Lyric FM Goes On Air

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Lyric FM the new music and arts station, the latest in the RTÉ family goes to air from Limerick.

  • Title
    Lyric FM Goes On Air
  • 1st Broadcast
    01/05/1999
  • Contributor
    Cathy Halloran (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:41
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Lyric FM Goes On Air
  • Extended description

    The country's newest national radio station Lyric FM went on air this afternoon, from its modern state of the art studios in Limerick. The new music and arts channel, the latest in the RTÉ family, will broadcast 24 hours a day. Its located between 96 and 99 on the FM band.

    Michael Comyn makes the opening broadcast for Lyric FM. Eamonn Lawlor recalls how he listened to classical music as a teenager.

    RTÉ Director General Bob Collins and Arts Minister Sile de Valera with Seamus Crimmins, Head of Lyric FM.

    Seamus Crimmins outlines his view of Lyric FM. Sile De Valera talks about the importance of providing choice for radio listeners

  • Information

    Lyric FM developed from FM3 Classical Music. FM3 broadcast classical music on the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta network

    In 1999, RTÉ put in place an additional national FM transmitter network, and it was decided to separate FM3 from Radio na Gaeltachta, and expand its remit to include other types of minority music.

    The resulting station was Lyric FM later rebranded to RTÉ lyric fm. It also moved from Dublin to Limerick as part of a policy of regionalisation. At the time of its launch, RTÉ Lyric fm’s digital studios in Cornmarket Row in Limerick were the most advanced in the country.

  • Local keywords
    RTÉ, Radio, Lyric FM, Broadcasting, Classical Music, Arts, 1990s, Lyric, Michael Comyn, Eamonn Lawlor, Bob Collins, Seamus Crimmins, Sile de Valera
  • Geographical coverage
    Limerick, Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1999
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BN99/121
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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