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Marty is back on the radio after a two-year break

RTE veteran Marty Whelan is to return to a regular slot on radio after impressing bosses with his knowledge of music.

The popular broadcaster is to take over from former Late Late Show host Gay Byrne on Lyric FM's Sunday slot in a bid to draw in new audiences.

Marty will begin presenting his weekly programme Sunday with Marty Whelan this weekend, at 2.30pm.

The show will feature music by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Katherine Jenkins, Andrea Bocelli and Mike Oldfield, and classic comedy from, among others, Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan.

Aodan O Dubhghaill, head of RTE Lyric FM, said: "I am delighted that Marty will present his own show each Sunday afternoon on RTE Lyric FM. The station is increasingly becoming the station of choice for people who enjoy quality music.

"Marty's knowledge of music and relaxed manner will keep current listeners tuning in and attract more new listeners to Sundays."

Longtime broadcaster Gaybo has vowed he will return to the station later this year and is only taking the leave in order to honour his other RTE commitments.

The legendary presenter has signed up to present a new RTE interview series which will see him quiz A-list Irish stars ranging from Colin Farrell to Sinead O'Connor.

Gay said: "I'm not giving up Lyric FM. We built up a nice little audience. I hope to come back in September."

It is not clear yet whether Marty will continue to present his show from this point.

The show marks the presenter's first stint in front of the mic since his 2fm morning show was controversially axed two years ago in a bid to draw in younger listeners.

The programme, called Marty in the Morning, had been on air for two years and was dropped in favour of Colm and Jim-Jim's breakfast show.

The quirky presenters started off their career together on the Strawberry Alarm Clock morning show on FM 104 before being poached by RTE.

The pair were recently given their own television quiz show called Colm and Jim's Home Run, and continue to present the daily radio programme on 2fm.