Beat 102 103

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Beat 102 103
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Broadcast area Counties Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Tipperary
Slogan Your Music Now
Frequency 102.0 – 103.1 FM
First air date Tuesday 1 July 2003
Format CHR
Language(s) English with dedicated Irish Language Chart Music programme
Audience share 15% (Jan 2014, JNLR)
Owner Landmark Media Investments.[1] (75%); Des Whelan (25%)
Sister stations WLR FM
Cork's Red FM
Webcast Here
Website beat102103.com

Beat 102 103 is an independent regional radio station in Republic of Ireland licensed by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland covering counties Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Tipperary in South East Ireland.[2] It began broadcasting on 1 July 2003 from studios at The Broadcast Centre, Ardkeen, Waterford City (shared with Waterford station WLR FM), becoming the first station to operate under a regional licence.[3]

The station is a Top 40 Hit/CHR station aimed at listeners aged between 15 and 35.

On 13 April 2007, Cork based Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH) announced it had acquired 75% ownership of both Beat 102 103 and WLR FM,[4][5] in a deal worth a combined €14 million[6] with WLR FM managing director Des Whelan keeping 25% of each.[7] TCH already had a media presence in the South East, owning several newspapers in the region.

Thomas Crosbie Holdings went into receivership in March 2013. The 75% stake was acquired by Landmark Media Investments.[8]

Beat News & Beat Sport[edit]

News and Sport bulletins are at 10 to the hour from 07.50 'till 17.50 daily, with a 10-minute Beat News Roundup broadcast at 12.30 and 18.30. At 19.50, 20.50, 21.50, 23.30 and 01.00 on weekdays, "The Juicy Bits", a news, showbiz and weather bulletin is broadcast, presented by Trish Archer.

The News Team[edit]

  • Gail Conway – News Editor
  • Andrew Lowth – Broadcast Journalist
  • Grace O'Sullivan - Broadcast Journalist

The Sports Team[edit]

  • Stephen Long – Sports Editor
  • Vincent Bradley – Sports Presenter (Beat Breakfast)

Station Imaging[edit]

Tara Murray is the female station imaging voice and Ben Murray is the male station imaging and promo voice of the station. Beat's sung jingles are by ReelWorld Europe. The station strapline is "Your Music Now".

Frequencies[edit]

Frequency Transmitter
102.0 MHz Mount Leinster
102.2 MHz Dungarvan
102.4 MHz Clonmel
102.6 MHz Gorey
102.8 MHz Carrickpherish
103.1 MHz Forth Mountain
103.1 MHz Carrick-on-Suir

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Receiver appointed to publisher of Irish Examiner as part of restructuring". RTÉ News. 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "BCI :: Regional Radio Service: Beat 102-103FM". Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Susan Mitchell (3 February 2003). "Ireland's regional radio: Beat, coming July". Sunday Business Post. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "Control of WLR FM and Beat 102–103 sold to Cork-based group". Munster Express. 20 April 2007. 
  5. ^ "TCM takes 75% stake of Beat 102–103". RTÉ. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Thomas Crosbie Holdings Ltd acquires majority stake in two more radio stations". Laois Nationalist. 19 April 2007. 
  7. ^ "TCH acquires two radio stations". TCM. 13 April 2007. 
  8. ^ "Receiver appointed to publisher of Irish Examiner as part of restructuring". RTÉ News. 6 March 2013. 

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