Tipperary’s most listened-to radio station Tipp FM has proudly extended its physical footprint into north Tipperary as it opened a new broadcast centre in the heart of Nenagh on Friday last.
Located on Pearse Street the new centre is the station’s second broadcast location, adding to its long-standing Clonmel headquarters at Gurtnafleur Business Park.
Representatives of the business, agricultural, sporting and political communities and more from across Tipperary and beyond were on hand to herald in the significant investment by Tipp FM at the new location. The centre was officially opened by Minister of State at the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport Alan Kelly.
The open day for the launch kicked off on Friday with one of the station’s flagship shows ‘Tipp Today’ which was broadcast live for the first time from the new centre.
Among those also on hand to celebrate the launch and who were interviewed on the chat show were Managing Director of Tipp FM and Cloughjordan man Liam O’Shea; CEO of Arrabawn Conor Ryan; Nenagh Chamber President Tom Ryan; Nenagh Guardian Editor Gary Cotter and Sports Editor Shane Brophy; Tipperary team physiotherapist John Casey and former star Michael Cleary; Martin Morris from the Irish Vintners Federation; Deputy Michael Lowry TD; Nenagh Garda Inspector Bernard Barry; Neil Pakey, CEO of Shannon Airport and Tom Kelly from Enable Ireland.
Speaking at the launch Tipp FM Managing Director Liam O’Shea, who led the acquisition of the station last year, said it was a proud day for the station: “Tipp FM has huge loyalty from listeners across the county but on taking over the station last year we quickly identified the importance of having a physical presence in the north of the county in addition to what we have in the south. We are delighted now to have brought this to fruition.
“Tipp FM is the voice and, indeed, ears of Tippeary and this investment will only enhance our service to our listeners. This decision is effectively in response to the loyal listenership we have in north Tipperary over many years. The broadcast centre will play a vital part in the output of Tipp FM with five prime time shows broadcast live from Nenagh each week and, even more significantly, we will have a full time journalist based in Nenagh to report on all that is happening in North Tipperary,” Liam O’Shea said.