Good news for all those people who live outside Dublin, Newstalk 106 has been granted a national broadcasting license. The license is "quasi-national" covering 98% of the country and lasting 10 years. They are planning to go national by the end of the year, probably October, just at the same time as I head to Australia so I'll miss their first 3 months, but they do provide podcasts so I will be able to keep up to date from the other side of the world.
It would appear that they are planning on tweaking their line-up.
Targeting over 25s, big name presenters Eamon Dunphy and George Hook have been secured while the colourful civil rights campaigner Senator David Norris is also being lined up.
The station has said it is committed to bringing more Irish language programming to the airwaves along with shows for immigrant communities while limiting music to three tracks an hour.
I hope they keep the shows I listen to Eamon Dunphy, George Hook, Sean Moncrief (from time to time) and especially Ger Gilroys Off the Ball show. It's the best sports show on Irish radio, and is on every evening of the week (in fact they are on now and have warned their competitors around the country that they are coming for them :-) ).