Classic Hits (Ireland)

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Classic Hits
Classic Hits (Ireland) logo.png
Broadcast areaGreater Dublin, County Cork, County Limerick, County Clare and Galway
SloganIreland's Only Multi-City Radio Station
Frequency94.9 FM (Dublin)
94.8FM (Cork)
94.6–97.4 MHz, 104.2–104.9 MHz
First air date27 February 2009
FormatCommercial
Language(s)English
OwnerBay Broadcasting Ltd
WebcastListen Live
Websiteclassichits.ie

Classic Hits is an Irish independent multi-region radio station based in Dublin, and broadcasting to that city as well as Cork, Limerick, Galway, County Clare, County Wicklow, County Kildare and County Meath.

[1]The station broadcasts under a sound broadcasting contract from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, aimed at Ireland's four main commuter belts, hence its original name of "4FM". It later went by "Classic Hits 4FM", dropping the "4FM" part in 2018.[1][2]

The station is part of Bay Broadcasting Limited, which also has interests in Radio Nova and Sunshine 106.8.

Old logo

Programming[edit]

Classic Hits has an adult contemporary music/classic hits driven format with music from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s with a small amount of more recent music.

The station's flagship breakfast show is presented by PJ Gallagher and Jim McCabe. Niall Boylan hosts two daily phone-in shows from 12:00-14:00 and 21:00-23:00 while an additional pre-recorded programme, Niall Boylan Extra, continues until 01:00. The show won best talk show award at the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards Gala in June 2017.

A five-hour drivetime show was hosted by Gareth O'Callaghan before his retirement in August 2018.

The station has a commitment to regularly play Irish music, which it promotes under the slogan Guaranteed Irish. A specialist Irish-language programme is hosted on Sunday nights by Laois De Cantalun.

Additional specialist programming includes the twice-daily segment Classic Song Investigation, Classic Love Songs, Club Classics and 90's @ Nite.

Programming is broadcast from its digital studios located at Castleforbes House in Dublin's Docklands area.

Former Presenters[edit]

The breakfast show was previously presented by PJ and Damien Farrelly, before that Jim McCabe and originally Gareth O'Callaghan.

Awards[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2012 Classic Hits 4FM PPI Radio Awards Community/Social Action Gold
2012 Classic Hits 4FM PPI Radio Awards Station Imaging Bronze
2015 The Niall Boylan Show PPI Radio Awards Interactive Speech Programme Gold
2012 The Niall Boylan Show New York Radio Awards Human Interest Silver
2013 Classic Hits 4FM New York Radio Awards Community Service Bronze
2013 The Niall Boylan Show New York Radio Awards Best Scheduled Talk Show Bronze
2014 Niall Boylan New York Radio Awards Speech Broadcaster Of The Year Silver
2013 Classic Hits 4FM The Love Radio Awards Best Radio Station Ad (National) Silver
2013 Classic Hits 4FM The Love Radio Awards Best Government/Public Sector Silver
2013 Classic Hits 4FM The Love Radio Awards Best Retail Silver
2013 Classic Hits 4FM The Love Radio Awards Best Radio Station Ad (National) Gold
2014 Classic Hits 4FM The Love Radio Awards Best Motor Trade Gold
2014 Classic Hits 4FM The Love Radio Awards Best Radio Station Ad (National) Bronze
2014 Classic Hits 4FM The Love Radio Awards Best Radio Station Ad (National) Gold
2014 Classic Hits 4FM The Love Radio Awards Best Radio Station Ad (National) Silver
2016 Classic Hits 4FM The Love Radio Awards Best Motor Trade Silver

Frequencies[edit]

Cork[edit]

Frequency Transmitter Service area Power
94.8 MHz Hollyhill Cork City and SE Cork 1.6 kW
94.8 MHz Seskin (Bantry) Bantry and SW Cork N/A
95.2 MHz Fermoy Fermoy 0.1 kW
95.4 MHz Nowen Hill West Cork 5 kW
97.2 MHz Youghal Youghal 0.1 kW
97.4 MHz Bweeng Mountain North Cork, North East Cork and parts of South and East Limerick through overspill 2.5 kW
97.4 MHz Carrigaline Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Cobh and surrounding areas 0.1 kW

Limerick/Clare[edit]

Frequency Transmitter Service area Power
104.2 MHz Woodcock Hill Limerick City and County 5 kW
104.6 MHz Maghera County Clare, parts of County Limerick, County Galway and some parts of County Kerry 50 kW

Galway[edit]

Frequency Transmitter Service area Power
104.2 MHz Clifden West Galway 1 kW
104.9 MHz Tonabrocky Galway city and surrounding areas 5 kW

Dublin and commuter belt[edit]

Frequency Transmitter Service area Power
94.6 MHz Saggart Hill Commuter belt areas of County Kildare and County Meath 0.5 kW
94.9 MHz Three Rock Mountain Dublin city and county 1.5 kW
94.6 MHz Bray Head Bray and Greystones 0.2 kW

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Press Releases 2009 - BCI SIGNS CONTRACT WITH 4FM FOR FIRST MULTI-CITY SERVICE". Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. 2009-02-19. Archived from the original on 2 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
  2. ^ https://radiotoday.ie/2015/05/former-rte-radio-tv-host-derek-davis-has-died/

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