2008, the station captured 17% of the national audience, the second most popular station in Ireland after RTÉ Radio 1 (23%).

RTÉ 2fm pressed the big green button in May 1979 and the world has been a different place ever since! Way back then, it was RTÉ Radio 2, the original and the best, brought to life by a growing need from a younger generation of music fans. The new station took some tips - but just a few! - from the Big Book of Rules in RTÉ Radio 1. By the way, it took one or two of RTÉ Radio 1's top presenters as well - Larry Gogan, Vincent Hanley and Paschal Mooney. But pretty soon after Larry had played the station's very first piece of music - Like Clockwork by The Boomtown Rats - the new young guns of pop threw out the rules and, from then on, just made it up as they went along.

The first few years of RTÉ Radio 2 were somewhat experimental, and programming was extremely varied. There were Schools Programmes, Country Music Programmes and even programmes for jazz enthusiasts. Some five years in, the station had grown from a brave experiment into a fully-fledged popular-music station. Many new presenters began to come on board over the course of the next ten years. They were destined to become household names to people all over Ireland, and even further afield. Gerry Ryan, Dave Fanning, Larry Gogan, Gareth O'Callaghan, Tony Fenton, Jimmy Greeley, Ronan Collins, Marty Whelan, Ian Dempsey, Maxi, Barry Lang, Mark Cagney, Mike Moloney, Ruth Buchanan, Jim O'Neill, and that was just for starters!

RTÉ Radio 2 became a regular attendee at events all over Ireland, many of which had been organised and promoted by the station, itself, with live broadcasts and activities playing an increasingly-important part of peoples' lives.

The RTÉ Radio 2 Dublin City Marathon, first organised in 1980, quickly became one of the most significant sporting events in the capital's calendar, attracting thousands of not just dedicated sports people but, also, hoards of enthusiastic and energetic "fun-runners". All of this had a purpose, of course, the raising of millions of pounds (over a number of year) for the benefit of numerous worthy charities.

Since its inception, the station has also promoted an annual Christmas Food Appeal, on behalf of The Lions Clubs movement and this venture has generated a veritable "food mountain" of monumental proportions.

The newly-emerging young station - the country's first legitimate, pop-music service - continued to establish itself in a most-impressive manner, through its series of live music events under such generic titles as the "Beat on the Street" and the "Lark in the Park" which took place - on a regular basis - in various locations, nationwide.

But perhaps one of the most significant contributions made by RTÉ Radio 2fm to the development of popular music in Ireland was the unstinting support which the station has always given to new and emerging artists and musicians. Most of this "support" has been provided - over the years - through the so-called 'Dave Fanning Sessions' whereby new bands have been given the opportunity to perform their work in specially-arranged recording sessions which are then broadcast across national radio. Many of the tracks which were first set-down during such sessions were incorporated, subsequently, into top-selling albums.

There are those who would say that without Dave Fanning's live sessions, U2 would never have even started. Nearly every Irish band has sampled the coffee in studio 8 and some of them have even survived it. That's where many of them got their start. In recent times, for instance, Dave and his production crew have given support to JJ72, a group which first came to light when Mark Greaney (lead vocalist) submitted a tape to Dave Fanning. An immediate invitation to perform a "Fanning Session" followed. After that, Irish label Lakota picked up the band and the rest is but another modern fairytale.

Among the 'public-service' elements on which the station has always placed a very-important emphasis are its own, individual and distinctive 'News' and 'Sports' inputs, together with traffic reports and general information. A 'Job Search' service has helped to "fix-up" many thousands of people - of every age - in useful job vacancies, both at home and abroad.

There have been broadcasts, too, from many locations around the world, including a memorable, broadcasting first which involved bringing live programming from the Lebanon, where Irish army troops are stationed, the aptly-named 'Camp Shamrock'.

Almost since its earliest days, Ireland's top music station - the BIG one - has had its own mobile broadcasting unit, known affectionately to all as 'The Roadcaster', sometimes - alas - misnamed as the 'The Rollercoaster', which has become a regular attraction in various cities and shopping-centres all over the country.

Music has been a key element in the success and growth of RTÉ 2fm over the years, but the people behind the music have also left their own impact on the listening audience. It should not be forgotten that the wonderful Zig and Zag began their careers as RTÉ 2fm broadcasters and the Cork hairdresser 'Terence', became a national institution, as a result of his appearances on The Gerry Ryan Show.

2fm has always reacted, appropriately to the changing scene, but not just in musical terms. Towards the mid-1980's, for instance, the station underwent a significant change-of-image which brought it into the 24-hours-broadcasting era, along with a change-of-name, with everything being re-branded under the sharp and eye-catching new identity, RTÉ 2fm.
Yet another "change-of-image" came about to coincide with the new millennium when 2fm adopted a new colour scheme and new artwork, all of it designed to emphasise the fact that this is a station, on the move.

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