RTÉ Radio 2 Launched

EXHIBITION : HISTORY OF RTÉ

About this Item

RTÉ launches Radio 2 with the phrase "It is all coming at you now" at an event it the radio centre, Donnybrook. 

  • Title
    New National Radio Channel
  • 1st Broadcast
    31/05/1979
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:23
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    RTÉ Radio 2 Launched
  • Extended description

    Minister for Post and Telegraphs Mr Padraig Faulkner launched the new station. Brendan Balfe was the first voice heard on air. Many of the new presenters on Radio 2 including Vincent Hanley were introduced to the invited guests.

    The station is to broadcast for nineteen and a half hours each day and hopes to appeal to, "women at home, motorists, workers of industry as well as many young people." 

  • Information

    RTÉ Radio 2 was launched on 31 May 1979. Brendan Balfe was the first voice on the new station when he introduced Radio 2's first presenter Larry Gogan. New presenters included Dave Fanning, Gerry Ryan, Marty Whelan and Ian Dempsey.

    The new station quickly established an identity for itself with sponsorship of the Dublin City Marathon, the Radio 2 Roadcaster and a high profile commitment to supporting Irish contemporary music.

    A second national station for meant that RTÉ Radio became RTÉ Radio 1 and the new station RTÉ Radio 2. In 1988 RTÉ Radio 2 became 2FM. Another name change in 2000 saw the station become RTÉ 2FM.

  • Local keywords
    RTÉ, Broadcasting, Radio, Radio 2, 2FM, 1970s, Padraig Faulkner, Brendan Balfe, Vincent Hanley
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1979
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    N151/0079A
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
  • Rights terms and conditions

    Copyright RTÉ. This material may not be replicated in any form or manner without the prior express permission of RTÉ. Any form of reproduction in print, television, video, multimedia, web site or other electronic media or any form of dissemination for commercial or non-commercial use must be licensed by the RTÉ Archives.

    If you wish to licence video or audio clips, still images or text, or would like further guidance please contact us.

    RTÉ Archives are committed to respecting the copyright of others and have attempted to source and credit the copyright owners of all material used here. RTÉ would like to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified here so that the necessary corrections can be made. If you feel your copyright has not been respected please contact us.

  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English and Irish
More
  • CONTACT
  • TERMS OF USE
  • PRIVACY
  • DISCLAIMER
  • COPYRIGHT