This is truly the end of an era for RTÉ.
The National Broadcaster has announced that its most famous DJ is leaving the 2FM after 40 years.
Larry Gogan will present his last programme on 2FM on January 31st and from then on, will present the ‘Golden Hour’ on RTÉ’s digital station, RTÉ Gold.
The ‘Golden Hour’ will be hosted weekdays at 1pm.
In a statement, the presenter said that:
“I have loved all my time on 2FM and would like to thank all the amazing support from all my listeners, great colleagues and all the fantastic Irish and International artists I have been privileged to support and be a part of their success.
“I am thrilled to be moving over to Gold full time and being part of that exciting new digital world.”
The Golden Hour on 2FM was famous for its legendary ‘Just A Minute Quiz’.
Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ 2FM and Radio Strategy said this about Gogan’s departure to RTÉ Gold:
“There have been huge names associated with 2FM such as Gerry Ryan, Dave Fanning, Ian Dempsey, and of course Larry Gogan. Larry and these other great broadcasters were the foundation on which 2FM was built and paved the way for the other music driven stations in Ireland.”
“Larry’s love of music and radio has made him the greatest music DJ in Irish broadcasting history. No matter what time of day, whether it was weekday or weekend’s – audiences always followed Larry.
“The best thing any aspiring music presenter can do is to listen to Larry broadcasting. That gorgeous voice is his, not much you can do about that, but listen to the crisp tight warm links and how he only ever talks about the music. That is how to do it.”