Sunday 23 July 2017

Another phantom of the past vanishes

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.
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

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.

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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