My Radio career thus far.
Louise has worked in radio for over fourteen years or so, starting her radio journey with Flirt FM, Galway’s alternative student station where she worked as Production Manager. This was one of only two full time paid positions at the student radio station. Louise was twenty years of age and fresh out of college when she landed the role.
While continuing to work at Flirt FM, she then scooped up a weekend job at iRadio presenting iTest, which later became First Play. She also added iWeekend, a Saturday afternoon show to her radio suitcase, spending her weekends blissfully playing music and talking on the airwaves to the most fantastic listeners.
After spending 8 years presenting at the weekends and being iRadios main cover presenter, In January 2019 Louise landed her dream job with iRadio, taking over their talk show, “The Hub” it broadcasted Sunday – Thursday evenings 9pm – Midnight.
After two successful years broadcasting at that time slot, the CEO Mark Cunning decided the show needed to be heard at an earlier time and offered Louise the prime time slot of 6pm – 9pm – Monday to Friday.
This is the first time since the stations launch in 2008, where a talk show of this nature has been placed at a prime time slot in the schedule, this is testament to the quality of content and reaction from listeners that this show receives.
Less than six months into the new roll, In October of 2021, Louise’s show “The Hub” was awarded a bronze award at the National IMRO Radio Awards in the Magazine Show category. (This is like the Irish Radio Oscars, for any non radio readers).
Other esteemed radio veterins in this category were Ray D’Arcy, RTE Radio 1 who was awarded Gold, and Sean Moncrieff, Newstalk who was awarded the silver award.
The Hub on iRadio is a show aimed at giving the younger generation a voice in an ever changing society, especially at a time where it’s more important than ever to give this generation a platform.
Louise says “The show is an exciting collaboration of interviews and debates. I like to think I bring a range of opinions and thoughts to current affairs topics that allow listeners to express their feelings on the matters covered on the show.
On The Hub, there is no matter or topic too big, or two small that cannot be discussed or debated with the audience, if the topic matters to them, it matters to us. I also have the odd celebrity interview on the show, you never know who you’ll meet on “The Hub”.
How did it all begin with iRadio?
In 2010 I secured my first presenting job in iRadio, taking over their alternative new music show, called iTest, which became Vodafone’s First Play, then becoming First Play. It broadcast Sunday evenings on iRadio from 6pm – 10pm. I honestly cherished being able to play so much new music on the show, and meet so many amazing new talented bands; who I would invite in for studio sessions.
I also presented iRadio’s iWeekend, a fantastic Saturday afternoon show where I boldly boasted massive listenership of over 126,000 listeners. I loved the interaction with listeners, the giveaways, the music, everything about this show was upbeat, exciting and exactly what weekends are all about.
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