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ON THE DEMISE OF TXFM
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