As part of a new look for the New Year, RTÉ 2fm has announced changes to its weekday and weekend schedules.
The new schedule is the first in a series of planned changes across 2010.
Weekends are the primary focus for the first stage of changes. Among the new faces on the station are Tommy Tiernan and Hector Ó hEochagáin, who join 2fm for a brand-new Saturday morning show, live from Galway City.
On Sundays, Neil Hannon and Thomas Walsh of The Duckworth Lewis Method (and Divine Comedy) will kick-off Celebrity Sunday, a new strand of programmes where well-known lovers of music share their own personal mix-tape.
Ruth Scott will head a new weekend breakfast show featuring talk, music and competitions to start the weekend.
On Saturdays at 12 noon RTÉ Sport will air a new two-hour general sports show.
Meanwhile, there’s more 2fm talk on Saturday afternoons as Dave Fanning presents a new two-hour gallop through the world of Fanning, with studio-guests, interviewees and new music features. Nikki Hayes follows at 4 every Saturday and Sunday.
During the week Rick O’Shea returns to mid-day in a new interactive lunchtime show and at 3pm every day Larry Gogan brings the Just A Minute Quiz back to five days a week with the return of Larry’s Golden Hour.
Will Leahy will continue to bring his own brand of celebrity gossip, music and entertainment updates live from Limerick at the earlier time of 4.00 pm.
There will also be changes to the evening schedule, with 4 hours of the coolest new music with Dave Fanning and Dan Hegarty. Friday and Saturday will be party nights on 2fm with Jenny Greene, Jenny Huston and Mr Spring.
John McMahon, Head of RTÉ 2fm says: "Be it the world of entertainment, sport, gossip, the best of pop or great new indie music, 2fm will be doing more of it in a bigger way than ever before. This will be a gradual process but the changes announced today are an indicator of where we are going. It’s going to be a busy year but I think it’s fair to say that there is real excitement on the floor at 2fm, and our listeners should be excited too."