Friday 20 January 2017

Another phantom of the past vanishes

Published 25/07/2016 | 02:30

Electric picnic: these days everyone goes to festivals and is a music fan.
Electric picnic: these days everyone goes to festivals and is a music fan.

A lot of you may not know this but there is a radio station in Dublin closing down soon. TXFM, formerly Phantom, is an alternative music station in Dublin which is no longer commercially viable.

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The general commentary since the decision was announced seems to be around the fact that a station like TXFM couldn't hope to last in a world that has the internet and streaming services like Spotify. Now it may surprise some younger readers, but an old duffer like me has both internet access and a premium subscription to Spotify, but for me they will never replace the radio.

I'm a busy working dad... what? People are always saying how they are a 'busy working mum'. Can't us busy working dads have a category too? OK, in fairness we don't have to do all the main child-rearing as well as working, but still.

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