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Cork indo columnist takes over 96fm morning show

Thursday, 20th March, 2014 12:00am

Cork's radio wars have taken a new turn after it was announced that PJ Coogan will be the presenter of the new morning show on 96FM, called 'The Opinion Line'.

The show replaces 'The Neil Prendeville Show' after the presenter made the surprise move to Red FM. Mr Coogan, who last week started a new column in the Cork Independent, had taken over the show on a temporary basis.

Opinions as to who would take over have been flying since Mr Prendeville announced that he was leaving 96FM, his broadcasting home for 25 years on 19 February. His show was the country's most-listened to local radio show.

PJ Coogan will now take on Mr Prendeville's new show on Red FM in what should be entertaining battle of the airwaves. The controversial broadcaster begins his new show on 31 March on Red FM.

The Cork Independent's editor, Deirdre O'Shaughnessy will be leaving the paper to become the editor for 'The Opinion Line', after five years with the paper.

Managing director Jarlath Feeney paid tribute to Ms O'Shaughnessy. “Deirdre has done a brilliant job as editor of the Cork Independent over the past five years. Her legacy will be a Cork Independent which is now an essential read for the people of Cork, a newspaper which has a strong online and social media presence and an editorial team committed to delivering a high standard of news and content every week. I am sad to see Deirdre leave us, but I wish her every happiness and success in her new career,” he said.

PJ Coogan said that “it's daunting taking on a show that is so successful but as a team, we are confident of putting our own stamp on the programme and working hard to retain the number one position that we have”.

Mr Coogan has been with 96FM since 1989 in various roles, most recently as chief news reporter.

Also part of the team will be Ballydesmond native, researcher Brenda Dennehy. The journalist has previously worked for Cork's 96FM in a freelance capacity.

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