|Broadcast area||County Dublin, Ireland|
|Slogan||TXFM- This is Music|
|Frequency||FM: 105.2 MHz
UPC Ireland: 935
|First air date||31 October 2006 (as Phantom FM)
31 March 2014 (rebranded as TXFM)
|Owner||Dublin Rock Radio Ltd.|
TXFM plays mostly alternative rock with an emphasis on local artists, as well as alternative dance and hip-hop from local and international acts. Apart from general programming TXFM also has run many specialist shows dedicated to a specific genre of rock or to premiering new Irish and international acts.
Until 2003, Phantom operated as a pirate station, staying on air the majority of the time, apart from outages caused by frequency collisions with newly licensed stations, fear of raids by Comreg, and once, the theft of their transmission equipment from Three Rock Mountain. Since 2003, they have operated as an internet radio station, and under two temporary radio contracts (2003 and 2004) from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland.
Funding for Phantom during their pirate era came from sponsorship and advertising from local bands and promoters and even contributions from station staff.
A number of times during this period, the station went off air for licence applications. After two successful temporary licenses, Phantom applied for an alternative rock license offered by the BCI for Dublin in July 2004. They finally won a licence for an alternative rock station for Dublin in November 2004, beating the Zed FM consortium, XFM and two other applicants.
Phantom's expected launch was delayed due to a legal challenges against the BCI regarding the license from Scrollside Ltd./Zed FM. An unsuccessful challenge to the High Court was followed by an appeal to the Supreme Court which was rejected on 6 April 2006. Phantom returned to the airwaves on 31 October 2006, broadcasting on 105.2 FM.
Phantom 105.2 won the award for best music driven local station at the 2007 PPI Awards.
In 2010, Communicorp took a 30% stake and the station was relocated to Marconi House in January 2011 where it shares facilities with Today FM and Newstalk. A number of redundancies resulted from the move and cost cutting including the redundancies of Marketing Manager Brian Daly and Traffic Manager Laura Lee Conboy (she continued with her presenter role) along with the resignation of Chief Executive Ger Roe and the dismissal of General Manager Simon Maher. Ricky Geraghty has replaced Ger Roe as CEO and Keith Walsh has replaced Fiona Scally as Programme Director.
In August 2012 it was announced that a number of weekend presenters would be leaving the station in a bid to cut costs. They include Pearl, Dee Reddy, Shane Galvin, James Byrne and Derek Byrne. Co-host of Pure Morning, Michelle Doherty also left in mid-September to pursue an acting career. Subsequently, Dee Reddy and Derek Byrne were reinstated.
Keith Walsh left Phantom in December 2013 for 2FM. TXFM is operated by the holders of the Alternative Rock franchise for Dublin City and County.
2014: Job cuts and restructuring plans
On 14 February 2014, the board of directors of Dublin Rock Radio Ltd, trading as Phantom 105.2 announced that up to twenty staff would be made redundant. In a statement issued to the press, managers of the station said that the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland had granted permission to restructure the business "in order to ensure its long-term viability".
In February 2014, it was announced that an agreement had been reached with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to restructure the station resulting in the loss of all full and part-time staff with the exception of three day time presenters. The station would then be rebranded as TXFM with closer operational links with Today FM, also owned by Communicorp and who also broadcast from the same building.
On 16 March 2014 the station ceased broadcasting as Phantom 105.2. The last live show was Power House presented by John Caddell. Back to back music was then broadcast with identifications announcing "This is 105.2" with no reference to Phantom. The following presentation lost their jobs alongside backroom and support staff: Richie Ryan, Richie McCormack, Ray McGowan, Laura Lee Conboy, Charlotte Flood, Jack Hyland, Sinead Ni Churnain and Will St. Ledger. Charlotte Flood is a broadcasting assistant on Today FM. She was reinstated on TXFM in 2015.
2014-: As TXFM
It was subsequently confirmed that TXFM would relaunch on 31 March 2014, with a mix of existing and new presenters. The new lineup would see presented programmes from 7am to midnight on weekdays, including nightly two-hour specialist shows from 10pm; weekends will see a mix of presenter-led and specialist shows, including a Saturday night 'indie anthems' marathon.
List of TXFM presenters
The current presenter lineup of weekly programming on TXfm is:
- Cathal Funge(" TXFM Breakfast", Mon-Fri 07:00-11:00 & The Listening Post, Wednesday Only " 22:00-00:00) - has been with Phantom since the pirate era
- Claire Beck ("TXFM Daytime, Mon Fri 15:00-19:00) - has been with Phantom since 2011
- Joe Donnelly ("TXFM Drive ", Mon-Fri 15:00-19:00) - was with Phantom as a pirate for a period and rejoined again in September 2012
- Kelly-Anne Byrne (" TXFM Evenings ", Mon-Fri 19:00-22:00) - has been with Phantom since 2013
- John Caddell ("Revolver ,Sunday " 18:00-21:00)- has been with Phantom for most of its history
- Brian Keaveney (" Souled Out, Monday Only " 22:00-00:00)
- Gavin Glass (" The Pick Up , Tuesday Only " 22:00-00:00)
- Derek Byrne (" Transmission , Friday Only " 22:00-00:00)- - has been with Phantom since 2006, i.e. all or nearly all of its full licensed phase
- Nadine O'Regan (" Songs in the Key of Life", Saturdays 11:00-12:00 and repeated Sundays at 21.00) - has been with Phantom since 2006, i.e. all of its full licensed phase
- Orlagh Donnelly (" Ri Ra , Sunday Only" 07:00-09:00) - has been with Phantom for most of its full licensed phase (left or a while and came back again)
- Dee Reddy ( " Sunday Service, Sunday Only" 09:00-12:00) - started as a TV Critic on Phantom Daily presented by Simon Maher and has been with Phantom ever since, bar a brief period in 2012
- Paul Donegan ( " Weekend Wake Up, Saturday Only" 7:00-11:00)
- Niall Byrne( " Nialler9 , Thursday Only" 22:00-00:00)
- Claire O'Dowd ("TX Shuffle" , Sunday Only" 12:00-14:00) - no longer with TXFM
- Paul & Johnny (" Park Life , Saturday and Sunday Only" 14:00-18:00)
Presenters who have joined subsequently:
- Tara Harrison ("Friday Nights", 19:00-22:00)
- Esther Moore O'Donoghue ("Saturday Lunch". 12:00-14:00)
- Paul McLoone (joined TXFM January 2015 to present "Another Side", Saturdays, 18:00 - 19:00, repeated every Sunday night 22:00- 23:00) - main station is Today FM where he presents his own show, "The Paul McLoone Show" every Monday to Thursday from 9pm to midnight. In addition, McLoone is also best known for being the current lead vocalist/frontman with the Northern Irish rock/new wave group, The Undertones and for also co-creating the highly successful and popular Irish comedy sketch series, "Gift Grub".
- Charlotte Flood ("TX Anthems", Saturdays, 19:00-22:00) - originally joined Phantom in 2008 and left in 2014. Main station now is Today FM where she works as a research assistant.
- Sunday Morning Wake Up Zone 07:00-09:00 Sunday Only
- The Set List 21:00-00:00 Sunday Only
- Late Night Indie Anthems 22:00-02:00 Saturday Only
- Overnight Music 00:00-07:00 Mon-Fri Only
Caddell, Beck and Donnelly all remain with the station as part of the launch lineup of TXFM, though all will be in new slots with Caddell on Sunday nights, Beck on daytime and Donnelly on drivetime and Cathal Funge on breakfast
A number of the presenters have previous connections with SPIN 1038 (Communicorp's youth station) - Joe Donnelly, Claire Beck, Claire O'Dowd and Paul Lynsky.
The new schedule for TXFM includes an expanded role for Cathal Funge, who became the new weekday breakfast presenter. Others who kept their jobs include: Kelly-Ann Byrne, Dee Reddy, Derek Byrne, Orlagh Donnelly and Nadine O'Regan.
Notable former presenters
- Richie Ryan
- Richie McCormack
- Ray McGowan
- Laura Lee Conboy
- Will St Leger
- Sinead Ní Churnáin (Carraig Chrua,
- Jack Hyland (Radio Nova)
- Eamonn Fennell
- Michelle Doherty
- Ger Roe - Chief Executive
- Simon Maher - General Manager
- Sinister Pete, aka Peter Vamos
- Edel Coffey (Irish Independent, RTÉ 2XM)
- Cormac Battle (RTÉ 2fm)
- John Walshe (State)FM104, 2FM
- Taragh Loughrey-Grant (RTÉ Online)
- Sinéad Ní Mhórdha |Radio Nova)
- Louise Byrne (Dublin's 98FM news)
- Jenny Huston (RTÉ 2FM)
- Dan Hegarty (RTÉ 2FM)
- Steve Conway former offshore Radio Caroline presenter, presenter with 8Radio.Com
- Muireann O'Connell (Dublin's 98FM)
- Phill Udell (State)
- Ian Long (aka Jon Jetson)
- Gavin Manley (aka Dave K)
- Jim Carroll
- Orla Ormond
- Jason Byrne
- James Byrne
- Ray o Hara (premierfm) (abcfm Dublin)(RTE Radio 1 DOCUMENTARY ON ONE)
- Gavin Burke
- Will St Leger
- PPI Music Driven Local Station Of The Year (2007)
- Digital Media Awards - Best Entertainment Content (Web/Mobile) (2008)
- Irish Web Awards - Best Radio Station Website (2008 & 2009)
- Highly Commended in the Allianz Business to Arts Awards 2010 (Best Sponsorship of an Event)
- PPI New Irish Music/Musical Talent Programming (2013) Icon - Songwriter Special
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- *Mulally, Una "Phantom and Zed's rock 'n' roll radio ructions at the BCI", Irish Independent, 12 February 2006.
- *Mulally, Una "Phantom Apparition", Sunday tribune, 29 October 2006.
- *Hickey, Shane "Phantom to go on air at the end of October", Irish Independent, 14 September 2006.
- *Ciarán Hancock "Rock radio station Phantom 105.2 to cut jobs", Irish Times, 15 February 2014.
- "Phantom replacement TXFM launches Monday", RadioToday Ireland
- Official website
- TXFM on Facebook
- TXFM on Twitter
- TXFM iPhone App on iTunes
- Phantom FM - Listen Live http://www.liveradio.ie/stations/phantom