Beat 102 103

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Beat 102 103
Beat 102 103 Logo.png
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

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]



Time Show Presenter(s) Details
00.00–01.00 Beat Breakfast Replay Niall Power (Presenter), Vincent (Vinny) Bradley (Sport) & (News) A replay of yesterday's / Friday's Beat Breakfast
01.00–03.50 The Beat Goes On Dave Cronin Music through the night
03.50–05.50 The Beat Goes On Ray Colclough Early morning tunes
05.50–06.50 Beat Early Breakfast Niall Power Early breakfast show with music
06.50–09.50 Beat Breakfast Niall & Vinny Breakfast show, with the News, Sport, Traffic and Entertainment news
09.50–12.50 Beat at Work Darren Rice Late morning music show
12.50–15.50 Beat's Big Lunch (12-50-13.50) / Beat at Work (13.50–15.50) Dave Cronin Beat's Big Lunch 1 hour of requested music; Beat at Work Afternoon music show
15.50–18.50 Beat Drive Andy Mac Drivetime music show with News, Sport and Traffic reports
18.50–19.50 The Top 7 at 7 Luke O'Faolain Vote for the biggest songs of the day on the Beat website
19.50–00.00 The Takeover Luke O'Faolain Featuring Beat's Big Shoutout and Chilled Beats.


Time Show Presenter Details
07.50–18.50 As Monday to Thursday See Monday To Thursday See Monday To Thursday
18.50–19.30 The Top 7 at 7 Ray C Vote for the biggest songs of the day on the Beat website
19:30-23.00 Ray C's Old Skool Party Ray C Classic tunes to kick off the weekend
23:00-00.00 The Friday Night MixUp Guest DJs 60 minutes in the mix


Time Show Presenter Details
00.00–03.00 Beat Anthems Niall Power The anthems continue into the night
03.00–07.50 The Beat Goes On Early morning music show
07.50–11.50 Weekend Beat Breakfast Vincent Bradley The week in rewind and your music now.
11.50–14.50 Andy Mac's Big Saturday Andy Mac The biggest hits on your weekend!
14.50–17.30 Saturday Sportsbeat Chris Ward Big hits with all the latest sport updates
17.30–18.00 Sportsbeat Roundup Stephen Long Beat 102 103's Main Sports Roundup
18.00–20.00 Beat Anthems Dave Cronin The South East's Official Saturday Night Party
20.00–22.00 Beat Anthems...In The Mix Trish Archer The South East's Official Saturday Night Party
22.00–03.00 The National Dancefloor Chart John Gibbons The Top 10 tunes in the nation's clubs
23.00–01.00 The Saturday Selection Darren Rice Upfront new tunes and guest mixes.
01.00–03.00 The Vinyl Sessions Andy Mac The Weekend Sessions continue


Time Show Presenter Details
02.00–07.50 The Beat Goes On Hit music through the night
07.50–09.50 Top 40 Oifigiúil na hÉireann Daithi O'Daibhin This weeks Top 40 Chart, as Gaeilge
09.50–11.50 The Sunday Grill Orla Rapple Chat show with guests & reviews
11.50–15.50 Old Skool Sunday Pete Windle Four hours of music from the 90s & 00s
15.50–18.00 More Music Sunday Trish Archer The most music.
20.00–22.00 Irishbeats Rob O'Connor Contemporary Irish music show
22.00–23.50 Top 40 Oifigiúil na hÉireann Daithi O'Daibhin This weeks Top 40 Chart, as Gaeilge

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
  • Emma Nolan – Broadcast Journalist

The Sports Team[edit]

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

Station Imaging[edit]

Yvonne Ussher is the female station imaging voice and Dave Davin 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".


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


  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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