THREE local DJs have set up a new internet-only radio station right in the heart of Limerick city centre.
Fresh FM has been running for the last three weeks, out of the CIS Internet Cafe in O’Connell Street, playing a variety of different types of dance, pop and indie music from 10am until midnight seven days a week.
The station was set up by Martin O’Halloran from Moyross, Robert Browne of the Bloodmill Road, and Garryowen man Stewart O’Halloran. Between them, they have more than 15 years experience in radio broadcasting and production.
Speaking to the Limerick Chronicle, Martin said the trio were struggling to find permanent employment - so decided “to make work ourselves.”
The non-profit making station features a variety of DJs, from Newcastle West man David Delee to Thomondgate songstress Raquel Rocca. Space is also reserved behind the decks for Robert, Martin and Stewart.
Although Fresh FM went live just before Christmas, the hard work began a long time before this.
Martin revealed that they had to apply for a licence to Comreg, and the Irish Music Recording Organisation, as well as obeying strict rules on the broadcast of new music.
In order to build interest in the station, the founders have teamed up with local companies to offer giveaways, including ‘Free Pizza Friday’.
They are based in the CIS Internet Cafe at 85 O’Connell Street, where they are open to hearing requests and dropping letters in.
For more information on FreshFM, visit Fresh FM.