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Friday 15 December 2017

'Cracked' Chris and Ciara make impression at 2fm

RADIO presenters Chris Greene and Ciara King have been making quite an impression in past few months as the latest additions to the new 2FM line-up.

The former iRadio pair left the regional station after two years of presenting the popular 'Cracked I' programme and have taken on a new late-night slot as part of 2fm boss Dan Healy's reinvigoration of the station.

Despite the coup of rising to a national broadcaster, the duo said they are keen not to become complacent.

"There are radio institutions out there competing in the late-night slot. But we don't listen to them because even subconsciously we might pick up something and copy it. We just want to be ourselves," said Chris.

"If I listen to any radio, it's podcasts from other countries," Ciara added.

"There's so much radio out there and it becomes so overwhelming that if we're not in work, it's nice to listen to something different for a change," she added.

The pair, whose show on iRadio was known for its fast pace, admitted to being initially apprehensive about the restrictions the radio giant may want to put on their content.

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"I thought it would be a lot more restrictive, heavily managed and scrutinised, but there has been none of that," said Chris (26).

The double act gained a cult following on their midlands show, and 2FM hope they will work their same magic in their new residence in Dublin as a radical overhaul of the station is underway to appeal to a younger audience.

Speaking to TV Now, Chris described the show as "an enjoyable waste of time," while Ciara thinks it's important to keep the tone of the programme light.

"It's a wry look at life; we don't take ourselves too seriously.

"We have fun, and it's a show with loads of different things in it, I mean, I read my teenage diaries on a Wednesday night," said the 30-year-old.

Louise McSharry (30) has also joined the 2FM weekday schedule, appearing just before the two, and veteran DJ, Dave Fanning has now moved to the weekends.

However, not all of the moves within the station have been well received by those tuning in.

In February, there was an outcry by listeners as Will Leahy was moved from station's late afternoon show for Colm Hayes, spurring a 15,000-strong petition.

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