|Broadcast area||County Dublin Ireland|
|Slogan||We are Phantom, Music that Rocks|
UPC Ireland Channel 935, iPhone App
|First air date||31 October 2006|
|Owner||Dublin Rock Radio Ltd.|
Phantom plays mostly alternative rock with an emphasis on local artists, as well as alternative dance and hip-hop from local and international acts. Apart from general programming Phantom also has run many specialist shows dedicated to a specific genre of rock or to premiering new Irish and international acts.
Until 2003, Phantom operated as a pirate station, staying on air the majority of the time, apart from outages caused by frequency collisions with newly licenced stations, fear of raids by Comreg, and once, the theft of their transmission equipment from Three Rock Mountain. Since 2003, they have operated as an internet radio station, and under two temporary radio contracts (2003 and 2004) from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland.
Funding for Phantom during their pirate era came from sponsorship and advertising from local bands and promoters and even contributions from station staff.
A number of times during this period, the station went off air for licence applications. After two successful temporary licenses, Phantom applied for an alternative rock license offered by the BCI for Dublin in July 2004. They finally won a licence for an alternative rock station for Dublin in November 2004, beating the Zed FM consortium, Xfm and two other applicants.
Phantom's expected launch was delayed due to a legal challenges against the BCI regarding the license from Scrollside Ltd./Zed FM. An unsuccessful challenge to the High Court was followed by an appeal to the Supreme Court which was rejected on 6 April 2006. Phantom returned to the airwaves on the 31 October 2006, broadcasting on 105.2 FM.
Phantom 105.2 won the award for best music driven local station at the 2007 PPI Awards.
In 2010, Communicorp took a 30% stake and the station was relocated to Marconi House in January 2011 where it shares facilities with Today FM and Newstalk. A number of redundancies resulted from the move and cost cutting including the redundancies of Marketing Manager Brian Daly and Traffic Manager Laura Lee Conboy along with the resignation of Chief Executive Ger Roe and the dismissal of General Manager Simon Maher. Ricky Geraghty has replaced Ger Roe as CEO and Keith Walsh has replaced Fiona Scally as Programme Director.
In August 2012 it was announced that a number of weekend presenters would be leaving the station in a bid to cut costs. They include Pearl, Dee Reddy, Shane Galvin, James Byrne and Derek Byrne. Co-host of Pure Morning, Michelle Doherty will also leave in mid-September to pursue an acting career.
Phantom 105.2 iPhone App
In November 2009, Phantom 105.2 launched an iPhone app. The free app (ver 1.1) is available in the iTunes Store worldwide and allows listeners access a 48K AAC+ live stream with song 'now playing' information, view the Phantom Twitter feed and contact the on-air studio via e-mail. Background listening is also available. The app was developed by All In Media Ltd., a UK radio data company.
List of Phantom 105.2 presenters
- Richie McCormack (Richie and Richie Mon-Thurs 19:00-22:00)
- John Caddell (Finest Worksongs, Mon-Fri 11:00-15:00 and Powerhouse, Sun 18:00-21:00)
- Claire Beck (Phantom Drive, Mon Fri 15:00-19:00,Sun 12:00-14:00)
- Richie Ryan (Richie and Richie , Mon-Thur 19:00-22:00) and Stadium Rock, Sat 14:00-18:00)
- Derek Byrne ("The Lounge", Tue 22:00-00:00)
- Ray McGowan (Metal Notes, Mon 22:00-00:00)
- Cathal Funge (Sat 11:00-14:00 and I-Con, Wed 22:00-00:00)
- Nadine O'Regan (The Breakfast Club, Sat 08:00-11:00)
- Laura Lee Conboy (Spiral Stares, Thu 22:00-00:00)
- Sinead Ní Churnáin (Carraig Chrua, Sun 09:00-10:00)
- Dee Reddy (Sun 09:00-12:00)
- Jack Hyland (Sun 14:00-18:00)
- Orlagh Donnelly ("Random Access", Sun 21:00-00:00)
- Eamonn Fennell ("Random Access", Sun 21:00-00:00)
- Joe Donnelly ( Phantom Breakfast, Mon-Fri 0700-1100)
- Keith Walsh (Phantom Breakfast, Mon-Fri 0700-1100)
- Rob Hughes (The Phantom Sessions Thurs 0000-0100)
Notable former presenters
- Michelle Doherty
- Ger Roe - Chief Executive
- Simon Maher - General Manager
- Sinister Pete, aka Peter Vamos
- Edel Coffey (Irish Independent, RTE 2XM)
- Cormac Battle (RTÉ 2FM)
- John Walshe (State)
- Taragh Loughrey-Grant (RTÉ Online)
- Sinéad Ní Mhórdha
- Louise Byrne (Dublin's 98 news)
- Jenny Huston (RTÉ 2FM)
- Dan Hegarty (RTÉ 2FM)
- Steve Conway former offshore Radio Caroline presenter and author
- Muireann O'Connell
- Phill Udell
- Ian Long (aka Jon Jetson)
- Gavin Manley (aka Dave K)
- Jim Carroll
- Orla Ormond
- Jason Byrne
- James Byrne
- PPI Music Driven Local Station Of The Year (2007)
- Digital Media Awards - Best Entertainment Content (Web/Mobile) (2008)
- Irish Web Awards - Best Radio Station Website (2008 & 2009)
- Highly Commended in the Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2010 (Best Sponsorship of an Event)
- PPI New Irish Music/Musical Talent Programming (2013) Icon - Songwriter Special
- *Wright, Ian "Radio's Phantom Saviour", Cluas, October 2006, accessed July 2, 2009
- *Mulally, Una "Phantom and Zed's rock 'n' roll radio ructions at the BCI", Irish Independent, February 12, 2006.
- *Mulally, Una "Phantom Apparition", Sunday tribune, October 29, 2006.
- *Hickey, Shane "Phantom to go on air at the end of October", Irish Independent, September 14, 2006.
- Phantom 105.2 website
- Phantom 105.2 on Facebook
- Phantom 105.2 on Twitter
- Phantom 105.2 iPhone App on iTunes
- Phantom 105.2 Android App on Google Play
- Phantom FM - Listen Live