South East Radio

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South East Radio
South East Radio logo
Broadcast area South East Region
Slogan Playing Your Favourites!
Frequency 95.6, 96.2, 96.4 MHz
First air date 20 October 1989
Format Multi Service
Owner Shareholders

South East Radio is an Irish radio station, broadcasting at: 95.6; 96.2, and 96.4 MHz.[1] Broadcasting from County Wexford the studios are based in a 19th-century Georgian-Styled former bank branch, located in Wexford Town on the quay.[citation needed]

The station successfully bid against Community Radio Wexford, another pirate radio station for the single available licence.[citation needed]. The Station also broadcasts into adjoining counties on the same frequencies such as Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford. The winning consortium had won the licence based on an application and an oral presentation given in Waterford on 27 April 1989. The station launched at 3pm on 20 October 1989. The first two pieces of music aired by the station were 'Boolavogue' by Paddy Reilly and 'Gone Forever' by Cry Before Dawn. The station was initially assigned 99.2FM by the IRTC, as this frequency was assigned to Mount Leinster. South East Radio moved to 95.6 MHz before the launch of RTÉ Lyric FM.

The initial name to be used by the station was Slaneyside. The name change to South East Radio came into effect in summer 1989 prior to the launch. RTÉ broadcaster Noel Andrews was recruited to head up the programming side of the station in the first year. he worked with then general manager Clive Roylance in recruiting on air presenters.

The initial line up was as follows:

7am – Breakfast with John Keogh 10am – Alan McGuire 2pm – Talk programme with Marian Egan 3pm – jarlath Judge 7pm – Specialist Programming 8pm – Various Presenters including Stephen Dee, Joe Howlin, Noel Quaid 10pm – Late Night Affair with Jimmy Ryan 2am – Close

The station started broadcasting on a 24-hour-a-day basis on 2 December 1989. Neil Butler presented the Nightflight programme.

The station's current managing director is Eamonn Buttle. South East Radio is owned by a group of Co. Wexford based shareholders.


The station broadcasts mainly adult contemporary music, pop & middle of the road music. These genres of music programming are designed to appeal to South East Radio's 25–55-year-old target audience.

South East Radio's Classic Gold each weekday morning from 9 on South East Radio Breakfast with Dave Redmond features your all time favourites.

Friday Night 80s with Jimmy Ryan back to back favourites from the decade that brought us legwarmers, dayglow hair and the Rubik's cube.

At the weekend "South East Radio Sport" offering comprehensive updates from across the region and around the world with two dedicated "Sports Hours" from 6pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

South East Radio's Cool Country with Brendan Walsh, your American Country Favourites from 7pm on Saturdays.

"South East Radio's Late Zone" featuring non-stop favourites from 9pm on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Sunday lunchtime at 1 "South East Radio's 80s Hour" with Lee Hynes.

The station regularly conducts Outside Broadcasts, they usually take place at the weekends.


Monday to Friday[2]

  • 7am – 10am South East Radio Breakfast with Dave Redmond
  • 10am – 12pm South East Radio's Morning Mix with Alan Corcoran
  • 12pm – 3pm South East Radio's All Request Lunch with Tony Scott
  • 3pm – 6pm South East Radio's Drivetime with Alan McGuire
  • 6pm – 8pm South East Radio's Country 'n' Irish Show with Tony Kehoe
  • 8pm – 9pm Specialist Programmes
  • 9pm – 1am "South East Radio's Late Zone with Jimmy Ryan
Tony Scott on Outside Broadcast, Christmas 2006


South East Radio shareholders entrust the management of the station to a group of seven managers:[3]

  • managing director: Eamonn Buttle
  • general manager: Liam Dwyer
  • Sales Manager: Marion Barry
  • Administrator: Orla McGuinness
  • Head of Programming and News: Michael Sinnott
  • Music Director: Dave Redmond


  • Dave Redmond ("South East Radio's Breakfast Show" Mon-Fri
  • Alan Corcoran ("South East Radio's Morning Mix" Mon-Fri)
  • Tony Scott ("All-Request Lunch" Mon-Fri)
  • Alan Mcguire ("South East Radio's Drivetime" Mon-Fri)
  • Tony Kehoe ("South East Radio’s Country n Irish Show" Mon-Fri, South East Radio's Saturday Breakfast)
  • Jimmy Ryan ( 9pm-1am Mon-Fri, South East Radio’s Late Zone”, South East Radio’s Saturday Afternoon Show)
  • Cecil Riddall ("Sounds for Sunday")
  • Dan Walsh
  • Pat Murphy
  • Seamus Coleman
  • Paddy Ryan
  • Lorraine Byrne
  • Lee Hynes ("South East Radio’s Late Zone” Saturday Nights)

News presenters[3][edit]

  • Michael Sinnott (Head of News & Sport)
  • Michael Doyle
  • David Fallon
  • Nicky Cowman
  • Jim Kealy
  • Janice Stafford
  • Emma Ní Riain

Sports presenters[edit]

  • Alan Corcoran (Sports Editor)
  • Liam Spratt
  • Paul Rowley

Former presenters[edit]

There have been many presenters on South East Radio since 1989.


The station provides a variety of programmes, music, and local news and information. The station also features a number of promotions and competitions including:

  • South East Radio's SECRET SOUND
  • The Old Grey Matter Test (South East Radio Breakfast)
  • The 60-second Quiz
  • Bitz n Pieces (South East Radio Breakfast– summer only)
  • Neil Butler's What's in my pocket?
  • Ford Fiesta Giveaway, 8 May and 8 Oct
  • Child's play (South East Radio Breakfast)


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