Classic Hits (Ireland)

Classic Hits is an Irish independent multi-region radio station based in Dublin, and broadcasting to that city as well as Cork, Limerick, Galway, County Clare, County Wicklow, County Kildare, County Meath. It can also be picked up in parts of County Kerry, County Tipperary, County Waterford, County Wexford and County Mayo.

Classic Hits
Broadcast areaGreater Dublin, County Cork, County Limerick, County Clare and Galway
SloganIreland's Only Multi-City Radio Station
Frequency94.9 FM (Dublin)
94.8FM (Cork)
94.6–97.4 MHz, 104.2–104.9 MHz
First air date27 February 2009
FormatCommercial
Language(s)English
OwnerBay Broadcasting Ltd
WebcastListen Live
Websiteclassichits.ie

[1]The station broadcasts under a sound broadcasting contract from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, aimed at Ireland's four main commuter belts, hence its original name of "4FM". It later went by "Classic Hits 4FM", dropping the "4FM" part in 2018.[1][2]

The station is part of Bay Broadcasting Limited, which also has interests in Radio Nova and Sunshine 106.8.

Programming

Classic Hits has an adult contemporary music/classic hits driven format with music from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s with a small amount of more recent music.

The station's flagship breakfast show is presented by PJ Gallagher and Jim McCabe. Niall Boylan hosts two daily phone-in shows from 12:00-14:00 and 21:00-23:00 while an additional pre-recorded programme, Niall Boylan Extra, continues until 01:00. The show won best talk show award at the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards Gala in June 2017.

A five-hour drivetime show is now hosted by former 2FM presenter Damian Farrelly.

The station has a commitment to regularly play Irish music, which it promotes under the slogan Guaranteed Irish. A specialist Irish-language programme is hosted on Sunday nights by Meghann Scully.

Additional specialist programming includes the twice-daily segment Classic Song Investigation, Classic Love Songs, Club Classics and 90's @ Nite' and Sunday Nite 90s with former 2FM hotline presenter Dusty Rhodes.

Programming is broadcast from its digital studios located at Castleforbes House in Dublin's Docklands area.

Former Presenters

The breakfast show was previously presented by PJ and Damien Farrelly, before that Jim McCabe and originally Gareth O'Callaghan.

Awards

YearRecipient/Nominated workAwardResult
2012Classic Hits 4FMPPI Radio Awards Community/Social ActionGold
2012Classic Hits 4FMPPI Radio Awards Station ImagingBronze
2015The Niall Boylan ShowPPI Radio Awards Interactive Speech ProgrammeGold
2012The Niall Boylan ShowNew York Radio Awards Human InterestSilver
2013Classic Hits 4FMNew York Radio Awards Community ServiceBronze
2013The Niall Boylan ShowNew York Radio Awards Best Scheduled Talk ShowBronze
2014Niall BoylanNew York Radio Awards Speech Broadcaster Of The YearSilver
2013Classic Hits 4FMThe Love Radio Awards Best Radio Station Ad (National)Silver
2013Classic Hits 4FMThe Love Radio Awards Best Government/Public SectorSilver
2013Classic Hits 4FMThe Love Radio Awards Best RetailSilver
2013Classic Hits 4FMThe Love Radio Awards Best Radio Station Ad (National)Gold
2014Classic Hits 4FMThe Love Radio Awards Best Motor TradeGold
2014Classic Hits 4FMThe Love Radio Awards Best Radio Station Ad (National)Bronze
2014Classic Hits 4FMThe Love Radio Awards Best Radio Station Ad (National)Gold
2014Classic Hits 4FMThe Love Radio Awards Best Radio Station Ad (National)Silver
2016Classic Hits 4FMThe Love Radio Awards Best Motor TradeSilver

Frequencies

Cork

Frequency Transmitter Service area Power
94.8 MHz Hollyhill Cork City and SE Cork 1.6 kW
94.8 MHz Seskin (Bantry) Bantry and SW Cork N/A
95.2 MHz Fermoy Fermoy 0.1 kW
95.4 MHz Nowen Hill West Cork 5 kW
97.2 MHz Youghal Youghal 0.1 kW
97.4 MHz Bweeng Mountain North Cork, North East Cork and parts of South and East Limerick through overspill 2.5 kW
97.4 MHz Carrigaline Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Cobh and surrounding areas 0.1 kW

Limerick/Clare

Frequency Transmitter Service area Power
104.2 MHz Woodcock Hill Limerick City and County 5 kW
104.6 MHz Maghera County Clare, parts of County Limerick, County Galway and some parts of County Kerry and parts of County Mayo 50 kW

Galway

Frequency Transmitter Service area Power
104.2 MHz Clifden West Galway 1 kW
104.9 MHz Tonabrocky Galway city and surrounding areas 5 kW

Greater Dublin

Frequency Transmitter Service area Power
94.6 MHz Saggart Hill Commuter belt areas of north County Kildare and east County Meath 0.5 kW
94.9 MHz Three Rock Mountain Dublin city and county 1.5 kW
94.6 MHz Bray Head Bray,Greystones and North Wicklow 0.2 kW

References

  1. "Press Releases 2009 - BCI SIGNS CONTRACT WITH 4FM FOR FIRST MULTI-CITY SERVICE". Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. 19 February 2009. Archived from the original on 2 April 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  2. https://radiotoday.ie/2015/05/former-rte-radio-tv-host-derek-davis-has-died/
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