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98FM (Now Is Good)

98FM (Now Is Good)
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2012-06-17 04:03:11
Country: IrelandListen to radio stations broadcasting from Ireland
City: Dublin
Address: Radio Two Thousand Limited 137665 The Malt House, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2
FM (MHz): 98.1
Genre: Top 40-Pop
Phone: (33) 3297-1447
Fax: +260 211 251 983
Language of broadcast: Portuguese
Description: 98FM is an independent local radio station in Dublin, Ireland, operated by Radio Two Thousand Limited, a subsidiary of Denis O'Brien's Communicorp Limited, under a sound broadcasting contract from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. The station broadcasts on the 98.1 MHz FM frequency. 98FM's broadcast antenna is located on Three Rock Mountain, County Dublin at 5 kW, and can be heard in Dublin and neighbouring counties. The station slogan is "Now Is Good".The station's first broadcast was in 1989, as a rock station called Classic Hits—98FM and quickly overtook rival Capital Radio 104.4 (now FM104), sometimes attributed to the Morning Crew show, originally presented by Pat Courtnay and Elaine Geraghty, and to its evening talk show presented by Fr. Michael Cleary. Changes led FM104 to overtake 98FM in the Joint National Listenership Research survey. This led to a crisis at 98FM, with the station changing aspects of its programme mix—firstly dropping Pat and Elaine for the "Dawn Patrol", a short-lived attempt to compete with The Strawberry Alarm Clock (the "Morning Crew" name was later revived, but with a new presenting team). The station name was changed (dropping "Classic Hits"), as was the slogan, and Chris Barry was recruited from FM104 (causing a legal wrangle). The station eventually settled down to competing with FM104, and the two stations continue to compete.In a MRBI/JNLR survey (August 2009), Dublin's 98 was the most listened to breakfast show in Dublin; it also had the highest audience during Barry Dunne's show (10:00-13:00), 98's Inbox has the second highest audience in the capital between 19:00-21:30, and the station has the biggest audiences in Dublin on Saturdays and Sundays. In 2003, 98FM introduced Late Night Talk with Tom O'Brannigan and producer John "Roz" O'Donovan and Lisa Gernon. In March 2007, Late Night Talk (rival of the Adrian Kennedy Phone Show) was ended after a presenter's departure. Two weeks later, a new show, reformatted and rescheduled to 20:00-22:00, The Inbox, began with hosts Alison O'Reilly and Paul Connolly. In 2008, Alison left 98FM. The programme now airs between 19:00-21:30 and is presented by Paul Connolly and former FM104 drive-time presenter Joan Lea.On 12 June 2008, the station was re-named Dublin's 98. The slogan "Smile" was backed by the song Smile by The Supernaturals. On 3 April 2009, the station released a new logo with the slogan "Dublin's Best Music Mix". On 10 October 2008, at the PPI Radio Awards, Dublin's 98 was named PPI Music Station of the Year for 2008. It had previously won PPI awards for Newsroom of the Year and Best Breakfast show. On 31 May 2010, the station was renamed back to 98FM.

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