Limerick man Lorcan Murray is proving more popular even than veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne, according to the latest JNLR figures, which have him at the top of the charts.
Lyric FM presenter Murray has more people listening to his programme, ‘Lorcan Murray’s Classic Drive’, than Gay Byrne on the national air waves.
In fact, the shows, which are broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays, are the most listened to programmes on Lyric FM, which is based at RTE studios at Cornmarket Square in Limerick city.
Mr Murray has gained a staggering 26,000 new listeners for Classic Drive on Saturday, while Gay Byrne’s slot is up 9,000 to 49,000.
More than 60,000 listeners tune in to hear the dulcet tones of DJ Murray, a proud Limerick man who lives on the North Circular Road, with 53,000 tuning in on Sundays. The figures are ahead of all the figures for all the day time shows, and rank number 1 and 2 in the ratings.
Mr Murray is delighted that the programmes are proving so popular and he is thrilled that so many people are tuning in.
“Absolutely thrilled,” he told the Limerick Leader upon the publication of the JNLR figures. “It has been growing all the time, particularly over the last three or four years. It has brought the station into a new percentage figure for audience listening figures. It is the first time that it has crossed the 60,000, which is great for Lyric.”
Head of Lyric FM, Aodan Ó Dubhghaill, said, “This is a most satisfying book for lyric. The new breakfast show with Marty Whelan continues to grow, while there has been exceptional growth at weekends, year-on-year, particularly for Lorcan Murray’s Classic Drive.” Mr Murray will feature on Rising Time as a guest presenter on Radio One in the coming weeks.