Tom Dunne

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Tom Dunne
Born Thomas Dunne
Dublin, Ireland
Residence Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education Engineering degree
Alma mater University College Dublin
Occupation Broadcaster
Employer Newstalk
Known for Morning radio show, singer/songwriter for Something Happens
Partner(s) Audrey Dunne
Children 2 Daughters; Eva & Skye

Thomas 'Tom' Dunne is an Irish radio broadcaster with Newstalk. He used to present The Tom Dunne Show on weekday mornings between 10:00am and midday until the arrival of Pat Kenny to the station. He is now a nighttime presenter. He used to have a show called Pet Sounds on Today FM, before moving to Newstalk. He was the lead singer of the band Something Happens.

Early life[edit]

Tom Dunne graduated from University College, Dublin, with a degree in engineering, before becoming lead singer and songwriter for the band Something Happens from the 1980s until the mid-1990s.

Radio career[edit]

Tom became involved in radio, initially presenting a show on 98FM, before moving to Today FM in 1999, where he presented the Pet Sounds show from 7.00pm to 10.00pm, Monday to Thursday. The show became known for playing a mix of alternative, indie rock and new music and frequently aired songs before they received mainstream radio airplay. Dunne also filled in on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show and The Ray D'Arcy Show.

Following Dunne's departure from Today FM, his position was subsequently taken over by Paul McLoone who served as the producer for "Pet Sounds", Dunne's Today FM show with McLoone later replacing Dunne on a permanent basis with McLoone now broadcasting his own radio show called "The Paul McLoone Show" which airs on Today FM every Monday to Thursday from 9pm to midnight.

Dunne moved to Newstalk in September 2008.[1] Newstalk and Today FM are part of the Communicorp Group, owned by Denis O'Brien. On Sunday nights, he presents an alternative-leaning music show on Newstalk called "Surf's Up".

Newstalk was obliged to issue an on-air apology to Mary Harney after Nell McCafferty's comments on The Tom Dunne Show in 2010. Nell McCafferty was unapologetic about her remarks.[2]

Television career[edit]

Dunne's first foray into TV presenting was on a short-lived youth-orientated music programme on RTÉ called Popscene. Dunne later took over the reins of Planet Rock Profiles from Dave Fanning, a programme that has aired on RTÉ, ITV, VH1, and many other TV stations around the world. He presented (along with Jenny Huston) RTÉ's coverage of the Electric Picnic music festival in 2006.[3] Dunne also presents a mobile TV show called The Hive on the 3 Ireland mobile network. Tom is the unseen presenter of RTE's The Zoo.

Other media work[edit]

Dunne occasionally contributes the voice of Bill Cullen to Today FM's Gift Grub. He writes a weekly column in the HQ Magazine City Entertainment supplement of the Evening Herald. He has also published three collections of his favourite songs by Irish artists, or artists associated with Ireland, known as the Tom Dunne Collections. In early 2006, he released The Definitive Tom Dunne Vol. 01: Pet Picks 2000-2006, a compilation of some of the most popular tracks from the Pet Sounds radio show.


In 2002, Dunne scooped the double of the Best DJ title at the Meteor Music Awards and the same prize from Hot Press magazine. He has five PPI Awards.

Year Recipient / Nominated work Award Result
2002 Tom Dunne Best DJ at the Meteor Awards Won
2002 Tom Dunne Best DJ from Hot Press Won


  1. ^ O'Brien, Jason (21 August 2008). "Dunne switches over to Newstalk". Irish Independent. Retrieved 21 August 2008. 
  2. ^ McDonagh, Patricia (12 March 2010). "Radio station apologises for Nell's 'Harney smear' on air". Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "RTÉ Two to broadcast Electric Picnic". RTÉ. 25 August 2006. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2008. 

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