Sunday 22 October 2017

Ray's on the move as he takes up morning slot with radio rival

Ray Foley
Ray Foley
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

Irreverent radio star Ray Foley has promised a boisterous start to the mornings after he switched to a rival station.

The DJ (31) revealed he has swapped his national Today FM headphones for Dublin station 98FM and will be bringing his on-air sidekick presenter JP Gilbourne along.

The duo -- who were firm favourites with their larger-than-life presence on the Today FM schedule -- will take over their new primetime breakfast show slot in November.

Mr Foley said the prospect of taking the helm of the morning show was "too tempting to turn down".

"To say it is a money thing would be incorrect. I've been dying to scratch that itch for years, presenting a breakfast show in Dublin has been on my bucket list for years," the married father of one said. "It is a terrifying prospect being on at the same time as Ian Dempsey."

However, Mr Foley said the Today FM breakfast show star was the first to congratulate him on the move.

It is six years since Mr Foley took over the midday slot, and then was joined by his college friend Mr Gilbourne on the show.

Craig Farrell, managing director of media specialist Starcom Ireland, said Today FM would "feel the loss" of Mr Foley.

"He really was a quite strong personality, particularly on the lunchtime slot. I always felt the type of show he was doing was suitable to breakfast anyway," he said.

"I think Today FM is going to find it hard to replace him in that timeslot. So it is quite a coup for 98fm."

Chris Doyle, chief executive of 98fm, said it was a prestigious slot on radio and the pair would bring "big personality" to the station and reach right into their core target audience.

Peter McPartlin, chief executive of Today FM, confirmed a plan for who would take over the soon-to-be-vacated slot was already under way.

However, the station refused to reveal if it would be drawing on an in-house pool of talent.

Irish Independent

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