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Ian Dempsey and Dave Fanning are going into the Irish radio hall of fame

The two will be joined by South East Radio’s Eamonn Buttle and Downtown Radio’s Trevor Campbell.

South East Radio’s Eamonn Buttle, Downtown Radio’s Trevor Campbell, Today FM’s Ian Dempsey and RTÉ 2fm’s Dave Fanning.
South East Radio’s Eamonn Buttle, Downtown Radio’s Trevor Campbell, Today FM’s Ian Dempsey and RTÉ 2fm’s Dave Fanning.
Image: Iain White Photography

IRISH RADIO LEGENDS Dave Fanning and Ian Dempsey are among the four newest members of the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame.

The two will be joined by South East Radio’s Eamonn Buttle and Downtown Radio’s Trevor Campbell.

Dempsey has been a key figure in Irish radio for almost three decades and has presented Today FM’s breakfast show since 1998.

Today FM CEO Keith McCormack called Dempsey’s induction a “proud day” for the station.

“Ian represents the very best of what Today FM is as a station. Ian every day wakes up the nation with the same energy and sense of fun that listeners have come to love him for. He is the ultimate broadcasting professional, and has set the bar in Ireland for those to follow for many years.”

Fanning currently hosts a weekend show on 2FM, but has been one of Ireland’s most iconic voices for decades. He has interviewed nearly every major music act of the last 30 years, including David Bowie, Mick Jagger and U2.

Head of RTÉ 2fm, Dan Healy, said:

“Dave Fanning is a pioneer – the great voice of music and popular culture in Ireland. Dave leads and the rest of us follow. I am thrilled for Dave and his family for this well deserved honour.”

Eamonn Buttle is the owner and CEO of South East Radio since 1989 and a founder of Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI). He is its longest serving board member and chairman of IBI. He was instrumental in founding IRS (Independent Radio Sales), Learning Waves and Newstalk 106-108.

Trevor Campbell’s name is synonymous with country music. He has presented country music programming in the north for 40 years.

The group were inducted today at an event at the BAI offices and will be honoured at the PPI awards on 7 October.

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