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Spirit FM: the verdict

Published 30/05/2011 | 05:00

As a perpetual cynic who views life as a glass half-empty, I had my doubts about liking Spirit FM. I found the steady diet of Christian soft-rock and 'inspirational' songs to be very difficult to stomach. As a music critic, its unrelentingly cheesy sound irritated, rather than soothed.

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But there is much to be said for the station's discussion programmes. Ronan Johnson is an engaging presenter who allows his guests time to speak -- unlike rival stations.

Wendy Grace, too, is a broadcaster who doesn't seek glib soundbites, but rather coaxes intelligent conversation out of her interviewees.

And, Chris Sligh's version of 'Firework' -- which I heard time and again -- isn't a patch on Katy Perry's. Which truly is saying something: Perry is a likeable pop star, but she can barely hold a note.

Irish Independent

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