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Dan Hegerty - 2fm at night

  • 28-09-2013 9:54pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 68 ✭✭


    I have often wondered how this nonentity has remained in his job on late night 2fm for 10 years. He has only 700 listeners. You would think they would have tried a phoneshow rival at some stage.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,746 ✭✭✭Drag00n79


    He has only 700 listeners.
    Is that true?


  • Registered Users Posts: 41 RadioAnalyst


    I have often wondered how this nonentity has remained in his job on late night 2fm for 10 years. He has only 700 listeners. You would think they would have tried a phoneshow rival at some stage.

    Where does the 700 listeners figure come from? According to the latest JNLR figures, Dan Hegarty has 10,000 listeners per night in that timeslot.

    Still not great numbers but a lot more than 700! Averaging out the quarter hours he is marginally behind Paul McLoone on Today FM.


  • Registered Users Posts: 117 ✭✭westmidlands


    Is it also true that this show is a replay of his show on the digital station RTE Pulse that is on at 10 in the morning? I have never listened to check.


  • Registered Users Posts: 140 ✭✭LeakyGee


    The whole 'indie -radio -cool ' thing is not popular anymore. It was fashionable for the 'Pet Sounds' years but it's pretty much a dead duck these days. Phantom, an entire radio station playing this kind of music struggles to get a weekly audience that most local radio breakfast shows have every single day. The audience is just not there for it.

    Dan has a tiny listenership because he is on late at night playing specialist music to a tiny audience of specialist music fans.

    Having said that, Dan is really good a what he does and he plays some cracking good music,but it's not for everyone.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 241 ✭✭Ava_e


    Always thought he is one of the superior DJs on radio. He plays music that people want to hear. End of story.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 180 ✭✭eiresandra


    Ava_e wrote: »
    Always thought he is one of the superior DJs on radio. He plays music that people want to hear. End of story.

    The figures don't support your argument. 10,000 figures nationally - the youth stations would have multiples of that just in their own franchise area.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,640 ✭✭✭skimpydoo


    Ava_e wrote: »
    Always thought he is one of the superior DJs on radio. He plays music that people want to hear. End of story.
    That accolade belongs to Pat James on Nova the best DJ in Ireland by a long mile.


  • Registered Users Posts: 41 RadioAnalyst


    LeakyGee wrote: »
    The whole 'indie -radio -cool ' thing is not popular anymore. It was fashionable for the 'Pet Sounds' years but it's pretty much a dead duck these days. Phantom, an entire radio station playing this kind of music struggles to get a weekly audience that most local radio breakfast shows have every single day. The audience is just not there for it.

    Dan has a tiny listenership because he is on late at night playing specialist music to a tiny audience of specialist music fans.

    Having said that, Dan is really good a what he does and he plays some cracking good music,but it's not for everyone.

    I think Leaky Gee (!) has made a very good point here. The music that Dan Hegarty plays similar to that played by Paul McLoone and Phantom all day is totally out of fashion at the moment.

    The statto in me has gone back in the JNLR figures for Today FM by means of example when Tom Dunne's Pet Sounds was competing with Dave Fanning on 2FM. Between 7 and 10pm at the end of 2005, Today FM had a national reach of 42000 listeners while 2FM had 38000 in the shorter 8-10pm slot. A combined total of 80000 listeners nationally per night.

    Fast forward to the most recent JNLR book which still has Paul McLoone on 7-10pm for comparitive purposes. 2FM now have about 21000 from 8-10 pm and Today FM have 29000. That comes to approx 50,000 total which is a drop of around 40%.

    These figures should not be the only deciding factor in programming decisions. After all, the JNLR is a quantitive rather than a qualitive survey but they do provide an insight into the dropping audience for a musical genre. Question for Fanning, McLoone and Geraghty is whether a peak will follow this deep trough.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 52 ✭✭Dwoogle


    They should have a lady with a sexy voice doing a live show at this time of night.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,309 ✭✭✭✭Bard


    Dwoogle wrote: »
    They should have a lady with a sexy voice doing a live show at this time of night.

    Live show? Dan Hegarty's show isn't live on 2FM. It's live on digital station 2XM earlier in the day.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 27,834 ✭✭✭✭ThisRegard


    Bard wrote: »
    It's live on digital station 2XM earlier in the day.

    And a pretty great show it is too.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,480 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011


    Bard wrote: »
    Live show? Dan Hegarty's show isn't live on 2FM. It's live on digital station 2XM earlier in the day.

    I think that was part of the point there.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9 Homer Jay Thompson


    He is bring replaced by Chris Green and ciara king


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,039 ✭✭✭MJ23


    He sounds like a stoner.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,309 ✭✭✭✭Bard


    MJ23 wrote: »
    He sounds like a stoner.

    Relaxed and groovy? Sounds like a good direction for 2FM :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 47 mini homer


    The only good show I listen to on 2fm.hope he doesn't get the axe even if it is pre recorded it's a great show...it's gonna be hard to replace dan...him and Jenny Huston were the only good night shows on radio now she's gone...2fm gone to the dogs.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 135 ✭✭Turn the radio on


    I heard a bit of his show last night after Chris and Ciara, I found it very mainstream tbh, The artic monkeys and Lou Reeds take a walk on the wild side.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 297 ✭✭John Joe Jones


    Chris & Ciara now have 12k listeners in that slot, that's up 2k on what Hegarty had.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,604 ✭✭✭GSF


    Chris & Ciara now have 12k listeners in that slot, that's up 2k on what Hegarty had.

    Probably within the sampling margin of error in reality


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 613 ✭✭✭The Parish Priest.


    is he an RTE employee or a contractor I wonder ? He has played a good game to have lasted so long


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 87 ✭✭Basal


    His fans must be absolutely delighted that he's back at 10pm indefinitely.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 27,834 ✭✭✭✭ThisRegard


    He's still on 2XM in the afternoon the last while too.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,670 ✭✭✭MikeyTaylor


    is he an RTE employee or a contractor I wonder ? He has played a good game to have lasted so long

    They're all contractors as far as I know.


  • Registered Users Posts: 381 ✭✭Ballycommon Mast


    Since Hergarty is apparently RTE staff, perhaps they could transition him over to RTE Radio 1 to take over from John Creedon when he retires now that Jenny Greene is getting the 10/Midnight slot on 2fm ?



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,914 ✭✭✭Declan A Walsh


    Is Dan Hegarty staff? I assumed he was a contractor like practically all the presenters on 2FM.


    I love the way his name is spelt four different ways on this thread, including the thread title which got it wrong!



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,397 ✭✭✭ford fiesta


    Yes he is RTE Staff ...though I wonder will his show will remain on RTE 2XM?

    Just like Will Leahy and Rick O'Shea moved from RTE 2FM to Digital radio RTE Gold



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,914 ✭✭✭Declan A Walsh


    Whatever about 2FM, why would his alternative rock show not remain on RTE's digital alternative station 2XM? Would that not make more sense than moving it to RTE Gold?



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,397 ✭✭✭ford fiesta


    I didn't suggest move Dan's show to RTE Gold.

    Was just using the example of permanent RTE staffers Will and Rick being moved from 2FM to RTE Digital radio (RTE Gold).

    Dan is already on RTE Digital radio (2XM) with the same 2FM show, only repeated.

    However an indie classics show with Dan, would not go amiss on RTE Gold !!



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,914 ✭✭✭Declan A Walsh


    You said you wondered if his show will reman on RTE 2XM and then you said "just like Will" etc. Did you mean to say you wondered if his show will remain on 2FM? That parallel with Will and Rick would make sense then....in my head anyway!



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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,397 ✭✭✭ford fiesta


    my point was that RTE Digital radio has a history of permanent RTE Staff - departing 2FM to ONLY being on the RTE digital stations - examples John Clarke, Aidan Leonard, Will Leahy, Rick O'Shea.....

    ....the digital station is irrelevant (2XM, RTE Gold....)

    at the end of the day they moved from being on well known 2FM (as presenters and/or producers) to a much less well known digital station, with very less listeners and having to produce / present a less involved show (no advertising, pressure of listener figures, promotion etc) - while remaining in their permanent RTE job on the same salary (I assume !!!)

    Post edited by ford fiesta on


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