The Dave Fanning Show

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The Dave Fanning Show is a radio program broadcast on RTÉ Radio. The show is presented by Dave Fanning and has, at various times, been broadcast on both RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ 2fm.


U2 in studio with Dave Fanning in 1982

The first "Dave Fanning Show" was broadcast on RTÉ Radio 2 from the 1970s.[1] This music-based show featured the Fanning Sessions, where aspiring bands were afforded a full recording session which was subsequently played on Fanning's radio show. U2 recorded one such Fanning Session, in return for which Fanning was given the world-exclusive first play of all new U2 singles. Other bands to record Fanning Sessions have included The Cranberries,[2] JJ72, Kerbdog and Therapy?.[3]

With updating schedules, the "Dave Fanning Show" was broadcast at different time-slots throughout the 1980s and 1990s on RTÉ Radio 2 (which was rebranded "2FM" in 1988). Focusing on music until the early 1990s, the format was updated to include a mix of music, movie news, lifestyle items, competitions, and guests. The last such incarnation of this weekday "Dave Fanning Show" was broadcast on RTÉ 2fm from March 2002 until July 2006.

In 2006, the "Dave Fanning Show" was moved to RTÉ Radio 1. By 2009, however, it was returned to RTÉ 2FM as an evening weekday show.[4][5]

As of 2020, the "Dave Fanning Show" is broadcast as a weekend midday magazine/chat show on RTÉ 2FM.[6]

On 22 February 2023, Fanning announced that he was stepping away from his weekend show on RTÉ 2FM but that he would continue broadcasting on digital radio, on TV and online.[7]

Signature tunes[edit]


  1. ^ "RTÉ Archives - U2 Through the Decades". In August 1979, listeners to the "Dave Fanning Show" were invited to choose the "A" side to U2's first single
  2. ^ "The Dave Fanning Show (1993.03.02) | Cranberries World". Retrieved 16 February 2023.
  3. ^ Therapy? Interview - Dave Fanning Show; 2FM, 1999, retrieved 16 February 2023
  4. ^ "Fanning moves back to 2FM". RTÉ. 18 August 2009. Archived from the original on 21 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Fanning moves back to 2fm". Hot Press. 17 August 2009. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012.
  6. ^ "The Dave Fanning Show". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Dave Fanning to 'step back' from weekend 2FM show". RTE News. 22 February 2023. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  8. ^ Oh Well by Fleetwood Mac - Track Info | AllMusic, retrieved 16 February 2023
  9. ^ The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet, retrieved 16 February 2023
  10. ^ Jones, Damian (13 January 2023). "The Strokes share early version of 'The Modern Age' from new box set". NME. Retrieved 16 February 2023.

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