Skateboarding down a steep hill towards 40, radio and music remain my good friends. From Dublin Ireland, the capital is still my home. Domestic bliss and nappies are part and parcel of my day now. The music scene in Dublin in the 90s and early 00s was insane, with the streets rammed with bars and clubs specialising in different genres but the theme was always the same, people getting together to enjoy great music. So I am here to play favourites and facilitate a brief escape from the madness. Yes madness. And when you tune in, we’re all together, and maybe for a moment we’re also back in that place you fondly remember. Time travel is class . Wo, I went deep there, I blame the sleep deprivation. Tune in on Mondays and Fridays 10-11PM for some escape and some ‘this is 40’ light ranting.
I began my journey into radio at the very beginning of Freedom FM in 1995. I always had a huge interest in it so when I got the opportunity to present a show I jumped at the chance. At the beginning I think we were broadcasting to about a half mile radius but no one cared because it was such an exciting hobby to have as a teenager. As time went on and the station grew I was lucky enough to have Simon Davis, Andy Walker and Ralph McGarry allow myself and a group of friends (and fellow presenters) to start what became the “Experience” show. It mostly consisted of small comedy sketches or songs that we would write and record and although it was sometimes juvenile humour we had great craic with it. I also got the chance to host a Chart Request show and opened up the Dance Shows on Friday evenings. Eventually the Experience show gave way to a new format where up and coming bands could send in their demo tapes and we would give them a spin on the air. There was some wonderful talent out there at the time and it was great to give them an opportunity to have their music heard. It is fantastic to be back on Freedom FM after all this time and to hear so many of the old familiar voices on air. Hopefully the brilliant songs from the nineties and Noughties will mean as much to the listener as they do to us and bring back some great memories for people.
DJ Power plays your all-time favourites from two great decades of the 90s and Noughties every Thursday and Friday morning from 10am. Whatsapp your requests to 01-5242436.
Joined the freedom FM crew when I was only about 17 years old. I sent in a letter ( yes, a letter, with like an actual pen) into the mark Brennan show asking him to play " olive - you're not alone" . Just so happens, my geography teacher at the time heard my request on the radio and told me she knew mark. Long story short, Mark Brennan and DJ power arranged for me to come down to the freedom FM studio to sit in on one of the shows. I was so quiet and shy at the time, but Louise Jordan took me under her wing. I started off answering the phones, then was given the task of reading requests on air and eventually was given my own show. I remember my first ever live link. I was a nervous wreak, and I sounded it too. I don't know how they let me go back on air after that 😂 I think myself and Louise Jordan were actually barred from being present for each others shows as we were a pair of giddy Messer's. Most of the time you would hear one of us giggling in the background during a live show, which was followed by an angry call by the station manager 😂 ( Andy walker & Simon Davis, 41 year old me is now very sorry 🤣 ). Some of the best years of my life were my freedom FM years. I met some amazing people and being given a radio show really took me out of my shell. It gave me the confidence I didn't have back then. I will be forever grateful to our station manager's for the opportunity to be back on board again. Doing the rock show is something I really enjoy. I live for music...and not just rock/ metal. You'll catch me listening to twenty one pilots a lot and not ashamed to admit I'm Kylie's minogues number one fan since I was 10. I'm a huge 'Devin Townsend fan'. His music just speaks to me on another level. He's unreal. His talent just amazes me. His music and lyrics speak to my soul. Also a 'faith no more fan' and never miss a ' Jimmy eat world' gig when they play in Dublin. I'm a big lover of cats and I actually don't think I can manage to get through one single day without waffling on about my 6 furr babies ( you think that's a lot, I started off with 11) . I shouldn't have favourites, but Coco is my little shadow. She's the most affectionate cat in the world. She really should be my co host. She's very vocal ya know. My other loves are horror films and true crime documentaries. My absolute favourite thing to do is go to a live gig. You just can't beat the feeling you get when everyone comes together for the love of a particular band. The Devin Townsend gig I went to in 2019 was the best gig I've ever been to ( okay, okay, I'll shut up about Devin) Also big into healing crystals and anything spiritual. Sometimes we all need to take some time out and be kind to ourselves 🙏 don't knock a bit of meditation until you have tried it. Anywho, hope you will join me for The rock show, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10pm My mission is to play a variety of rock and metal. Tuesdays is where we dedicate an hour of music to a particular band. Wednesday's we bring you grunge and metal, and Thursday is where we wind it down a little with a mix of alternative rock. 🤘
Rafiq is the Freedom92 presenter most likely to confuse being on a radio station with being on a festival stage. Not content to simply play the best of the 90s and 00s back-to-back, he creates one massive mishmash of a DJ mix every Friday from 11pm to 1am, combining all genres into one big ball of party madness. Like many others, Rafiq started very young on Freedom way back in 2002, scoring a gig after turning traitor and leaving Energy94FM. While he grew up with late 90s music, the 2000s quickly became his favourite decade, possibly in an attempt to be hip with the millennials. He takes particular pride in barely making it on air in time for his show, despite being entirely in a virtual studio with no commute. His personal record is 1 second before kickoff.
Simon Davis....so where do i start! Rewind to the days of CB radio, staying up to strange hours to try and talk to random strangers from around the world on 27mhz! The radio bug got me from an early age. The early 90s brought a very welcome addition to the airwaves in Dublin with the launch of pirate station Kiss 103, I managed to persuade the owners to allow me to spin the hits overnight although they did remove the microphone from studio each time in case I had to urge to say hello! Kiss closed down in 1993, roll on a few months to 1994 and myself and Andy Walker decided to setup Freedom 92FM, which I can only describe as the best 8 years of my life ( you can read all about our adventures in the about section on our website! ). 2020....what a year..so you could call all this our lock-down project, the band back together! Freedom 92FM back online and of course the most romantic Love songs from two great decades of the 90s and Noughties every Sunday through Thursday from 11pm to 1am.
The photo above was from 1993 as an 11 year old excited Aston Villa fan while in Liverpool to watch a Premier League game, and yes from my face, we lost! I started my radio gig way back as a 17 year old from Mrs Powers shed in Dublin on Freedom FM in 1998. She made savage tea and lovely sambos too. They're badly missed! Back on air with The Nineties Noughty Brekkie and Sunday Mass Hits after a 17 year break, where did I go for all them years? Well, I worked in Ibiza in 2006 as resident DJ at an Irish Bar for 6 months and in and around many bars and clubs around Dublin City up until 2010. Funny, all but one of these establishments remain still open to this day (NOTHING to do with me, there was a recession in 2009, honestly!) In 2008 I started at Ireland's Most Visited Tourist Attraction Guinness Storehouse until July of this year. I know all their secrets and can pour a decent pint! As an old 90s advert said "Good Things Come To Those Who Wait!"...it's fantastic to have our Freedom back!
Mike Hogan joined Freedom FM when he was 19 years of age! We won’t reveal his age, but let’s just say that he’s had quite the journey since. Mike has worked with FM104, 98FM, Newstalk and Classic Hits. He loves his old skool nineties and noughties and gets particularly carried away when he plays anything from 1994 or 1995 (the best years in his opinion). Mike lives between Galway and Dublin. Most of his shows are broadcast from his little studio in the west of Ireland overlooking the wilds of Connemara. You’ll hear Mike every Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 2pm GMT.
I started on Pulse FM 103 and made my way to Freedom FM, I also worked on CKR ( Carlow Kildare Radio ) in Carlow and Dublin's FM104. Having DJ'd for a number of years, you are more inclined these days to see be delivering your post!! Join me every Saturday from 2pm for the best memories of the 90s and Noughties!