- 04 May 20
Chris Barry, Electric Eddie and Liam Coburn are also bashing out 'The Good Stuff' from the 60's to 90's with him...
The years are rock and rolling back as Blondie's 'Call Me' gets a spin on https://goldradio.ie, the new station launched this Bank Holiday Monday by former 2fm DJ Mike Moloney.
Playing 'The Good Stuff from the '60's to the '70's, Mike has got the old band back together with Chris Barry (FM104 & 98FM), Electric Eddie (2fm), Liam Quigley (98FM, Q102, 2fm & Radio Nova), Mick Mulcahy (Cork’s 96FM & Red FM), Pat James (Radio Nova), Bob Conway (2fm, KFM & East Coast FM) and Dave Lyons (98FM, Classic Hits 4FM & DJ at Copper Face Jacks) also doing their jocktastic thing.
“When RTE announced that they were going to shut their entire digital service, including RTE Gold, I couldn’t believe it!" Mike says. "Turns out I wasn’t the only one and out of that came the idea for Gold Radio. As the technology was easily available to everyone, we decided it was timely to launch Ireland’s first fully manned, digital only, radio station. It’s going to be a fun station, playing music everyone knows, staffed by DJs who the listeners will remember, and all of them got involved to play the music they love and have a good time. That attitude led to the station’s motto: ‘Gold Radio - Playing the Good Stuff’.
"The original idea was that all staff would be paid from the beginning, but Covid-19 put an end to that. The plan stalled for a while and then it was decided to go ahead anyway, with minimum funding, and at least get Gold Radio broadcasting. There was so much goodwill for the project that we found a load of presenters who were quite willing, at least for the moment, to go on air and work for nothing. Unlike most other stations these days, where presenters have to toe a company line and dare not adjust the computer playlist in front of them, our crew can happily change any track they don’t like that may appear on their playlist and say what they like, once it doesn’t get us sued! It’s that old-fashioned thing that we all grew up on - Personality Radio.
"Because of the times that are in it, we are not initially, going to go out looking for advertising, as such. We are going to pursue more of a sponsorship model. So, if you are an agency that would like to buy a radio station for a week, a month, a quarter etc – we’re the
folks for you. You can get to us via [email protected] and Alan is the man to look for.”
With Bronski Beat's 'Smalltown Boy' currently blasting out, they've certainly got the music right...