East Coast FM
|Broadcast area||Wicklow and Environs|
|Slogan||Wicklow's favourite radio station|
|Frequency||94.9 MHz, 96.2 MHz, 99.9 MHz, 102.9 MHz and 104.4 MHz (Arklow)|
|First air date||21 October 1989|
|Owner||East Coast Radio Limited|
East Coast FM (formerly known as BLB, Horizon FM, then East Coast Radio) is an Irish local radio station broadcasting from Bray, County Wicklow under a sound broadcasting contract from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
The station operates in County Wicklow and into the adjoining counties of Dublin, Kildare, Carlow and Wexford, broadcasting on the following frequencies: 94.9 FM, 96.2 FM, 99.9 FM, 102.9 FM and 104.4 FM in Arklow. To achieve coverage of all of its franchise area, it requires six transmitters including stations at Bray Head, Wicklow Head, Avoca, Arklow, Baltinglass and a transmitter located at Slieve Thoul in Saggart County Dublin where the Wicklow, Kildare and Dublin borders meet.
East Coast FM began as BLB (Bray Local Broadcasting) as an unlicensed operator and was launched as "Horizon Radio" when it received a licence from The Independent Radio & Television Commission (now known as The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland).
In 2002, The station was renamed from "East Coast Radio" to "East Coast FM" and they moved from its Victorian premises at Prince of Wales Terrace on Quinsboro Road, Bray (where it had been located since 1985) to a state-of-the-art Radio centre complex in Ballywaltrim, Bray. The station is located on Killarney Road. BLB had operated out of a rooftop office on top of what is now Katie Gallagher's pub on Strand Road in the early 1980s.
East Coast FM is owned by East Coast Radio Limited. Denis O'Brien's Communicorp group, is a former shareholder in the station - it was a shareholder from 1998 to 2008. East Coast FM has the largest weekly reach (49%) of any station measured in County Wicklow.
East Coast FM broadcasts from its studios in The Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Arklow, Co. Wicklow some Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons for "The Big Weekend" with presenter Ian Garland, Ryan O'Neill, Jim O'Neill or Mark Robinson, in the main hall.
Outside broadcast unit
In 2014 the station acquired an outside broadcast vehicle, a Mercedes Sprinter previously operated by KFM (Kildare) which has been seen regularly over the summer months in County Wicklow.
- Mark Robinson programme director ("Weekend Breakfast and Occasional Fill-In")
- Rob G ("Freshly Squeezed" Mon-Fri)
- Laura Wood ("Freshly Squeezed" Mon-Fri)
- Declan Meehan ("The Morning Show")
- Ryan O'Neill ("East Coast Drive" & "Saturday Afternoons")
- Nikki Hayes ("East Coast On Demand" Mon-Thurs")
- Clare Hogan ("The Morning Show Producer")
- Tommy Greene ("East Coast Lunch" & "Solid Gold Sunday")
- John Hughes ("Love Tonight Mon - Thurs")
- Traic O'Braonáin ("Love Tonight as gaeilge" Sunday Nights)
- Don Swift ("The Don Swift Show" Sunday Mornings)
- Michael Sargeant ("Sunday Night Sport")
- Mike Duggan ("Totally 80's")
- Jim O' Neill ("Sunday Afternoons & Fill-In")
- Gerry Healy
- Ian Garland
Many Names who have worked with East Coast FM since its first airing in 1989.
- Bob Conway ("Today FM")
- Greg Gaughren ("Radio Nova")
- Carol Dooley ("Sunshine 106.8 & KCLR96FM")
- Enda Caldwell ("Various Radio Stations")
- Joe Harrington("Sunshine 106.8")
- Jim McCabe ("4FM")
- Trina Mara ("4FM")
- Andy Clarke ("98FM")
- Brian Walker
- Dave Harrington ("Tipp FM")
- Paul Byrne ("Clare FM")
- Wendy Grace ("Spirit Radio")
- Dave Redmond ("South East Radio & Radio Nova")
- Adrian Kennedy ("98FM")
- Darragh O'Dea ("KFM")
- Stephen Daly ("Q102")
- David Dennehy
- Sean Ashmore ("Sunshine 106.8 & KFM")
- Colette Fitzpatrick' ("TV3")
- Tracey Lee
- Claire Byrne ("RTÉ")
- Rick O'Shea ("RTÉ 2FM")
- Ray Foley ("RED FM")
- Marty Miller ("Radio Nova")
- Denzil Lacey ("FM104")
- "Kevin Brannigan"
- Gareth Farrell (Head of News)
- Rebecca O' Connor
- Hugh O'Farrell Walsh
- Rachael O'Brien