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Our Tom puts dent in Gerry's ratings

New kid on the mid-morning radio block Tom Dunne is the big winner according to the latest JNLR results.

The Herald columnist who made the jump from his Today FM evening indie music show Pet Sounds to the 9am to noon slot on Newstalk has seen listener numbers rocket by 47pc.

Dunne has clawed a lot of listeners from his on air competitors 2FM's Gerry Ryan and Today FM's Ray D'Arcy who both lost listeners.


RTE's Joe Duffy put in another stellar performance gaining 10,000 new listeners and Conversations with Eamon Dunphy made significant gains, knocking Today FM's Ray D'Arcy out of the top 10.

According to the JNLR/TNS figures for October 2007 to September 2008, Newstalk reported a 47pc increase in morning listeners for the slot now held by Tom Dunne compared to October 2006 to September 2007. The former frontman of Something Happens took over from Brenda Power and Orla Barry on Newstalk's mornings at the start of the September schedule.

Tom Dunne as the new man in the mid-morning slot is making his mark and gaining listeners, while his competition Gerry Ryan and Ray Darcy both saw a drop of 9,000 each when comparing the latest figures to the period July 2007 to June 2008.

The other young gun making waves was Ryan Tubridy, whose RTE Radio One show has drawn level with 2FM's chat show giant Gerry Ryan, gaining 3000 more listeners.

And RTE now dominates the top 10 radio shows as Ray D'Arcy's listener number fall has seen him drop back down the chart replaced by Eamon Dunphy, whose Saturday morning show has gained 11,000 listeners.

Morning Ireland continues to dominate the ratings with 436,000 listeners, putting it a massive 58,000 listeners ahead of its nearest rival Liveline. But Joe Duffy is no shrinking violet, with gains of 10,000 more listeners in the latest figures.

Other RTE ratings winners include Pat Kenny, Playback and News at One.


The Last Word with Matt Cooper is down 9,000 and Ian Dempsey's Breakfast show is down 4000, while Tony Fenton and Ray Foley also lost listeners.

Overall, the most radio listeners were tuned in to RTE Radio One, which captures 23pc of the country's radio audience, followed by RTE's 2FM at 17pc, Today FM at 16pc, Newstalk at 6pc and RTE Lyric FM at 4pc.