RTÉ 2FM Announces New Weekend Line-Up
Brand-new schedule launches today, Friday 24th February
Featuring a host of new and emerging talent including
Roz Purcell, Emma Power, Laura Fox, Beta Da Silva, and Aifric O’Connell
RTÉ 2FM has today announced its new weekend schedule, with a whole host of new faces, bringing a fresh feel to the weekends beginning this evening (Friday 24 February).
Following Game On, and The National Chart Show with Bláthnaid Treacy (7pm-9pm), Friday night’s at 2FM are rap and hip-hop nights, with DJ Mo-K (9pm-11pm), and DJ Wax (11pm – 1am).
Kicking off the mornings on Saturdays and Sundays will be 2FM Breakfast with Bláthnaid Treacy (7am -9am) where Bláthnaid will serve up a breakfast bowl full of energy, superb listener prizes, and great tunes.
Whether it’s an up and at’em day or a day of rest, listeners will have Laura Fox on their side on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to midday with three hours of great music, fun chat, and celebrity interviews.
Roz and Emma on 2FM is where you need to be at weekends! From 12-3pm, Roz Purcell and Emma Power will keep listeners entertained with tunes, chat and giveaways. Listeners can win a brunch for four people, but you have to be a pure chancer to do it! Listeners can guess if their celebrity guest is spoofing or telling the truth, and get a warm hug when Roz and Emma tell you what stories gave them all the feels that week.
Presenter Aifric O’Connell will take the helm from 3pm – 6pm on both Saturdays and Sundays, with 3 hours of throwbacks, archive and craic.
Saturday night is Dance Night on 2FM and Jenny Greene takes to the decks on The Electric Disco at the earlier time of 6pm until 8, belting out tracks to get listeners ready for heading out on the town, or a lively night at home.
There’s a brand-new dance music show with Dave Treacy, delivering a mix of the best in new commercial and club dance music, chats with the biggest DJs & producers from all parts of the world, and The Club Culture Guest Mix (8-10pm). Dave Treacy will be followed by The Spring Sessions from 10pm through to Midnight, going into Late Night Sessions from 1am.
On Sundays at 6pm, The Request Show with Conor Behan promises to let listeners take charge, handing the playlist over to those tuning in to get in touch and request their favourites.
Beta Da Silva takes over from 8-10pm, Sunday through to Thursday, with The New Music Show, inviting listeners to lock in, chill, and discover all the latest in the music world, with new tunes, new projects, gig news, album breakdowns, and a selection of music across all genres.
Beta will be followed by chilled sessions with The Greene Room (10pm – 12) with Jenny Greene. Right after Jenny at midnight, Cormac Battle – a friendly voice on the daily Jennifer Zamparelli show – rounds the weekend off with a blistering shot of Rock, Indie and Dance.
Dan Healy Head of RTÉ Digital Audio and RTÉ 2FM said: “The weekend schedule is a blend of emerging and new voices to Irish Radio.The exciting thing about our emerging voices is that they are home grown. Laura Fox, Emma Power and Aifric O Connell have been on 2FM for the last number of years, and also broadcast for RTÉ Pulse and RTÉ 2XM. We are thrilled that Roz Purcell is joining the weekend team , broadcasting with Emma Power. 2FM will also have an exciting night-time schedule which is also being revamped with Jenny Greene, Dave Treacy, Conor Behan, Mo K , DJ Wax and Beta Da Silva. Now that we have bedded in our weekday schedule ,which would appear from the most recent listenership results to be going well, we are focusing on weekends.”
Image credit: Marc O’Sullivan
About the Line-up
Bláthnaid Treacy has been working across RTÉ Television and radio for the last decade, hosting the annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize highlights show in Vicar Street for RTÉ2 television. Bláthnaid is known for entertaining and insightful conversations with celebrity subjects ranging from rock royalty to Hollywood stars. She is a regular on our screens, reporting on fashion and entertainment on the Today Show on RTE 1 and frequently steps in for hosting duties alongside Daithí Ó Sé. Bláthnaid is also the host of the National Lottery.
Laura Fox began her radio career in Galway at Galway Bay Fm, starting with a bang, covering The Breakfast Show, something she says was a “baptism of fire”! After co-hosting there, Laura started presenting late-night slots at the station, before making a move to Dublin and landing a lunchtime show on RTÉ’s digital broadcaster, Pulse. Laura then worked across 2FM on entertainment news, to covering shows until landing on weekend Breakfast at the station, a slot she is now thrilled is extending to 12pm.
Emma Power is a radio & television presenter, podcast host, DJ and MC. With a passion for music, Emma has hosted RTÉ 2FM’s weekly Request Show on Sunday evenings since 2017 and has carried that passion over to DJing at events and festivals. Emma is also a familiar voice on Drive it With The 2 Johnnies, where she contributes to the show two days a week and has been a regular stand-in presenter across 2FM’s daytime and weekend schedule since joining 2FM in 2014. Starting her radio career with East Coast FM when she was 19, Emma presented on East Coast FM, Dublin City FM, RTÉ Junior Radio, and RTÉ Pulse before joining 2FM. As well as working in radio, Emma is a news panellist on The Today Show on RTE 1 and has hosted numerous TV shows including the Junk Koture Grand Final in 2020 & 2021, the Rás na mBan Highlights Show in 2019 for the RTÉ Player, TG4, and Eurosport, and she recently appeared on the hit travel Show High Road Low Road on RTÉ 1.
Roz Purcell is a broadcaster, outdoors enthusiast and food creator. She is one of Ireland’s most influential online personalities, as well as the author of three books. Roz grew up on her parents’ farm in rural Tipperary. Those origins have formed the roots of her passions, food and the great outdoors, and Roz has grown into one of Ireland’s leading voices on food, great outdoors and the benefits of a life lived in harmony with the natural world. Roz began her career as a model, but it was only after she quit the profession and started her hugely successful food blog “Natural Born Feeder”, that her career really took off. Her passion for cooking and her love of great-tasting, wholesome food shone through and encouraged people to see food as both fuel and a pleasure, to be valued and enjoyed. As she grew her social media following with the development of mouth-watering recipes, Roz also began to introduce her followers to her other passions, in the form of health, self-compassion and hiking videos.
Aifric O’Connell has been working in 2FM full time since 2017, where she covered for the late Larry Gogan for a time, and then subsequently took over Weekend Breakfast. She was joined on that show by Carl Mullan in 2019 and they presented together until 2021. During that time, Aifric also worked as a researcher on The Dave Fanning Show. She moved to the evening slot in late 2021, and is a contributor on various shows and including with The 2 Johnnies midweek.
Jenny Greene has been at the forefront of the Irish Dance music scene for almost 20 years.Starting out at the age of 17 as a dance music columnist, radio presenter and DJ. At the age of 21 she earned herself a spot in the Guinness Book Of Records breaking the record for the Worlds Longest DJ set. Along with presenting The Jenny Greene Show on 2FM, her Saturday night dance show ‘Electric Disco’ on RTÉ 2FM has been a mainstay for Irish Clubbers for the past 12 years, leading to an album release back in 2009.
Jenny regularly performs to sell out crowds at both arenas and festivals with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Conor Behan is a DJ, broadcaster and writer based in Dublin. He has covered slots across the 2FM schedule since 201, and has been a contributor on shows on 2FM and RTÉ Radio 1. As a DJ, Conor has played 3Arena, Electric Picnic, Mother Block Party and is a resident at The George, one of Ireland’s most recognisable venues. He is host and producer of the podcast Housewives and Me, Ireland’s only podcast about The Real Housewives and was co-host of Virgin Media’s podcast Popsessed. He’s written for outlets like the Irish Independent, GCN, and The Journal and has interviewed names including Years and Years, Jade Thirlwall, Dua Lipa, and Jessie Ware.
Dave Treacy has built his dance music radio career over the last 10 years by becoming a tastemaker for current and future sounds in the genre. Whilst travelling the world to attend major dance music events and interview the scene’s top DJs & producers, Dave continues to create engaging content and real life experience for his listeners. Working with radio stations such as RTE Pulse, RTE 2FM & BBC Radio 1 has allowed Dave to reach national and international audiences and become a staple in the global Dance music scene.
Beta Da Silva is a radio presenter, voice-over artist, station voice, and broadcaster. Born in Angola, he moved to Dublin when he was 4 years old. His passion for radio began when involved with his college radio station BCFE in 2015, and local community radio at Liffey Sound FM. In 2017, Beta moved to RTÉ Pulse, followed in 2021 moving to Weekend Breakfast on 2FM, and on to covering the New Music Show. Beta’s life is surrounded by music of all genres, and he’s always striving to discover more.