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To­day was a dark day. De­spite the clos­ing cur­tain, the com­mit­ted DJs, news­read­ers, guests, cor­re­spon­dents, re­searchers and part­time staff ral­lied to con­tinue to bring mu­sic to the lis­ten­ers, who now con­sider them­selves lucky to have been part of a se­lect com­mu­nity.

I’ve had some mem­o­ries dat­ing back to be­ing in Bel­mont listening to Phan­tom, TX’s pre­vi­ous in­car­na­tion – and that’s a whole life­time of get­ting to know and love var­i­ous pre­sen­ters, their style, traits and taste.

I’ve sent in nu­mer­ous texts and ded­i­ca­tions, for Han­nah, Maya and the boys so that means that TX has been part of my fam­ily for all of the two years it's been run­ning. I’ve danced around the kitchen with Maya and lis­tened in­tently as the pre­sen­ter read out my text. The re­la­tion­ship goes way deeper though.

Hear­ing peo­ple pas­sion­ate about their craft is in­valu­able when seis­mic mo­ments like the pass­ing of Bowie and Prince oc­cur: the hours de­voted to trib­utes speak vol­umes.

Although it was on the cards for seven months, to­day man­aged some­how to take me by sur­prise. A sad oc­ca­sion but the sta­tion had the show-must-go-on men­tal­ity, and I was glad I could tune in through­out the day. Three times I was moved to tears by the emails, tweets and texts that were sent in, let­ting me know that I wasn’t the only one who felt a sense of loss. There’s also a gen­uine con­nec­tion to your favourite pre­sen­ter – when they get choked up, you can tell how much it means to then. And that hits home. It’s a friend­ship, but one that has to end when you don’t want it to.

There’s prob­a­bly a sense of com­fort in there some­where, but at 20.12pm on Oc­to­ber 26, 2016, when Pulp played out and the fader went down one last time, there was just si­lence. An empty one. 105.2 be­came a num­ber on the dial that meant noth­ing, but yet so much to so many.

I re­ally hope that some­one has the sense to take the (se­lect) lis­ten­er­ship and give it a voice one more time. If Lyric can get a chunk of fund­ing – then why not some­thing that show­cases pre­cious Ir­ish tal­ent: Hozier,

All Tvvins, Wyvern Lingo, James Vin­cent McMor­row.

TXFM. Gone too soon, but not for­got­ten. Thanks for the sound­track to some of life’s ma­jor ups and downs. I will not be switch­ing over to Nova.

– Barry Dempsey x

Now we’re stuck with the other reg­u­lar shite sta­tions. The radio laws in Ire­land need up­dat­ing almost as badly as the 8th amend­ment does.

– Kevin Lynch via Face­book

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