Radio goes the extra mile for the snow storm

Radio stations and staff across Ireland are pulling out all the stops to keep listeners informed of the severe weather conditions.

Cork’s 96FM CEO Kieran McGeary tweeted praise to the industry, saying: “Every local radio station is providing a valuable public service of information, news and companionship. Many stories of staff going above and beyond the call of duty.”

Cork’s 96FM put a number of presenters and members of the news team in a hotel near to their Broadcasting House HQ in Cork City. Breakfast presenters KC and Ross; afternoon presenter Ken Tobin and Head of News Barry O’Mahony who all live in areas badly affected by the weather have been among those who spent the last two nights in a hotel to ensure they can safely get to work and maintain the on-air service.

C103 presenters, Colum McGrath; Nick Richards; Mark Malone and current affairs producer JP McNamara all stayed close to the station’s studios in Mallow in North Cork.

Kieran McGeary told RadioToday: “All these presenters have gone above and beyond by spending time away from their families. We take the safety of staff very seriously and we needed to balance that with the requirement from our listeners for a comprehensive information service. This is when local radio comes into its own and I’m very proud that Cork’s 96FM and C103 have once again risen to the challenge.”

Many of the presenters above are facing a third night in a hotel as the weather conditions mean it’s impossible for them to get home. All other staff at Cork’s 96FM and C103 were encouraged to stay at home and work remotely during the unprecedented weather.

Chris Murray tweeted a photo of a blow-up bed he spent the night on at LMFM so he could stay at the station

Spin 1038’s Fully Charged team tweeted their dedication, saying “There’s no snow in the world that’ll stop us getting in for the show”

Mike Hodan from Classic Hits 4FM worked from home – broadcasting from his home setup.

And it looks like Ken Tobin spent the night in a hotel to make it into work this morning.

Here’s how others are going the extra mile to keep radio alive today:

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