Saturday 24 March 2018

Golden Hour for axe? It's news to me

Surprise: Larry Gogan
Surprise: Larry Gogan

Eimear Rabbitte

Legendary DJ Larry Gogan has expressed surprise at reports that his popular 'Golden Hour' is to be axed saying, "That's news to me."

The popular DJ is one of the most iconic voices in RTE radio and has been associated with 2fm since its beginnings in 1979.

Reports over the weekend stated that The Golden Hour is to be axed in a shake-up by new 2FM boss Dan Healy.

But when contacted by the Herald the 75-year-old laughed off reports, although he said you just never know in the radio business.

"That's the first I have heard of it, these rumours are going around all of the time," he explained.

"I have been told that there will be a new schedule, but nothing about my show being replaced."

But the laid-back presenter said that there is never any room for complacency in the entertainment business.

"It doesn't mean that it's not true, I just haven't heard anything about it yet.


"But I'm not too worried, my show has always done really well and it's never lost many listeners," added Gogan.

RTE is currently finalising plans for a revamped schedule for 2fm with reports suggesting that this will include axing one show from the loss-making station.

It has been said that The Golden Hour, which currently airs weekdays from 1-2pm, could be for the chop as the station looks for a younger audience.

However, Gogan defended his golden oldie show and believes it pulls in a youthful audience compared some of his rivals.

"The average listener age to the show is 32 so I think our show is still popular among a young audience and it has consistently done better than others," he told the Herald.

"Most of the songs we play now are from the nineties and I play music up to 2005 so it does have a current element to it."


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