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Alright lads, I just wanted to drop a note to those of you who’ve been listening to us for the last several years. It feels like we haven’t properly said what we wanted to say to end the show. It seems like all the laughs and pisstaking has kindof overshadowed what is a hugely emotional goodbye for us - and we would hate for you to think we’re just pissing off without a thought or a mention of you.

I never really expected this day to happen - at least not in the way it has. I always expected my departure from Today FM would be as a result of me finally crossing the uncrossable line (wherever that is) and being escorted to the front door by security with a box of my belongings turfed out behind me. Instead, it’s been a bittersweet end to what has been a brilliant time in our lives and we’re genuinely sad to go - but happy to be leaving on good terms.

It’s been eight years, and six of those years were spent on lunchtimes. I bought my first house, adopted a dog, got married, had a kid, got drunk a lot and won a few awards in those six years and it all happened on the air on the show. Today FM gave us a blank page with which to do ANYTHING and they backed us up every step of the way, through shit and shitter. I don’t know if any other station would give a prime gig like that to two unknown gobshites in their mid-twenties and still have them on the air six years later, but Today FM did - and for that I will always be grateful.

When we were thinking of leaving, we drew up a list of pros and cons for and against a move. There were only two really significant cons on the list.

The first was our colleagues. I don’t think I need to get all mushy here, so I won't, but we will really miss the talented amazing and funny people we work with.

The second was the listeners. Not the listeners - our listeners. Those freaky funny bastards who play along with us every day. How the hell do we explain something like “byebyebyebyebyebyebye” to a whole new audience that has never heard the show? Who would call in at five seconds notice to tell us the song playing in the background during the ads on telly the night before. The WD40? Or the ham mam? Or “are we still doing that?” Or the Paul Collins Gauntlet effect? Who would know what Simon Cowell’s fingers smell like? Who would vote for us in the Meteors year after sickening year as we annoyed the shite out of them begging for votes? That’s pretty tough to leave behind.

But it’s time for a change and we’re both really excited by this opportunity. We’ve done nearly everything we wanted to do at lunchtime and we should probably go and get excited about something else for a while before we get bored or unhappy and want to kill each other. So, we’re away for now. I’m also really looking forward to spending more time with my little boy. And, if I’m home by lunchtime every day I’ll probably see more of Matthew too.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had a lot of people asking the same questions. Now that the show is finished, I can answer them:

What the fuck? This is a pisstake isn’t it? Is it true you guys are leaving? It is true. We’re going to do the breakfast show on 98FM.

What the fuck is 98FM? It’s a local radio station in Dublin. They offered us their breakfast show and we’ve been saying for years that we’d love to do a breakfast show - so... we’re gonna go and do it.

Ray, you do realise a breakfast show starts at 6am, don’t you? Wha...? FUCK!

Who’ll be doing lunchtime from now on? KC! His real name is Keith Cunningham and he’s tall and from Mayo and overweight like me. He’s much nicer than me though. He’s a good buddy of mine and I hope you’ll be good to him*.

Were you fired? No. Today FM has been incredible to us for all the years we’ve been here. I know that’s really kissassy but our old boss Willie and our new boss Peter have been ridiculously supportive of us through every stupid gaddamn thing we’ve ever done on the radio and off it. Actually, honourable mention to Tom Hardy and Caroline Davies who’ve had to put up with a lot of our shit too. Thank you.

Are you really being relegated/demoted? Well, Today FM is the biggest national station in Ireland and 98FM is a local Dublin station, but we’re going to do a very different job. As someone wise somewhere said “enjoy what you do, follow your dreams and blah blah blah snore etc.” We really want to do this so we don’t see it as a demotion.

Are you really pissed off that “they” are moving you? They’re not. They asked us if we’d like to do it and we said yes.

Do you hate Today FM now that you’re going to another station? Yes. We still like Matt Cooper though.

How’s Ann? (Actually this should be at the top of the list) And what happens to her now? Ann is one of our best friends and we’ve kept her in the loop while we’ve been thinking about all this. She works for Today FM and went off on sick leave from Today FM, so she’ll be coming back to the station. Her top priority (and ours) is getting better, so she doesn’t give a shite about us at the moment. What happens after that is up to her. She’s in good form by the way and thanks for asking.

What happens to Adelle? Adelle was the Today FM producer who started up the lunchtime show with us in 2004, with a blank page and a grid on a sheet of paper to write all the bits on. She’s been a massive part of what we’ve done and tried to do through all that time - putting babies to bed, cooking dinners, driving to creches, crashing her car fifteen times, and giving birth all while on the phone with me to discuss what’s happening next on the radio show. She helped us build this yoke. So given all that childminding experience, she’ll be producing the new show with KC, who should be much easier to work with.

What happens to Nordy? He’s on the telly now! The movie show on bloody RTE! How’s them apples? He will also be on our new show every week.


What happens to Grainne Seoige? Grainne will remain the object of my inappropriate affection, marry me when she loses her looks and continue to make the occasional appearance on the new show.

What happens to New Guy Ken? Are you serious?

Will you still be podcasting? Yes, of course. If you want to stay with us, just do a search for the 98FM app on whatever Android or iDevice you use. Or you can search for Ray Foley 98FM in iTunes. Nothing will change in that regard. It’ll be the same shit, different station. If you’re an early riser and a bit weird, you can watch us on the website www.98fm.com

What does JP stand for? Pregnant women on busses and the national anthem.

Which one is Ray and which one is JP? Do you realise your voices sound exactly the same? Yes, we do. Ray is the funny one.

Foley, will you please fuck off and die? Yes. Eventually.

I’m well aware that a lot of you don’t give a shit about all this - it’s just radio after all. But for those of you that do: thank you. It’s been my whole life for the best part of a decade and if you liked it, I’m really glad you did. If you didn’t, my dad has learned to google and was reading your comments on the internet last week. He will - and I quote - “fucking brain” you. You have been warned.

At the end of every show we say “there’s so much we didn’t get to do today” but you know that’s not really been true. We’ve done so much amazing stuff, even attempting to list the Fun Bus, the Lazy Radio Tour, The New York shows, the Tedfest, the Gauntlet and the million other things we’ve done would take me another six years. But we have had the best time, and it’s because you’ve had us on your radio. Thank you for that too.

I sincerely wish KC the best of luck - though I’m not sure he’ll need it.

Now, it’s gin and tonic time.

Ray



*my arse - give him hell.

47 Comments:

  1. Alan Dunne said...
    All the best with the new show lads. Wont get to listen as much because I only get out of bed about 8:15. I'll have to start giving podcasts a go. Hope it all works out and we see you back on Today Fm in the breakfast slot. That is of course unless you fuck things up lol
    SMC said...
    I'm a loyal podcast listener, as I don't live in Ireland, so will be catching up with you on the other side. As will many others, I have no doubt. Looking forward to hearing how early mornings suit you and how you suit the new listeners.

    Best of luck in the new job but thanks for the past few years - ye've been great.

    Sylvia
    Stephen McLoughney said...
    The end of an era, a sad day for the king of the afternoon has gone! Never a dull moment and always helped me through my days work. KC will be a great replacement on a different scale so all the best to him, plus Ray and JP in 98 you will be missed.

    Oh and Ray, LOVED THE SHOW..
    William Nolan said...
    I've said this before, but I'll say it again for good measure:

    Sincere best wishes Foley. I don't want you to leave the national airwaves for my own selfish reasons, but I hope you take that breakfast show and hump it into submission until all of Dublin is at your mercy!
    David D said...
    The best of the best of the best of luck to the 2 of you, I'm a late waking culchie so I won't be following you but I promise to text when i'm in the smoke and remind you guys how much you miss me!
    Ye'll be great,and ye'll be back,

    Also, I'm glad I don't have to fight you for Anne, she's ours(mine, eventually!!!)
    Enjoy the G+T's beyss
    Fergal said...
    Thanks for all the laughs. Fuck the begrudgers as they are all a bunch of dry, humourless wankers. I got what you were doing. Really looking forward to the first 'really hungover' show you do!!!
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    Fergal said...
    Thanks for all the laughs. Fuck the begrudgers as they are all a bunch of dry, humourless wankers. I got what you were doing. Really looking forward to the first 'really hungover' show you do!!!
    Stuart Exshaw said...
    Good luck with new show. I will miss the show at lunchtime when I have days off from college.I have always been a loyal podcast listener on my bus journeys to college, and as I live in Cork I will continue listening to the podcast. I'll probably try to listen online at breakfast aswell though.
    Maura said...
    That was really emotional, guys! I've been listening to you for the past 10 years and it was actually you guys that got me into listening to Today FM. For years I was a loyal 2fm listening and refused to change and then one late night when I was 15/16 I heard ye guys and loved it and slowly but surely I started listening to Today FM more.
    Best of Luck in 98fm. Sadly (or not), I'm moving to London in a few days so I won't be able to listen, but you can bet your sweet arse I'll still be downloading!
    Derek Dwyer said...
    Ah, yeah, O.K...been listening since day one, will be tuning in on Monday morning!
    Ronan_L said...
    Hi Lads, I have been listening to you guys since I was in 5th year in school when I was locked up in my bedroom studying for the leaving cert. The epic show that was "the Blast" got me through those crap late nights (the "From Cork To Roscommon", "tricky dick" and "the big game" days!)! The when I started college ye had moved onto the lunchtime show so I used to listen to ye in the library and car and the midday lushing sessions when ye would be belting out the tunes... Now I am out of college a year and I was fortunate to get a job in my profession as soon as I left college, I still continued to listen to your show and the other shows through out the day on Today Fm. Now ye are leaving, I am sad to see ye go, lunchtimes wont be the same! I wish ye the best of luck in yer new venture!There is so much more I could say and I never thought I would be writing something like this about a radio show but lads ye are true legends of the airwaves! Byebyebyebyebyebyebye!!! And Ray loved the show!
    Unknown said...
    This is really an emotional day. I have listened to every podcast for years, and enjoyed all of the ridiculousness, hilarity, offensiveness and banter. Wishing you guys the best of luck and I'll be listening for the new podcasts. Thanks for the laughs! Try and get 98 to send ye to the South by Southwest music festival in Austin in March and I'll show ye round!
    Niamh
    David Green said...
    Great blog Ray. Well done and good luck. I'll be listening on the other side. I mean 98fm, not when I'm dead.
    Unknown said...
    Byebyebyebyebyebyebye. You two have been my driving companions for years. In fairness it's about time we brought it to the next level, bed companions Monday morning. Wake me up rocking!!
    John Walsh said...
    Best of luck guys. I have always loved your shows ton the very beginning on the blast. Lunchtime will not be the same without you. Will try and catch you in you new show when I can be bothered to wake up that early :) . Enjoy the move and have fun.
    John
    Aoife McGrath said...
    Best of luck with the new show. I'll be listening on the app cos Darcy has completely jumped the shark and I could do with not pulling my own ears off at yet another Damien Dempsey song.
    Aoife McGrath said...
    Best of luck with the new show. I'll be listening on the app cos Darcy has completely jumped the shark and I could do with not pulling my own ears off at yet another Damien Dempsey song.
    Aoife McGrath said...
    Best of luck with the new show. I'll be listening on the app cos Darcy has completely jumped the shark and I could do with not pulling my own ears off at yet another Damien Dempsey song.
    Gary tierney said...
    Lunchtimes won't be the same lads. Best of luck on the new venture. If it goes tits up I am sure mid west will take ye on....now that's a demotion;)...over(joke)paul claffeHera legend.....loved the show lads
    Byebyebyebyebyebyebye
    Dahar Master said...
    Best of Luck you two, Was always the Highlight of my day in the car......Love the show
    Eoin Lee said...
    Lads, ye have been a big part of my life from the blast to the lunchtime show. The podcasts keep me sane!
    I wish ye all the best in your future, I know you will be making the best of your new show. I won't be able to listen but will download the podcast.

    Thanks for all the laughs.
    Eoin
    P.s I hope ye are planning the today fm return already.
    Jedidee said...
    Thank feck I live in Dublin, so no byebyebyebyebbbbbyebyes, but "Love the New Show"
    Aims85 said...
    Ray and JP ! Best of luck with 98fm, today fm will not be the same without ye too ! I will be setting my radio to wake me at 6 to ye every weekday mornin :) huge fan and was a sad day today. By the way I won a game of ah ya ok a few years back, never forget it !
    Great memories of listening to ye, making my afternoons a pleasure,
    Ye will do brilliant
    Aims :)
    Johnny K said...
    Hi Ray & JP-Its weird to get emotional about a couple of DJ's simply changing channels, let's face it u're not exactly dying-but it was a fitting send off today-I've loved de show immensely & was happy to "get it" unlike de haters....die bitches! u & JP are complete legends-will defo catch u guys on 98fm-thanks 4 de good times + Podcasts! Bye bye...... Etc. Jk
    Ann Healy said...
    Hey Ray and JP, ye are going to be sadly missed, i loved listening to Today FM at lunchtime, it will never be the same again!!!! Wish ya all the very best in 98FM!!!!!! Will try and listen to the podcast, as don't have 98FM here in Sligo!!! :( Ye were a joy to listen too!! Keep up the good work!! :D

    Love the show!!!!

    Ceire xxxxxx
    paddy said...
    hey ray and jp
    Will miss you loads, ye have being keeping going through work for years(think I mite quit now by the way) but really wish ye well and will keep my fix with the podcasts.
    all the best to all of the gang and hope ye enjoy the change, them early starts will be interestin to see ray, guess you will have to cut back on the drink. hahaha
    gudluck and goodbye for now
    paddy ryan from kilkenny

    hey ray

    love the show and i am sure i will love the new one :)
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    Padraic said...
    I started my first job out of college right when the lunchtime show started and I've listened ever since. I'm gonna miss it but know KC will bring the good stuff in your place.

    To borrow a line from a made up Darcy text - I was in tears listening to the last few minutes of the show today.

    I can't get 98FM down here in the schticks, but will catch you guys in the podcasts.

    Loved the show, byebyebyebyebyebyebyebye.
    Rachel said...
    Best of luck with the new show lads! Have been listening to ye from the very start and it's been the best craic! Will miss the show at lunchtime but at least I'll have something decent to listen to in the mornings now! :)

    Byebyebyebyebyebye
    Cian Gyves said...
    Foley, JP
    will guys what can i say, that hasn't being said already. Well i loved your show. It put a smile on my faces every day. You picked me up when I was down, And ye made me laugh when I was crying. I am not from Dublin, So i will not be able to tune in. I well miss ye guys so very much. But i wish ye the very best of luck. And all the best for the further.
    Cian Gyves said...
    Foley, JP
    will guys what can i say, that hasn't being said already. Well i loved your show. It put a smile on my faces every day. You picked me up when I was down, And ye made me laugh when I was crying. I am not from Dublin, So i will not be able to tune in. I well miss ye guys so very much. But i wish ye the very best of luck. And all the best for the further.
    Natasha Flanagan said...
    Ray, jp,
    So sad to see ye go but best of luck in the new job. It's funny the impact djs can have in your daily life and between the show and podcasts ye have really been the obnoxious buddy I always wanted over the last few years! Will continue to download and love the show, Natasha
    Natasha Flanagan said...
    Ray, jp,
    So sad to see ye go but best of luck in the new job. It's funny the impact djs can have in your daily life and between the show and podcasts ye have really been the obnoxious buddy I always wanted over the last few years! Will continue to download and love the show, Natasha
    celticb said...
    Foley & JP,
    Been listening since ye were on The Blast at nights, and once the lunch time show began. Listened to the show everyday during my four years of college and had so may great laughs in the libary through my headphones. Really gonna miss the show, have so may great memories of it over the years.

    Wish you the best of luck with the new show, hope it goes well and that ye come back to national radio again some time.

    Thanks for all the laughs.
    Jack, in Cork.
    Mike Conroy said...
    Gutted ur leaving guys.. ive listened to ye from day 1.. its Was more than radio Show. Dreading work and 12pm on monday. Best of luck
    Sineadtaylor Taylor said...
    Lads best of luck on new show.... Ya were the king of the afternoon now ya are the king of the morning:):)
    Sineadtaylor Taylor said...
    Lads best of luck on new show.... Ya were the king of the afternoon now ya are the king of the morning:):)
    Unknown said...
    Good stuff Ray best of luck and hope you dont change the radio style too much! Keep it at least a bit madcap as thats what got me hooked on you and today fm about 5 years ago. No more weeknights on the sauce, or you will be drunk on the airwaves like that time you went into KC while he was on the air haha. You stay frosty Ray
    Unknown said...
    Good stuff Ray best of luck and hope you dont change the radio style too much! Keep it at least a bit madcap as thats what got me hooked on you and today fm about 5 years ago. No more weeknights on the sauce, or you will be drunk on the airwaves like that time you went into KC while he was on the air haha. You stay frosty Ray
    Karl Treacy said...
    Afternoons aren't going to be the same anymore and as I'm a student in college there's very little chance of me being up in the morning to hear the new show, so best of luck with it and keep podcasting so there is something to listen to!
    Charlie said...
    Well said sir.... Delighted for yee and wish yee all the best, but that makes it sound like I wont be listening....

    My only concern is what I am going to do this week for podcasts...

    See you on 98 ya sexy bastard ya!!!
    Martina Coffey said...
    Lads your the best thing on radio FACT!!!! so I'm just happy you're not leaving it altogether:)I'll miss your very many, many funny moments on today fm but I know there'll be tons more at 98fm. All the best with the new show, and can't wait for the new podcasts:)
    Rebel Prince said...
    Guys I absolutely loved the show & will miss ye so much. No disrespect to KC, and I love a bit of Pearl Jam as much as the next woman, but it's just the mentalist humour ye had I'll miss. No more 'Ham Mam' this Christmas, nobody playing the opening notes of "All I Want For Christmas" right through November. I wish ye all the very best & hope ye come back to the national airwaves at some stage.

    And God... ye were such a pleasure to listen to after Ray 'I have CHILDREN and i'm going to tell you how to raise yours for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week' D'Arcy. Hope ye steal some of his listeners. Good luck boys.
    David Maher said...
    Where is the podcast of the new show? I am abroad and can't get it. Please podcast it. You said you would :(

    Regards,

    Dave
    Justin Flynn said...
    Ray,

    WTF & FFS?! I don't even care that I had tears in my eyes reading this. Your the only DJ I spoke to & only show I mad a conscious effort to listen to since pirate stations in the 90's when I was 15! I'm also not gonna lie...I'm not a fan of 98fm or that you now replaced Aido. I will be obliged to listen now though as to quote a famous cowboy "I wish I could quit you!" Or something like that.
    I had some great ideas for the show but they still might work. There is a very different audience on 98 - no more different than my mate Jonesy. You will hear from him soon. But for now I'm listening to KC show & wishing it was Ray & JP's sweet voices coming back at me. This country is too small for changes this big.

    Feck it...I'm with you. Let's do this.
    Justin
    Ciaran said...
    Ray, I can now listen to you again & I have to say the new 98 effort is as much good fun as the lunchtime show. you're brightening up my mornings, I can't believe I have to listen to 98 though!! aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    spotted JP a couple of weeks back, bottom of grafton walking towards porterhouse...spotted...

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