Louise Duffy will present a new music program from January on RTÉ Radio 1 in a slot previously hosted by The Ronan Collins Show.
RTÉ’s announcement comes less than 24 hours after Collins revealed he would be leaving the show after 43 years.
“I am 70 years old this year and although age has nothing to do with that, it makes me realize how long I have been in this job,” said the lunchtime radio host RTÉ. Independence.ie. “There are so many other things that I want to do.”
Duffy, who previously worked at Today FM, was recently heard on RTÉ Radio 1 fill in Day late, Rise timeand Ronan Collins Program.
She will also become familiar to television audiences, most recently as the host of RTÉ’s eight-part musical show. Ballycotton session.
She said: “I am honored to be given the opportunity to host the biggest music radio show in Ireland and to follow in the footsteps of such an amazing broadcaster as Ronan Collins. I look forward to connecting with music lovers across the country, discovering new talent and adding to the amazing team of broadcasters at RTÉ Radio 1.”
Peter Woods, head of RTÉ Radio 1, added: “Louise Duffy knows her music. We are happy to have her on this station. Louise was the first woman to present lunchtime music on RTÉ Radio 1 – the number one music program in the country. She will bring integrity, both as a host and with her music choices.”
Earlier yesterday, Collins said Independence.ie how will he present his final show on December 23.
“But into the new year, I will continue with the Collins Collection on bank holidays and I am looking at other projects within RTÉ,” says Collins.
“I was very worried when people knew I wasn’t retiring. Old DJs never retire, they just fade away.
“I’ve been thinking about this move since June of last year,” said Collins, who as a drummer has played with Dickie Rock and still regularly performs on stage with his own band. “I decided it was time for a change and I did it. I was not forced out.”
“Working on the radio is great and I’m still full of enthusiasm… but really, I want to get ahead on my own.”
After a health scare last year, after which he fully recovered, Collins said he has reevaluated his life.
“Looking back at 43 years and 7 months, I decided I didn’t have 43 years left, or even 10 years, and there were so many things I wanted to do,” he said.
He also saw listener numbers skyrocket to 40,000 during the pandemic, and said it was a “huge boost” to know that “forces” wanted him to keep doing the lunchtime slot. from noon to 1pm.
“I never mentioned the word Covid once during the pandemic, but we played a game of ‘relax the lock on’ and this made such an impression on the listeners, they wanted to be light relief and we gave that to them on the show,” Collins said.
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Collins began his career as a radio DJ when he opened RTÉ Radio 2 in 1973.
He then presented the afternoon program on RTÉ Radio 1 for the best part of 19 years, before moving on to the lunchtime program he has presented 5 days a week for the past 17 years.
“I enjoyed every minute of it and I loved performing with the band, so on the first show of Collins Collectionwill air on January 2, 2023, will feature me, the band and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, so it’s been a very neat transition and I’ll be on every bank holiday in the meantime the rest of the year with the show,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/radio/louise-duffy-replaces-ronan-collins-slot-on-rte-radio-1-as-dj-vows-to-leave-on-a-high-42209060.html Louise Duffy takes Ronan Collins’ place on RTÉ Radio 1 as DJ vows to leave ‘above’