Friday 21 July 2017

'Best thing to happen to morning radio' - Today FM listeners react to Dermot and Dave's new show

Dermot and Dave have moved to a new slot. Credit: TodayFM / Twitter
Dermot and Dave have moved to a new slot. Credit: TodayFM / Twitter
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Dermot and Dave launched their brand new mid-morning show on Today FM and the reaction from listeners have been pretty positive.

The radio duo replaced Anton Savage after he left his morning show on Today FM on December 3 in an acrimonious parting of ways with the station.

The radio duo used to present the lunchtime slot on the station but it seems that the 9am-12noon slot suits them well after a successful first broadcast.

"Sure we're only delighted to be on at a new time," they told listeners as they opened the show without any sense of first-day nerves or grogginess, despite the earlier wake-up call.

The duo, who have already racked up over 12 years experience in broadcasting, discussed everything from Trump and "alternative facts" to selfies and even managed to get a phone call in with Matthew McConaughey where they convinced him to try out the Irish version of his famous catchphrase "alright, alright, alright".

And listeners were pretty happy with how the first show went as they took to Twitter to welcome the lads' new show, although there are some who still miss Anton.

Anton's departure from the station sparked outrage from loyal listeners of show who flooded Twitter with messages of disappointment.

The popular broadcaster said that when he started the programme in 2014, working with a "brilliant bunch of people", they were told the objective was to create a great show and retain 65pc or more of the previous audience.

He described the task of doing that as "fun, challenging and collegiate", but it became apparent that his plans for the show and those held by management differed hugely.

"We disagreed on a move to set music quotas, we disagreed on significant changes to the playlist, we disagreed on topics for discussion on format, on choice of contributors and we disagreed on the choice of certain guests. It led to a situation where we have parted ways," he said.

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