IAN Dempsey was last night honoured by his Today FM colleagues with a special ‘This Is Your Radio Life Show’ to be broadcast at 10am this Bank Holiday Monday.
Joining Ian and his wlife Ger and family were his colleagues from Today Fm including Mario Rosenstock, Matt Cooper, Louise Duffy, Paul McLoone and KC.
Ian aid the public were now accepting that independent station like Today FM could compete with RTE for the best Irish talent.
“There’s a lot of change in radio in Ireland and I think people have grown up which means that people from the institutions like RTE are able to move. I moved 15 years ago to Today FM and Pat has moved and John Kelly has moved to RTE.
“I think everybody is beginning to accept that the independent stations are here and RTE is here and let’s all just get on together.”
RADIO legend Ian Dempsey has tipped Sean O’Rourke to win the radio ratings war with rival Pat Kenny and says it could be 18 months before the former RTE man establishes his new show.
The recent recipient of the PPI Outstanding Achievement in radio award told the Irish Independent: “I would imagine that in reality Sean O’Rourke will get better listenership because there’s a habitual thing that goes on where people listen to RTE radio.
“I think it’s going to be a bit of a long haul for Pat and with all radio shows it takes about 18 months to really establish yourself on the airwaves.