Phantom 105.2 is no more – time for the capital to say hello to TXFM, the newly rebranded station that will continue to entertain the masses.
Come midnight tomorrow, Sunday, 16th March, the city’s beloved Phantom 105.2 FM will cease to exist. The station is being rebranded as TXFM, and will officially launch on Monday, 31st March, 2014.
The new station will continue to broadcast on 105.2 FM across Dublin city and county, and will still focus on alternative and indie style music. It will also feature some new and recognisable names.
Phantom started off life as a pirate station, coming on air in 1996, and quickly garnering a loyal following. In 2004, the station was granted a licence as an alternative rock station. In 2010, Communicorp took a 30% stake in the station, relocating it to Marconi House in January 2011, where it shared facilities with Today FM and Newstalk.
Staff in Phantom were only informed last month as to the proposed changes to the station, which included up to 20 redundancies. These measures were taken to in order to ensure the long-term viability of the operation.
TXFM launches on 31st March, 2014 and will feature a line-up of presenters that includes Cathal Funge, Claire Beck, Nadine O’Regan, John Caddell, Dee Reddy, and Orlagh Donnelly, amongst others.
Adieu, Phantom. It was great while it lasted.
All images courtesy TXFM Facebook page