Two presenters to depart Today FM schedule

Upcoming changes to Today FM’s schedule means Declan Meehan is leaving the station after 20 years and Jim O’Neill also hosts his last On The Road show.

The changes bring in a regular weekend show for Hector O’ Heochagain and a new series with Danny O’Reilly from The Coronas.

From July, Danny will host an 8 week series entitled ‘A Different Side’ on Sunday afternoons from 4pm. The show will explore and celebrate the role of music in the lives of some of Ireland’s best known figures from the world of sport, cinema, television and radio.

Hector O’ Heochagain, who is currently covering for Ian Dempsey on Today FM, will join the weekend schedule in August with ‘Hector’s Sunday Sitting Room’ – a 3 hour show from 4-7pm.

He commented: “I’ll be bringing the craic and keeping listeners company as they journey home on Sunday evenings, all to the backdrop of an eclectic upbeat soundtrack. Just think of it as Hector’s Sunday Sitting Room and the key is in the door”– you’re all invited!”

The new line up will see Alison Curtis extend her Saturday Breakfast to a Sunday morning slot while journalist and presenter Nadine O’Regan will host ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ on Sunday nights.

Also, festival and club scene DJ Kelly Anne Byrne will present ‘The Beat Goes On’ from 10pm on Sunday nights as well as Saturday nights. Ed Smith will bring his ‘Ed’s Songs of Praise’ indie music show to an earlier time of 7pm on Sundays.

Commenting on the refreshed schedule, Keith McCormack, CEO at Today FM said: “We’re excited to announce this new weekend line up and the opportunity to add new talent to the schedule. We’re confident that our refreshed offering can build on previous successes and bring in new audiences. The new shows will continue to deliver the great music you’ve come to expect from Today FM, and invite listeners to participate in Ireland’s weekend conversation”

Phil Cawley will continue to host his afternoon shows on both Saturday and Sunday while Neil Delamere’s Sunday Best and The Sunday Business Show complete the station’s weekend line up.

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  1. Colin Forde on Facebook says

    2 established veteran broadcasters departing whilst a singer & a comedian join… Radio of today leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion…

  2. Ken Connolly on Facebook says

    Colin its all about real life, look at all the real life stuff on tv, as if we want to know about other peoples problems,

  3. Lorraine Byrne on Facebook says

    I’m shocked about Jim O’Neil – love his voice

  4. Jason Collins on Facebook says

    Love Jim 🙁

  5. Andy J. Linton on Facebook says

    Being a professional radio presenter is no longer a good enough qualification to be a – er – radio presenter. You have to be a ‘name’ in some other medium.

  6. Jimmy Williams on Facebook says

    Jim is an old school radio jock….I am sure he will turn up on the wireless again..

  7. Yes lads, well done. Get rid of two broadcasters in favour of a singer and “comedian”(!!).

    Anyway, enough internet for today, I’m away to ring the Ice Cream man to get him to service my car, seems like it’s the done thing!

  8. Darren Lynch on Facebook says

    Jim o Neill for Rte gold would be a good bet

  9. Declan Collins on Facebook says

    A singer and a comedian, a come on now Fordee

  10. Niall Cassidy on Facebook says

    BBC Radio 2 is where it’s at, apart from Chris “I have everything” Evans.

  11. Joe O Connor on Facebook says

    A lot of shit two wonderful broadcaster let go for what the singer or comedian does not work lads everyman to his own no wonder radio is in the crappper

  12. Jacob Lang says

    It’s all about commercial revenue and profit in radio today. Jim o Neil is a great presenter but better suited to rte radio 1 with a music program. They were not bringing in the numbers that’s what it boils down to now.

  13. Colin Forde on Facebook says

    What other title should I give them Declan?

  14. Declan Collins on Facebook says

    I’ve no idea

  15. Joe farrell says

    Jim O Neill gone loved him on sun afternoon gold show should never been cancelled nothing now for d older generation

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