2FM presenter Will Leahy has announced that he is leaving the station after a 21-year-stint.
The broadcaster took to Facebook to post a lengthy and emotional message about his departure.
Thankfully, Will isn’t finished with radio and will instead take up a weekday morning slot on RTE Gold.
His status began: “So, I’ve a bit of news. This Sunday at 6 p.m., I will broadcast my final show on 2FM. 21 years, 2000-ish shows, 45,000-ish songs and one fairly worn pair of headphones.”
He then described his time with the station as a ‘privilege’.
“I’m not going very far as I’m shifting full-time to RTE Gold. Without doubt it is an emotional time as I have wanted to work for 2FM since I was a small boy and finally getting to work there was the equivalent of playing for Man United; it was a dream come true.
“Very few get to do it, and I have never taken for granted the great privilege and honour it is to work for the station I have loved all my life. I used to religiously tape Larry Gogan’s chart show in the 80s, cut out his voice and intro the songs myself on a Maxell C60 cassette.”
Will then explained that his exciting new role with entail.
“I am making a permanent move to RTE Gold to broadcast the Breakfast Show, Monday to Friday from 7.00am – 10.00am. We have been planning this for a long time and now that it is a reality I could not be happier.
“We have watched RTE Gold grow to become the top on-line station in Ireland and now it is time to make a big push to cross-over to the wider public consciousness. 95% of the population probably might not know we exist but we intend to change that. My afternoon buddy Rick O’Shea is also moving from 2FM to RTE Gold and he will be coming back in his familiar time of 3 p.m.”
He then thanked his fans and revealed he was in for an emotional final weekend on 2FM.
“For now, tune in to 2FM this weekend – I can’t promise not to cry but will do my best to hold it together. And if you have ever listened to me at all in the 21 years, I really appreciate it. I consider working for the national broadcaster to be a huge privilege and hope to continue to make programmes that you will want to listen to and enjoy.”
You can feel his full statement below: