RTÉ have announced that Dave Fanning, the legendary broadcaster who has been presented on 2FM since 1979 is to “step back” from his weekend show on the station.
The radio presenter is set to continue broadcasting on digital radio and TV.
He has presented the Dave Fanning Show on the station since May 1979, which was originally a weeknight music show. I remember listening to the show while studying particularly around the times of 1997 to 2001. The annual Fanning’s Fab Fifty lists (running since 1981) were a highlight. I distinctly Fanning playing OK Computer by Radiohead in full one evening, and no doubt his show is somehow responsible for my love of alternative music, and had some influence in my music taste, hence inspiring me to start Nialler9 in the first place.
Fanning posted the news on Instagram today.
“Very shortly, I’ll be launching the Fanning podcast on RTÉ Radio Player (and wherever else you get your stuff) and presenting a new music show on RTÉ Gold.
And with programmes like Fanning at Whelan’s on the telly and a bunch of new series on Gold (ranging from the 10-hour Fanning’s Fabbest 50s to other 10-parters like Irish Music: 60s-2000s), I’ll be turning up on 2FM on Bank Holidays starting with this coming St. Patrick’s Day Friday with a U2 special to celebrate the launch that day of the band’s new 40-year retrospective album.
So, I’m gonna split the scene for a while.
I’ve been thinkin’ ‘bout this for the past few years and have decided to step back from my weekend show on 2FM to spread the word of Fanning on the digital empire.
A busy year ahead; see you along the way.”
Fanning also hosts the Fanning At Whelan’s show on Virgin Media, has produced a 6-part radio series for BBC 6 Music on the history of Irish rock, broadcast on Sirius XM and Virgin Radio. He is also known for his close connection with U2 over the years.
“Dave Fanning is and will always be a cultural leader in Ireland,” said The Head of RTÉ 2FM, Dan Healy. “Dave’s judgement to move his content to the world of digital audio is smart and also no surprise. This is an exciting time for Dave and for RTÉ and his unique voice and personality will continue to engage audiences on new platforms No statement from me would accurately describe the role Dave has had in curating and being at the leading edge of culture in Ireland, never mind what he achieved for 2FM. I am thrilled that Dave will continue to be an important part of RTÉ.”