Classic Hits 80s to return for a second temporary radio licence with Rick Dees

Classic Hits 80s To Return Across Ireland For Second Run

Classic Hits 80s is to return! The FM radio station, operated by multicity broadcaster, Ireland’s Classic Hits Radio, will broadcast to Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway & Clare for 30 days from December 28th under a temporary radio licence from Coimisiún na Meán.

It’s the second year for the station to broadcast, with it taking over the FM frequencies operated by Christmas FM. This year, legendary DJ Rick Dees will join the station’s lineup to bring his iconic Weekly Top 40 radio show from the 1980s as well as Gareth O’Callaghan, Lucy Kennedy, Colm Hayes, Trina Mara, Damien Farrelly and many more.

Classic Hits 80s will give a taste of the greatest decade in music to Irish radio listeners but, this year, with a twist! This time, the station will be ‘Living in the 80’s’, travelling back in time and presenting the 80s it is the present day so that listeners can, well, live in the 1980s once again. Those tuning in will hear news stories from the 1980s broadcast as live and song such as Toto’s ‘Africa’, U2’s ‘With Or Without You’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ broadcast as new for the ‘first’ time. In addition, legendary DJ Rick Dees will return to Irish airwaves with his iconic Weekly Top 40 show, as broadcast on the original Radio Nova, each day between 1pm and 4pm. He’ll join other regular presenters from Ireland’s Classic Hits Radio such as Lucy Kennedy,  Colm Hayes, Gareth O’Callaghan, Damian Farrelly, Trina Mara as well as radio presenters Matt Dempsey, Roger Lane, Declan Ralph, Paul McGuinness, Gerry Healy, Jen Larke, Mike O’Brien, Nikki B, and more.

The management team consists of Programme Director Liam Thompson, radio consultant Dave Kelly and Matt Dempsey in the role of General Manager.

Liam Thompson says, “It’s going to be such an experience. Every four hours, we’ll time jump to a new year from the 1980’s so you’ll never know what you’re going to hear next. To really crank up the 80’s nostalgia, bringing Rick Dees back to Ireland’s airwaves with his Weekly Top 40 on weekdays, will be a treat!”.

Dave Kelly says, “Its great to be involved with this fun project on Classic Hit’s 80s. The big challenge for the jocks will be to remember they are live on air from over 40 years ago. I can’t wait to hear the presenters introducing the new song from Wet Wet Wet or hearing them talk about the new movie the saw last night called Good Morning Vietnam!”.

Matt Dempsey said, “Classic Hits 80s will be a blast! The opportunity to showcase such a great decade for music, culture, movies and lifestyle on FM across Ireland is well worth all the hard work of preparation behind the scenes over the past few months”.

CEO Kevin Branigan says, “We’re very excited to be returning on FM with Classic Hits 80s for a second year. We’ve put a lot of effort into it for this year and our mix of nostalgia, great music and stellar presenters is sure to be a hit on the radio dial. We’re always trying to drive awareness of Ireland’s Classic Hits Radio and bringing back Classic Hits 80s back onto FM is a fun and exciting way to do that. While our main station continues from Studio 1, Classic Hit 80s will come from next door in Studio 2 – both broadcasting on the FM dial in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway & Clare. It will be a very busy but enjoyable month for us”.

Classic Hits 80s will broadcast in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway & Clare on FM and nationwide on the Classic Hits smartphone app and website

To Listen to Classic Hits 80s

FM frequencies:

Dublin: 105,2 Mhz
Cork: 106.7 Mhz
Galway: 87.9 Mhz
Limerick/Clare: 105.5 Mhz.


Download our free smartphone apps for iOS.  Designed for iPhones and iPads, you can easily switch between Classic Hits 80s and our main channel, Ireland’s Classic Hits Radio – Click here.

Download our free smartphone apps for Android.  Designed for mobile and tablet, you can easily switch between all our stations and view ‘Now Playing’ information and rate our music. Get it in the Google Play store by clicking here.

Smart Speaker

Alexa: Enable the Classic Hits 80s Skill by asking Alexa to ‘Enable the Classic Hits 80s Skill’. Then say ‘Alexa, play Classic Hits 80s’

Google: Say ‘Hey Google, Play Classic Hits 80s’.

On Your TV

Virgin Media Digital TV subscribers in Ireland can listen to Classic Hits 80s on Channel 900.

Classic Hits 80s will be operated by Choice Broadcasting Ltd.

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