Lyric FM made its first broadcast on 1 May 1999. This RTÉ News report shows Michael Comyn in the Limerick studio, introducing the new radio station.
The music and arts channel was developed from FM3 Classical Music, which broadcast classical music on the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta network. A new national FM transmitter network led to the decision to separate FM3 from Radió 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 and located in Limerick as part of a policy of regionalisation. At the time of its launch, RTÉ Lyric fm’s digital studios in Cornmarket Row were the most advanced in the country.
Cathy Halloran reports from Limerick on 1 May 1999. Broadcaster Éamonn Lawlor recalls how he listened to classical music as a teenager. Séamus Crimmins, Head of Lyric, says the new station is
all about great music.
Arts minister Síle de Valera is confident that Lyric will grow in listenership.