Saturday 25 May 2019

Anna Nolan: To try to shove Jenny Greene to the fringes of 2FM was a mistake

2FM has redeemed itself with relevant DJs

Jenny Greene is returning to 2FM
Jenny Greene is returning to 2FM

Anna Nolan

WHEN Jenny Greene learned she wasn’t part of 2FM’s daytime schedule, she wrote a dignified statement that effectively said: “I’m out.”

Jenny and Nicky Byrne had been a successful duo for five years. Her durrrty laugh accompanied his cheeky comments, but I imagine there was a lot more to it.

The seasoned DJ moulded the former Westlife singer into an amiable, competent broadcaster. She was always the “and” in the title, but she was in fact the lead.

She created brand Jenny and Orchestra, allowing 40-somethings to relive their dance days with the help of the RTE Concert Orchestra.

To say she worked hard is an understatement. To say she took 2FM back into a relevant place is the truth.

To try to shove her to the fringes of the main channel was a big mistake.

In fairness to 2FM boss Dan Healy, he accepted the move was wrong, did a U-turn and Jenny got the show she deserved.

Ten years ago, 2FM was a very different station to what it is today – Gerry Ryan, Dave Fanning, Larry Gogan, Will Leahy, Rick O’Shea, Colm and Jim-Jim were the lead guys.

Nikki Hayes and Ruth Scott were also there, but back then it was par for the course to axe the female DJs.

I can remember listening to 2FM in those days, and it always seemed so irrelevant.

Today, relevance is the key.

Eoghan McDermott and Doireann Garrihy kick off weekdays and are followed by Jennifer Zamparelli.

Then its Tracy Clifford followed by Jenny Greene, who’s back with a new 3pm show.

This is an exciting line-up, one that has been well thought out (eventually), with everyone deserving their place on the schedule.

Read more: 2FM schedule shake-up: Jenny Greene to return as Bernard O'Shea departs and Doireann Garrihy joins line-up

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