Louise Da Costa promoted at TAG 91.1

Arabian Radio Network has promoted Louise Da Costa to the role of Content Director of TAG 91.1. Louise has been a part of ARN for over ten years, having previously worked with Virgin Radio 104.4 as Presenter and most recently with TAG 91.1 as Host. In her new role, she will oversee all content to be presented on TAG 91.1 and work on the growth of the radio station within the Filipino community in the UAE and across the Middle East.

“It’s not all about awards and recognitions, but about touching lives,” says Louise. “UAE is one of the fastest growing radio markets in the world and TAG 91.1 will continue leading the way through innovative content.”

ARN launches new Arabic radio stations

Dubai-based radio network, Arabian Radio Network (ARN) launches Al Khaleejiya Classic and Al Arabiya Cassette in the UAE. With a focus on serving its Arabic audience, Al Khaleejiya Classic will play 80’s and 90’s GCC music tracks, while Al Arabiya Cassette will broadcast 60’s to 90’s Arabic hits from across the region for local and expat Arabs. The new digital-only radio stations will also be available as an extension of local radio stations, Al Khaleejiya 100.9 and Al Arabiya 99 mobile apps to its audience across the UAE.

“ARN serves a wide audience of over 190 nationalities, in the world’s most cosmopolitan city, Dubai,” says Mahmoud Al Rasheed, General Manager, ARN. “This launch follows our first phase of digital brands launched last year and we are proud to launch these two digital stations to meet audience and advertiser demand and position ARN for further growth in the digital broadcasting industry in the coming years.”

New radio station at ARN

Arabian Radio Network (ARN) has launched a new digital radio station, RedFest Radio to celebrate the success of Virgin Radio’s RedFestDXB. Available for digital streaming online and on the Virgin Radio app, the new station will feature talent including this year’s headliners and some of the biggest artists from previous years’ festival as well as broadcast exclusive interviews with artists. Virgin Radio RedFestDXB will take place at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on February 2-3, 2017.

“As the largest radio network in the Middle East, we serve an audience of over 3.8 million listeners a day,” says Steve Smith, COO, Arabian Radio Network. “Our investment in digital has been significant as we aim to super serve specific demographics, while keeping them engaged with our core radio brands. Virgin Radio RedFestDXB is a great example of a brand we have grown and developed, which we are now turning into a pop up radio brand itself.”

Virgin Radio welcomes Sheena Kay

Virgin Radio 104.4 has welcomed Sheena Kay to its presenter line-up. The Canadian radio personality formerly worked on The Sheena Show on Radio 1 UAE and will now present new show, Non Stop Hits with Sheena, every weekday between 10am and 1pm, which aims to bring her passion and knowledge of music, as well as celebrity news and gossip, to the station.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sheena to the Virgin Radio team and the ARN family,” says Mahmoud Al Rasheed, General Manager, Arabian Radio Network. “Sheena is a known presenter in the UAE with a passion for music and entertainment, Virgin Radio 104.4 is the perfect place for her.”

Steve Smith, COO, Arabian Radio Network, adds “Sheena will be a great addition to our team, as well as our award-winning line-up of presenters on Virgin Radio. She is a great broadcaster with a passion for music as well as a chatty and mischievous sense of humour, which I’m sure will be a hit with our listeners. She will be an excellent host for Virgin Radio’s mid-morning show and will be bringing a new generation of listeners with her.”

Aylissa joins the Dubai 92 Breakfast Show

Aylissa Boyce will join the Dubai 92 Breakfast Show alongside long-running presenter Catboy, upon his return to the radio show on 12 April 2015. The show will retain all of its listener’s favourite segments from the previous Breakfast show lineup, as well as some new features courtesy of its new co-presenter.

Aylissa has joined Dubai 92 from Aberdeen, Scotland where she hosted Northsound 1’s Breakfast show, and presented its Showbiz and Football show every Saturday.

“I’m incredibly excited to be in the UAE,” says Aylissa. “Dubai 92 is a great station with a really strong listener base and I can’t wait to join the amazing team there, this is an exciting new challenge for me and I’m looking forward to giving it my all.”

Geordiebird to leave Dubai 92 breakfast show

Following nine years as a co-presenter on the Catboy and Geordiebird Breakfast show, Geordiebird, known off-air as Stef Burgon, announces that she will broadcast her last breakfast show this Thursday. Stef is also known for her regular ‘Girl About Town’ feature in What’s On magazine, and has been in Ahlan’s Hot 100 list every year since moving to the UAE in 2006.

Stef’s new role will be with Dubai Eye 103.8, sister network to Dubai 92, where she will be co-presenting The Travel Show (The Ticket), with Mark Lloyd every weekday from 2pm – 4pm.

“I’m looking forward to not having to get up so early, after doing this for the last nine years,” says Stef. “I can’t wait for this amazing new challenge on The Ticket with Mark Lloyd on Dubai Eye 103.8!”

Alex Agishev joins Arabian Radio Network

Alex Agishev has joined the Arabian Radio Network (ARN) team as Head of Programming at Virgin Radio Dubai 104.4. For the past year, Alex has been working with Multi Media Holding (MMH) in Moscow, Russia, and prior to this he spent 24 years in Australia, working as On Air Presenter, Producer and Program and Music Director for Nova Entertainment, Australian Radio Network and Southern Cross Austereo.

“This is a dream gig, as I get to combine my spirit of adventure with my love of sunshine, alongside radio,” says Alex. “The UAE is one of the fastest growing radio markets in the world and Virgin Radio Dubai is leading the way, through innovative content and digital penetration.”

Steve Smith, COO of Arabian Radio Network adds, “We have big plans to grow Virgin’s already dominant position in the UAE, and Alex’s 25 years of industry experience coupled with his vision and zest will help ensure that we continue to turn radio on its head.”