GAY Byrne's programme is no longer to be heard in the mornings by Kenmare housewives who enjoy listening to his Radio 1 show.
In fact, Radio 1 may as well be nonexistent for the people of Kenmare since the launching of RTE's Radio 2 station. Before the launch of the station Radio 1 came across loud and clear for the South Kerry people on VHF, but the new station now operates on VHF, and the area's medium wave reception is so bad for Radio 1 that most have given up trying to get it.
Mr. Thomas Murphy, an angry Kenmare man, has started a fight with RTE over the poor Radio 1 reception. He is collecting signatures for a petition, requesting RTE to restore Radio 1 to its VHF slot. Mr. Murphy told The Kerryman that the reception of Radio 1 in Kenmare was "most unsatisfactory". He said that it was not only the housewives who were affected by the changeover. The old people in the area, he said, were possibly the worst hit as they couldn't listen to the news or hear their favourite programmes, including Gay Byrne Hour or Dear Sir or Madam.
RTE's Ellis Pearse explained that the coverage required for RTE 2 made it necessary to broadcast on VHF.