By Suzanne Pender
REGIONAL radio station Beat 102-103 has revealed a new-look midweek morning programming schedule featuring a popular Carlow presenter, on the back of record daily JNLR listenership figures.
For the first time in the youth-focused radio station’s 20-year history, over 100,000 people now listen in daily – up from a still impressive 97,000 in the last quarter of 2022.
Not content with resting on its laurels, Beat is using the record listenership figures as a launchpad for a revised midweek morning programming schedule, which begins this Monday 15 May.
Beat Breakfast will continue as normal but will now be followed by an all-new show hosted by Carlow native and Beat Breakfast producer Cillian Doyle.
The 60-minute show, dubbed Beat Throwbacks, is set to feature the biggest tracks from the late ’90s and early noughties with a healthy dose of feelgood audience engagement.
“It really is a dream come true to have my own show on primetime radio,” said Cillian.
“I’m looking forward to filling the ears of the southeast with throwback tunes, while also having plenty of craic along the way. My mission is to make this show my own. Yes, that might sound cliché, but I genuinely adore all genres of music, from the pure cheese of Westlife’s classic noughties period to the slightly more serious nineties house scene.”
On the upcoming programming changes, Niall Power, head of station sound, revealed that he was “beyond excited” about what is to come as Beat quickly approaches its 20th birthday celebrations.
“These exciting programming changes, coupled with a new music policy, serve to build on the incredible success Beat has achieved over the last two decades.”