The community radio station was established on September 10th, 1989 and has since become the most listened to station in the county, ahead of the combined listenership of all national radio stations.
Cllr. John Crowe said that over the last quarter of a century, Clare FM has established itself as an “institution for Clare people at home and abroad”.
He continued: “Clare FM is part of the social fabric of the County and is a reliable, local media resource that the people of the County are very fortunate to be able to avail of free of charge. Many well known names have passed through the doors of Clare FM as staff members down through the years and today can be seen and heard on national television and radio, as well as read in many of the country’s newspapers.”
“This wealth of talent continues today with present staff and management of Clare FM continuing to demonstrate the same values that have deservingly earned Clare FM a reputation for exceptional quality and professionalism,” he added.
The station has been managed since 1997 by Liam O’Shea and has seen some Irish media’s best known names pass through its doors, including Six One News Editor Dympna Moroney, Television presenter Alan Cantwell, RTE’s Marty Morrissey, TV3 Expose’s Aisling O’Loughlin, Colm Flynn of RTE, Colm O’Connor and Catherine Shanahan of the Irish Examiner.
A number of other journalists are also former staff members including Claire Gallagher of The Clare People, Peter O’Connell of the Clare Champion and Limerick Leader sports editor Jerome O’Connell. One of the few remaining original staff members of Clare fm is The Clare Herald’s Pat Flynn.
Meanwhile, the station’s continued success is reflected by its nomination for six awards in this year’s PPI Radio Awards, which take place in Dublin next month.
According to the Cathaoirleach: “The healthy listenership figures, the development of new state-of-the-art studios and the numerous national and international radio awards won by Clare FM in recent years illustrate the continued growth and success of the station, which is a tribute to the foresight and investment of management and shareholders.”
“Clare County Council is delighted to have been able to support the station during the past 25 years. On behalf of the Local Authority and my colleagues, I want to congratulate Clare FM and wish the management and staff the very best for the future,” concluded the Cathaoirleach.