WLR is pleased to announce that former RTE and Newstalk broadcaster Eamon Keane is to take up a new full-time position with the station this Monday.
Eamon will take over the mid-morning slot on WLR, presenting a new show ‘Deise Today’ replacing Deise AM which was presented by Billy McCarthy for 27 years until his untimely passing in November.
Eamon is already well-known to WLR listeners from his psychotherapy advice slot on Deise AM every Wednesday morning since 2014.
Brother of BBC journalist Fergal Keane and nephew to playwright John B Keane, he was born in Dublin but his grandfather hails from Ardmore, Co. Waterford and Eamon has lived in West Waterford for many years now.
For three years he presented ‘Lunchtime with Eamon Keane’ on Newstalk for which he won the prestigious PPI Award for Best News Programme.
He has been a reporter for Morning Ireland, News at One and the Drive-time programme on RTE. He has also been senior producer on the Marian Finucane and Vincent Browne shows and a contributor to the Stephen Nolan show on BBC Radio Ulster.
The new ‘Deise Today’ show, meanwhile, will be produced by Jennifer Long.
Jennifer, from Portlaw, has been the producing driving force behind DEISE AM - with Billy - for the past seven years, including in 2014 when the show nabbed a prestigious PPI silver award for ‘Best Current Affairs’ programme.
A graduate of the Journalism degree course in Dublin City University, Jennifer also has a great record and reputation in print media in Waterford, particularly with the ‘Waterford News & Star’ where she worked as a reporter for several years.
Jennifer Long, meanwhile, said she was looking forward to the task ahead. “Deise AM – thanks to the brilliant Billy McCarthy – has long been considered one of the very best current affairs radio shows in the country. It was a show with many, many strengths. We hope to build on these with ‘Deise Today’ but also plan to add in some brand new elements which will, hopefully, appeal to even more listeners in the future.”
Eamon is a qualified therapist and lecturer in counselling and community work. Eamon is also a talented musician, touring with John Sheehan and the Dubliners, releasing a platinum-selling album and writing music for both film and TV.
WLRFM Managing Director Des Whelan has welcomed Eamon Keane’s appointment. “Obviously in replacing Billy McCarthy, Eamon has huge shoes to fill, but we think Eamon is the man for the job; he has fantastic experience,” he said. “Much like Billy, Eamon has great empathy with people and he knows what works on radio. I know he will make a great contribution to the service WLR provides to its listeners.”
Programme Director Michael Byrne said he was very pleased to have Eamon join the WLR prime-time line-up. "Eamon is a great presenter and he joins a very strong team here. Billy has left a huge audience and I know Billy had great time for Eamon. We look forward to 2017 and we wish both Eamon and Jennifer all the best with the new show. I’m certainly looking forward to working with them to help establish ‘Deise Today’ as one of the top radio talk shows on the dial".
Eamon Keane and the ‘Deise Today’ team start on Jan 9th on WLR .