Radio Nova 100FM (Ireland)
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Radio Nova is a radio station licenced by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, based in Dublin, Ireland. It was awarded its broadcasting licence by the BAI in September 2008 and launched on 1 September 2010. It is the only Dublin radio station licenced to transmit to the extensive Dublin commuter belt, including Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and Meath (County Offaly can also pick up the frequency of Radio Nova 100fm however it is greater in some areas than others and Mullingar County Westmeath usually cannot get the station). Nova broadcasts on 100.3 FM from Three Rock Mountain Dublin, 100.5 from Saggart Hill, County Dublin, to serve County Kildare and 95.7 FM from Bray Head in North Wicklow, to cover County Wicklow. The station covers County Meath from its main Dublin transmitter (100.3 MHz).Radio Nova 100fm in County Offaly operates (100.3 MHz) to 100.5. Welsh fans can also tune in coastal areas such as Holyhead (Welsh: Caergyb)
The station is one of the few independent operations in the Dublin market, with most other stations owned by RTÉ, Communicorp or UTV. Its shareholders are Bay Broadcasting Ltd, Vienna Investments, Des Whelan and Pat McDonagh. It has loose shareholder affiliations with Red FM (Cork), WLR FM (Waterford), Classic Hits 4FM (Dublin) and Sunshine Radio (Dublin).
Nova broadcasts what it describes as a diet of "guitar-based music". In November 2012, it received a derogation from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to reduce its news content from 20% of total programming to 10%, on account of it being a special interest station. As a result, Nova continues to broadcast hourly news bulletins between 6 am and 12 midnight, as well as music news segments at various times during the day. Its main newscasters include John Harte and Conor Irwan.
Presenters include Pat Courtenay, Greg Gaughren, Marty Miller, Joan Lea, Dee Woods, Paul Moriarty, Pat James, John Bowe, Kevin Brannigan (Chief Executive), Ernie Gallagher, Dave Redmond, Steve McQuarrie, Adrienne O' Hora, Gerry Healy, Sean Ashmore, Steve Downes and Peter Devlin. Past presenters include Hugh O' Brien, Mike Maloney, Enda Murphy, Jason Dee, Barry Egan, Carol Dooley, Louise Maloney, Rick Wakeman and Breffni Clack.
The station is based at Castleforbes House, Castleforbes Road, Dublin.
- Radio Nova (Ireland) - pirate station by the same name operating from 1980 to 1986