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RTE Radio 2FM, or 2FM as it is commonly referred to, is RTE's second national radio station. It broadcasts popular music programming and youth-programmes.

RTE Radio 2, as it was originally originally known, began broadcasts in 1979. "Like Clockword" by the Boomtown Rats was the first song on air, played by Larry Gogan. It was developed as a response by RTE to the pirate radio craze sweeping Dublin and the country. Its main inspiration in format was BBC Radio 1. Its' original slogan was "Radio 2 Comin'at'ya" and as well as broadcasting popular music, it broadcast a number of other musical strand as well as news and current affairs. Its original broadcast frequencies were 612 MW and later, 90-92FM. Original DJs included Larry Gogan, who moved over from RTE Radio 1, and Dave Fanning.

In 1986, "The Gerry Ryan Show", a morning topical radio show began broadcasts. Not long afterwards, RTE began radical changes to Radio 2's format. Most non-pop music programming was dropped. The station was rebranded as "2FM" in 1988. At this stage the basic schedule for the next decade or so was put in place: Ian Dempsey, Gerry Ryan, Larry Gogan, Garreth O'Callaghan, Tony Fenton, and Dave Fanning were staples of this period.

2FM in this period was at its most popular. Its' mobile broadcasting unit, the Roadcaster, made regular trips nationwide, and 2FM organised live events throughout Ireland such as the "Beat on the Street" and "Lark in the Park". New bands would often get their "big break" by being featured on the Dave Fanning Show. Gerry Ryan's radio show became a national institution.

However by 2000, this schedule looked very stale. In addition, 2FM suffered the high profile departure of Ian Dempsey to independent national radio station, 100-102 Today FM. Both Today FM and the emerging Independent Local Radio sector had eroded 2FM's once-unassilable listnership base.

John Clarke, a new Controller of 2FM, was brought in to sort out the station. He rebranded 2FM with a new blue and red logo and re-arranged the schedule. Ryan Tuburdy was poached from RTE Radio 1 to present "The Full Irish" breakfast programme, DJ Mark McCabe arrived to present a dance music show at weekends. Later, more changes saw Larry Gogan being moved from his lunchtime slot to drive time. A news programme, Newsbeat, was added to the schedules in response to criticisms that 2FM was not fufilling its remit as a public service broadcaster.

2FM still faces criticism that for a youth station, many of its DJs have been there a long time. Larry Gogan and Dave Fanning have worked with the station since the beginning. Many other DJs have spent the best part of twenty years with the station. Nevertheless, 2FM remains the most popular music-driven station in Ireland.


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