This weekend (Saturday) marks the first anniversary of Tony Fenton’s passing and Today FM’s Louise Duffy will host a special tribute show to celebrate the iconic radio presenter’s memory.
On Friday, 11th March The Louise Duffy Show will broadcast live from the balcony of Marconi House (the home of Today FM) from 2.30pm-4.30pm and welcome Bell X1 as the show’s house band for the afternoon. Tony was a huge supporter of Irish music and welcomed Bell X1 into studio on numerous occasions down through the years.
Louise took over from Tony in the afternoon slot when he was battling cancer in 2014 and now presents the show full time.
Listeners to Tony’s show will be familiar with his love of presenting his show from the roof of Today FM studios. During the years, Tony welcomed great musicians including Aslan, Damien Dempsey, Lisa Hannigan, Jerry Fish and Wallis Bird on the show as his house band; he would have a barbecue fired up making sure everyone was fed and had a few glasses of wine or ‘rouge’ as Tony called it.
Louise will talk to some of Tony’s close colleagues including Ian Dempsey and Mario Rosenstock throughout the show and remember ‘The Dude’ in style. Coincidentally, Friday 11th March also marks Daffodil Day for The Irish Cancer Society, who Today FM has worked closely with for the past number of years through its hugely successful ‘Shave or Dye’ campaign.
Speaking about the tribute show Louise Duffy said: “I think it’s so important to celebrate his memory this Friday, by doing a show Tony would have loved, from the roof of Today FM, with one of his favourite bands Bell X1. Tony was famous for his balcony shows, everybody in Today FM looked forward to them, so it’s the best way to recreate the magic Tony brought to his listeners, while giving our nod of respect to the dude!”
Louise said Tony’s memory lives on in Today FM: “It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Tony passed away. We think about him and we talk about him every day. I was so honoured and privileged to step into his shoes”
On Saturday, Today FM will release the documentary ‘All The Young Dudes’ on Todayfm.com, which features footage from the tribute concert held in Vicar Street in May 2015 in honour of Tony. The mini documentary also includes interviews with some of Tony’s nearest and dearest as they remember the funnier memories throughout his life.
Tony joined Today FM in the afternoons in August 2004, starting off his brand new show with Snow Patrol’s ‘Spitting Games’. His passion for music and radio was rewarded in 2008 when he scooped the PPI Radio Award for Music Broadcaster of The Year in Kilkenny.
In September 2014, after a decade at Today FM, Tony was honoured for his skill, passion and love for radio at a ceremony in Dublin in which he was welcomed into the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame.
A giant in Irish radio, Tony interviewed all the big names in music from Adele, Arcade Fire, Liam Gallagher and Jessie J to Al Green, Carly Simon and Tinie Tempah.
Tune into The Louise Duffy Show on Friday, 11th March from 2.30pm