Ralph McGarry

Ralph McGarry


Andy and Simon set up the station in March 1995 and brought me on board to help run it along with DJ Power. I presented a Sunday night Ambient and Electronica show called UltraSouth until 1997. I really enjoyed this show and it helped me, and hopefully others, to rewind as the weekend came to a close. I went off to work on securing a licence for a local community station, reluctantly leaving behind the crew in the shed who developed a powerhouse within the youth radio scene in Dublin. I returned to Freedom 92FM in 2001 and presented a Monday evening pop music show – just like now – until we came off FM in 2003. I set up a number of temporary licensed youth based radio stations in west Wicklow, Kildare and south west Dublin during the noughties, consulted on the set up of a temporary arts based station in Cork in 2007, and rounded off the decade with assisting two good Freedom 92FM buddies with establishing The 90s Network, as a temporary licensed station focusing on the music of the 90s.

I had the privilege to work as a sound recordist for a radio documentary for Newstalk on the topic of FGM in the Rift Valley in Kenya in 2014 and then set about establishing a Country Music station online. When lockdown came around Andy and Simon came calling again and asked me to get involved with reviving Freedom 92FM online. It was like 1995 all over again. I jumped at the chance! And as they say, the rest is history.

I currently present a pop music programme on Monday between 6pm and 8pm UK/IRL time where I play the best in music from the 90s and noughties and include two features: ‘This week in the 90s and noughties’, revisiting headlines from that period, and ‘Birthday Share’, highlighting which celebrities and famous people you share your birthday with. I also present the Dance Show on Friday nights between 8pm and 10pm UK/IRL with a particular emphasis on the lesser played dance tunes of the 90s and Noughties.