He might be moving to weekend but Larry's 'not going anywhere'
Published 07/02/2014 | 02:30
RADIO broadcaster Larry Gogan has reassured fans he will never leave 2FM despite being moved to a weekend slot.
"I've been there since the start and I won't be going anywhere," he told the Irish Independent.
Yesterday, RTE announced Mr Gogan's primetime weekday slot 'The Golden Hour' would no longer be part of the schedule. Instead he will present a two-hour weekend show, entitled 'The Larry Gogan Show'.
Mr Gogan said he had no qualms about leaving his former daily slot.
"I'm well used to being moved around," he said.
"I've been up, down, in and out. I've been everywhere and anywhere in the schedule. It's nothing new to me."
The 75-year-old broadcaster also said he had turned down offers from rival stations, choosing to stay at 2FM.
"Other stations have approached me but I have never been tempted. I'm very happy where I am at 2FM."
Mr Gogan believes 2FM boss Dan Healy's shake-up of the schedule is long overdue and described Mr Healy as an "exciting" and "innovative" individual.
"I think it all looks very exciting and think bringing in new voices is only a good thing," he said.
Mr Gogan's new two-hour show will retain many features from his former programme including the 'Golden Hour' and the 'Just a Minute Quiz'.
Mr Gogan doesn't exactly fit with 2FM's new remit – to appeal to women in the 24-35 age bracket – but Mr Healy is confident the new show will become a success.
"2FM may be changing but Larry Gogan is constant," he said.
"The greatest privilege for me in my working life is to have the opportunity to work with Larry Gogan."
This is the fourth announcement in the new 2FM shake-up.
Nicky Byrne was announced as one of the station's new presenters, Colm Hayes is presenting 'Drive By with Colm Hayes', Will Leahy is moving to weekends, and Bernard O'Shea, Jennifer Maguire and Keith Walsh will front the new breakfast show.
Gerry Ryan's daughter Lottie (26) has lost her weekly entertainment news slot on 'The Colm Hayes Show' following his move to the evening. The station indicated she will be a given a role elsewhere in the station.