Wednesday 26th October 2016 marks the end of TXFM just two years after its transition from Phantom. This is a major loss in the Irish music scene as TXFM was one of the only Irish stations truly supporting Irish music.
Dave Reid, founder of the Choice Music Prize says that “The closure of TXFM is a devastating blow to the domestic music industry.”
Having rebranded from Phantom 105.2 two years ago, listenership has been the main issue for TXFM. It was the smallest commercial radio station in Dublin drawing in a listenership of 19,000. While the numbers may not be too impressive what did impress was the way in which the station sought out emerging Irish artists, giving them a platform to have their music heard and in some cases even paving the way for other more major stations to pick up on an Irish act they may not have played previously.
Musicians have been giving their heartfelt messages to TXFM with James Vincent McMorrow tweeting "Shouts 2 every1 @TXFMDublin , this is their last week broadcasting, tragic that they are wrappin up,thanx 4 playing my jams & bein legit. J".
It is clear that this station meant a lot to the Irish music industry and the people in it, which makes its loss even worse.
Shouts 2 every1 @TXFMDublin , this is their last week broadcasting, tragic that they are wrappin up,thanx 4 playing my jams & bein legit. J
— JamesVincentMcMorrow (@jamesvmcmorrow) October 23, 2016
@TXFMDublin so sorry to see you go off air! Thank you for the years of support,for playing The Frames music when no one else was.. Slán!
— Glen Hansard (@Glen_Hansard) October 25, 2016
The station has been wrapping up its shows all week with one very special moment coming when Claire Beck was surprised by John Grant in the studio during her show. Beck was obviously emotional and seeing John Grant walk in with flowers in hand done nothing to help conceal any emotions. TXFM says about the surprise that "She flew all the way to Iceland to see him live, and today he came all the way into the TXFM studio to surprise her with flowers, hugs and some words of encouragement at this sad time. "
So it is with a warm goodbye and many fond memories for music lovers and artists alike that we bid farewell to TXFM.