TODAY FM and Newstalk have launched a new state-of-the-art broadcast studio in Cork.
Some of the radio stations' most-popular presenters, including Pat Kenny, Ian Dempsey and Dermot and Dave are all scheduled to be on-air from 12 South Mall in Cork City over the coming months.
The radio stations, which are both part of the Communicorp Media Group, are launching the new studio as part of a three-year partnership with Republic of Work, Cork City’s leading business innovation campus.
The studio will hold podcast recordings and production and will also facilitate local guest contributors and panellists.
Today FM currently has a weekly reach of 880,000 listeners, while Newstalk has 769,000.
Dr Ciara Kelly and Matt Cooper will both host their respective shows from the new studio today.
A three-month advertising campaign for Today FM's new Cork base will be unveiled next week, which will include a city-wide bus wrap and a campaign for commuters passing through Kent Station.
To celebrate, Today FM has launched a competition with a radio and digital advertising campaign worth €20,000 for local businesses up for grabs.
DC Cahalane, CEO of Republic of Work, said he is thrilled about the new partnership.
“We are delighted to partner with Today FM and Newstalk on this unique project, which will further add to the diversity of businesses operating in Republic of Work.
“Equally, it’s an opportunity to further showcase Cork to a national audience,” he said.
Newstalk’s Managing Editor Patricia Monahan said she is looking forward to branching out.
She commented: “Newstalk is delighted to have a base in Cork again, we look forward to hosting great Newstalk programmes from here and welcoming guests from the wider Cork community to our new quality studio at Republic of Work.”
Today FM CEO Keith McCormack also spoke about the importance of live radio.
He said in a statement this morning: “Today FM has always enjoyed a great relationship with our Cork audience and this new partnership with Republic of Work will allow us to super serve our listeners in Cork and the greater Munster region.
“It also gives us the opportunity to take our presenters and shows out of the studio and engage with our audience in a live setting. We’re looking forward to making Cork a home from home for Today FM”.