Radio 1 and Radio 2 make a comeback

Abu Dhabi Media has officially launched Radio 1 and Radio 2 stations, part of the Abu Dhabi Radio Network. Previously managed by Gulf News Broadcasting, the two radio stations ceased operations late last year and have now re-launched with an all new team of presenters. Radio 1 airs on 100.5 FM in Abu Dhabi and on 104.1 FM in Dubai, while Radio 2 airs on 106 FM in Abu Dhabi and 99.3 FM in Dubai. The stations offer six main programs:

Radio 1:

  • Daily, 6am – 10am: ‘Breakfast Show’, hosted by Nimi and Mark
  • Sunday to Thursday, 10am – 3pm: ‘Fresh and First’, hosted by Chiara
  • Daily, 3pm – 7pm: ‘Drive’, hosted by Dane and Gem

Radio 2:

  • Daily, 6am – 10am: ‘Morning Show’, hosted by Richard Allen and Laura Naylor
  • Daily, 10am – 3pm: ‘The Breeze’, hosted by Sonya Mac
  • Daily, 3pm – 7pm: ‘Drive Time’, hosted by Jason King

“The official launch of Radio 1 and Radio 2 under Abu Dhabi Media underscored our strategic efforts to create tangible change in media content at Abu Dhabi Media, and diversify the media brands under it’s umbrella,” says H.E. Mohamed Ebraheem Al Mahmood, Chairman and Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Media. “The addition of Radio 1 and Radio 2 reaffirms our continuous commitment to enhancing Abu Dhabi Media as a comprehensive and diverse media platform. It also highlights our on-going efforts to further advance the media sector in the UAE and the region by supporting all traditional and modern media.”

Dave joins Dance FM

Dubai-based radio personality, Dave Cleary has joined 97.8 Dance FM as a Radio Presenter. Previously presenter for the ‘Mornings with Dave’ show at Radio 2, part of Gulf News Broadcasting, Dave will now host his own show, ‘Loud & Cleary’ that will air on weekdays from 4pm-8pm. Set to launch on February 26, 2017, the show will also cover ‘Destination Dave’, a travel feature created by Dave himself.

“It’s a privilege to be part of such a great team at the station,” says Dave. “As compared to the existing radio stations, Dance FM is something different for the market here in the UAE.”

Radio 1 and Radio 2 to return

UAE-based radio stations Radio 1 and Radio 2 are set to return to the airwaves, after being closed by Gulf News Broadcasting on June 30, 2016. The stations will now be operated by Abu Dhabi Media Company – the licence holder for the stations – and will feature the same formats but with an updated look and feel.
“Abu Dhabi Media confirms that it will assume management of Radio 1 and Radio 2 at the end of July 2016,” says Abdul Rahman Awadh, Executive Director, Radio, Abu Dhabi Media. “The Radio stations were originally owned by Abu Dhabi Media and will continue to reflect Abu Dhabi Media’s ongoing commitment to providing diverse content that appeals to all aspects of society. Both radio stations will resume broadcast on the same frequencies, for which Abu Dhabi Media holds exclusive rights. We are currently investing in bringing new concepts and ideas to the content of Radio 1 and Radio 2.”

Daisy Clarkson leaves Radio 2

Radio 2 breakfast show Co-Presenter Daisy Clarkson, who was part of The Kenny & Daisy Show, is today leaving the station to return to the UK. Kenny Jones will continue on the breakfast show slot, which will be renamed the Radio 2 Breakfast with Kenny Jones.

“It’s a sad day for Radio 2 and the breakfast show,” says Kanchan Koppikar, Head of Radio 2, Gulf News Broadcasting. “Daisy has been a huge part of what the station has achieved, especially during the last two years on the breakfast show. We will all miss her and know that she will be brilliant at whatever she decides to do next.”

Daisy adds “I’ve lived in the UAE for six years and seven months and for all of that time I’ve worked for Gulf News Broadcasting and Radio 2. It’s been quite the journey and now it’s time for me to head home. I’ve loved my time at Radio 2, especially the past two years being part of The Kenny and Daisy Show.”