Lyric FM Ireland's new national radio station will be dedicated to classical music and the arts.

The new RTÉ radio station Lyric FM is getting ready to begin broadcasting from its Limerick studios.  A nationwide advertising campaign and test transmissions are underway ahead of the launch.

Prime Time anchorman Eamon Lawlor will embark on a new career as a presenter of classical music. 

Helen Shaw, Director of Radio at RTÉ, outlines the reasons why another RTÉ channel has been set up specifically dedicated to classical music. 

Head of the new channel Seamus Crimmins explains what listeners to the news service can expect.

Basically classical. Core classical but also we will have American song, operetta, jazz, traditional world, new age but the core sound will be accessible classical music during day time hours. 

Lyric FM goes on air from its Limerick studios on 1 May with a staff of thirty people alongside a number of freelance contributors. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 April 1999. The reporter is Colm Connolly.