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Anocht FM Celebrates 5 Years on Air

Anocht FM Celebrates 5 Years on Air

Anocht FM, the night-time service dedicated to younger listeners on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, will be celebrating 5 years on the air on May 2nd. The creation of the service allowed English-language lyrics to be broadcast on the station for the first time, a significant and somewhat controversial change to station policy. 

The first English-language song, as chosen by the listeners, to have the honour of gracing the RnaG airwaves was ‘Blister in the Sun’ by the Violent Femmes and the opening night also featured a live concert with, among others, Kíla, Liam Ó Maonlaí, John Spillane and Nina Hynes.

‘An Ghealach Ghorm’, the folk music programme presented by Áine Hensey on Saturday nights, has been part of the Anocht FM schedule from the start and on May 1st the programme will mark the 5th birthday with a show packed with the music most popular with listeners since the show began.

On Tuesday May 4th, ‘An Caifé Ceoil’, new to the Anocht FM schedule since January, will take a look back at the last 5 years. Presenters Síle Ní Scanláin and Colman Seoighe, both from Connemara, will talk to some of the presenters of the early Anocht FM programmes and listen back to that first nightback on May 2nd 2005.

Cian Ó Cíobháin’s underground music programme ‘An Taobh Tuathail’ has been on the air for almost 11 years, and has been part of the Anocht FM schedule from the very start. On May 18th Cian will have a special edition of the programme marking the 30th anniversary of the suicide of Ian Curtis, the lead singer of cult Manchester band Joy Division.

Commenting on the 5th birthday of the service, Seán Ó hÉanaigh, Director of programmes at the station, said: “Anocht FM, and the introduction of English-language lyrics from 9pm to 1am, was a giant step for RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and as we celebrate its 5th birthday it’s great to be able to say that it was certainly a step worth taking, and that it has been a great success. The Anocht FM programmes are enjoying an increasing listenership and feature a winning mixture of contemporary, chart, classic, country, folk, world and underground music.”

Anocht FM can be heard on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta every night from 9pm – 1am.

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