Radio Legend Paul McLoone Returns to the Airwaves with Two Exclusive Programmes on Radio Nova

One of the most recognisable voices on Irish radio is back as musician and broadcaster, Paul McLoone joins Radio Nova for two once-off three hour shows this coming weekend. “Paul McLoone’s Ultimate Playlist” will air on Radio Nova over the weekend of 13/14 May (Saturday 13th from 6-9pm and Sunday 14th from 6-9pm). The shows will feature a playlist of classic Irish rock and alternative tunes, hand-picked by Paul and presented in his own inimitable style. 

McLoone said of the upcoming programmes, “It’s great to get back behind the mic again, especially during such an exciting time for Irish and International music, and I can’t think of a better station to be doing it on than Radio Nova. Never has there been so many great bands and artists releasing excellent music. I’ve been going through my records and curating the perfect playlist for these two shows and I can’t wait for you to hear them.” 

McLoone’s career in radio spans over three decades with influence across every major Irish station. His career began at BBC Radio Foyle in 1985 before moving to Dublin in the 90s to produce the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show. During his time there he co-created and co-wrote the comedy sketch series Gift Grub, together with Irish comedian Mario Rosenstock. After five years he took a break from Today FM, during which he worked  freelance for RTE Radio 1 and 2FM, before returning to present his own multi award-winning radio show The Paul McLoone Show for 13 years.

Radio Nova CEO & Programme Director, Kevin Branigan, said, “Paul is renowned in music circles and well-respected for his talents as a musician and radio presenter, with The Paul McLoone Show receiving critical acclaim during its many years on Today FM. I’m delighted to be welcoming Paul to Radio Nova for Paul McLoone’s Ultimate Playlist.”

McLoone has a string of awards to his name including almost a dozen IMRO Radio Awards across a variety of categories for both his role as radio presenter, and as organiser and  presenter of the annual Choice Music Prize Awards. He has also been awarded a silver award at the New York Radio Festival.

After splitting in 1983, the Undertones chose to reform in November 1999, McLoone was asked to join the group and accepted. Paul became the new frontman and lead singer for the Undertones. His experience both as a musician and broadcaster has contributed to his keen ear for fresh talent, and his in-depth knowledge of the industry. This skill was recently called upon when he was invited to adjudicate Ireland’s Eurovision entries. Renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge on music he is also a regular contributor to RTE Radio One’s Arena, Claire Byrne, and Morning Ireland. Paul is renowned for discovering and nurturing a wealth of Irish talent over the years, giving a national platform to new Irish groups like Fontaines D.C. long before they became a household name. 

“Paul McLoone’s Ultimate Playlist” will air on Radio Nova on Saturday 13th May from 6-9pm and Sunday 14th May from 6-9pm.

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Editor’s Notes

Radio Nova

Radio Nova broadcasts to Dublin, Kildare, Meath & Wicklow with 133,000 listeners throughout the region. It’s also available nationally via its smartphone apps (iPhone & Android), its website and via the Irish Radio Player.

Paul McLoone

Derry native Paul McLoone is a well known broadcaster and winner of multiple PPI Radio Awards. He is lead vocalist with the Undertones and has just finished a 10-stop European tour with them.

Prior to this, in the late 80s he was frontman/lead vocalist and guitarist with the Carrellines alongside future Undertones band mate, drummer Billy Doherty. He went on to  manage another band Schtum after the Carrellines disbanded. The Carrellines staged a hugely popular reunion gig In Derry last December 2022. 

McLoone’s radio career stretches over several decades. He first appeared on Gerry Anderson’s show on BBC Radio Foyle in 1985, during which he successfully impersonated Prince Charles. From this his own career in radio was launched, with Anderson serving as his mentor. He went on to become a radio producer, producing various programmes for the BBC, including his own satirical sketch series McLoone on BBC Radio Foyle.

The Undertones recently released a very well received compilation LP Dig What You Need, are currently touring celebrating the 45th anniversary of Teenage Kicks and have been making live recordings on this tour for a possible future live album.

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