Today FM and Newstalk have announced the opening of a new studio in Cork.
The studio will be based at Republic of Work.
The stations, both part of Communicorp Media, will broadcast regularly from the purpose-built facility at 12 South Mall as part of a three-year deal.
A spokesperson said the studio will also facilitate podcast recording and production and allow local guest contributors to join radio panels and interviews.
In the coming weeks and months, presenters including Pat Kenny, Matt Cooper, Ian Dempsey, Ciara Kelly and Dermot and Dave will broadcast their shows from Leeside.
Kelly and Cooper will host shows from the Cork studio today, Thursday 24th January, before the official launch of the new facility.
Newstalk previously had a studio at Opera Lane in the city but this agreement ended a few years ago and since then the station has been using alternative facilities as needed.
Today FM has a weekly reach of 880,000 listeners, while Newstalk has a weekly reach of 769,000 listeners.
A three-month advertising campaign for Today FM’s new Cork base will be unveiled next week, which will include a city-wide bus wrap and a campaign for commuters passing through Kent Station.
To celebrate, Today FM has launched a competition with a radio and digital advertising campaign worth €20,000 for local businesses up for grabs.
DC Cahalane, CEO of Republic of Work, said he is thrilled about the new partnership.
“We are delighted to partner with Today FM and Newstalk on this unique project, which will further add to the diversity of businesses operating in Republic of Work.
“Equally, it’s an opportunity to further showcase Cork to a national audience,” he said.
Newstalk’s Managing Editor Patricia Monahan said she is looking forward to branching out.
She commented: “Newstalk is delighted to have a base in Cork again, we look forward to hosting great Newstalk programmes from here and welcoming guests from the wider Cork community to our new quality studio at Republic of Work.”
Today FM CEO Keith McCormack also spoke about the importance of live radio.
He said in a statement this morning: “Today FM has always enjoyed a great relationship with our Cork audience and this new partnership with Republic of Work will allow us to super serve our listeners in Cork and the greater Munster region.
“It also gives us the opportunity to take our presenters and shows out of the studio and engage with our audience in a live setting. We’re looking forward to making Cork a home from home for Today FM”.