RTÉ Radio launched its new season line-up today and it features a new show from comedian Pat Shortt and a new series from Kathryn Thomas in which she travels to Rwanda twenty years on from the genocide to take a look at how that tragic event impacted on the music industry.
Shorts Shortts, which will see Pat Shortt perform a series of short plays spanning the historical, romantic, dramatic and the tragic.
Returning shows include Joe Duffy's Liveline, Drivetime with Mary Wilson, Late Debate with Audrey Carville , Oliver Callan's satirical entertainment show Callan's Kicks and Saturday with Claire Byrne returning on September 21st.
Today with Sean O'Rourke will fill the slot which was occupied by Pat Kenny before his recent departure to Newstalk. The new mid-morning current affairs magazine show debuts this Monday with stories of the day, sport coverage, in-depth features and consumer interest.
Jim Jennings, acting MD of RTÉ Radio said, "Today we launch a winning schedule that demonstrates the diversity and depth of Radio 1. RTÉ is committed to delivering engaging and compelling public service programmes, and this is at the heart of RTÉ Radio 1's mission."
RTÉ Radio 1 will also have exclusive national commentary on the All Ireland football and hurling finals, commentary on all of Ireland's remaining World Cup soccer qualifiers, and extensive Heineken Cup rugby coverage as well as coverage of Ireland's November international matches.