Tim Kelly to host 80s show on Radio NOVA

Former Today FM presenter Tim Kelly, who presented Friday Night 80s on the national station for many years, is to host Friday Night 80s on Radio NOVA.

The new show will run from 7pm-10pm every Friday evening on and will feature three hours of 80s music from NOVA artists like U2, Simple Minds, Def Leppard, INXS, The Police, Bon Jovi, Fine Young Cannibals, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, New Order, The Cure, Talking Heads, The Jam, David Bowie, REM, Tom Petty, Guns and Roses, Duran Duran, Queen and much more.

Meanwhile, NOVA’s Alice Cooper show will now move to Saturday evenings at 9pm. Today FM ran Friday Night 80s for more than 15 years but dropped the show earlier this year.

“The 80s was such a great decade for music and ranks in polls as the most favourite music decade of the past 50 years. There are so many great songs to play from NOVA’s bank of artists. I’m really looking forward to getting in for the first show on September 9th. We’ll have three hours of stonking NOVA tunes every week, with a few surprises thrown in too!”, says Tim Kelly.

“I’m really pleased to welcome Tim Kelly and Friday Night 80s to NOVA – we play a broad mix of great guitar music from the 1960s through to today but our listeners particularly love the 80s. Friday Night 80s will be the perfect show to kick off the weekend on Radio NOVA”, said CEO/Programme Director Kevin Branigan.

The announcement of the new show is the first in what the station is calling “The Super 6”, six announcements by the station to celebrate its 6th birthday on September 1st. A second announcement is expected by the station over the next week.

Friday Night 80s will be sponsored by Bruxelles bar.


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  1. eoinindahouze says

    Well done Tim. I take it the show that John Neary used to present is being axed to make way for Cooper?

  2. Jacob Lang says

    Mr Kelly has a great voice. Radio Nova quite clearly has copied Today FM with Friday night 80’s and 2Fm the Ireland’s biggest jukebox all in one year. There is a reason why Today Fm stopped Friday night 80’s and that was because their listeners were tired of rehashed and repetitive 80’s music. Today FM will be the winners in the long term not Radio Nova.

    1. eoinindahouze says

      Not a Nova fan Jacob?

  3. Jacob Lang says

    I still listen to some of their weekend lineup which can be quite good Eoin. Pat James and John Clarke as he tends to play the odd lesser known tune. Other than that it’s really repetition all the way.

  4. Gunners bar says

    Tg for radio nova, great to hear 80s music on a friday night, today fm loss, well done tim you the man

  5. David Stuart says

    Good to see that Nova has have an 80s show, If you have Digital, RTE Gold also do an 80s show on Friday nights as well between 8 and 10 with Al Dunne, so Todayfm’s loss is those two stations gain

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