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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Tony Fenton on course to get back on the air after cancer battle

Tony Fenton
Tony Fenton

Elaine McCahill

Veteran presenter Tony Fenton will return to Today FM within the next month following his cancer battle.

Tony is just itching to get back to his weekday slot from 2.30-4.30pm after being absent from the air for the past 10 months.

"I'm looking forward to getting back on radio and that will be in four weeks time," he told the Herald.

"I'm chomping at the bit, I really cannot wait. It'll be just me again, back on as normal. Louise [Duffy] will be going to 7pm in the evening," he added.

The 53-year-old also revealed that everyone at the station is excited about Anton Savage taking over what was Ray D'Arcy's mid-morning slot.

"Morale is brilliant in there and everyone's looking forward to Anton starting in two weeks time," he revealed.

"When Ray announced he was leaving I just thought that it would be a good opportunity for us.

"I thought, 'Let's put somebody great in there,' and Anton is certainly the man.

"He knows that audience and filled in for Ray quite a bit, so I think he'll be great at 9am," he added.

He also believes the format of the show should be changed when Anton takes over.

"Anton is warm, the audience know him and they'll embrace him," he said.

"Ray usually came on with the paper review and brought everyone down with that, so Anton will not be doing that.

"I'm looking forward to seeing it shaken up," he added.

Tony was speaking at the launch of the Killarney Festival of Music and Food - formerly the Westport Festival - which will take place on June 27 and 28 this summer.

Acts performing there will include Texas and The Proclaimers and food being provided by Derry Clarke from L'Ecrivan among many more.

"I'll be heading down for the whole weekend. To see Burt Bacharach with an orchestra will be really special," he said.

"Killarney pulls out all the stops to make it happen and they've always embraced music and tourism, so I think it's going to be great."

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