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."
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
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- Item type part/extract
- Item colour Colour
- Item sound Mono
- Aspect ratio 4:3
- Language used English and Irish
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Broadcast - 31/05/1979
Clip Length - 00:01:23
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