Brian Dowling stepping back from radio show

Brian Dowling Gourounlian Pic: Brian McEvoy

Brian Dowling is a busy man!

He’s hosting his 98FM show every morning with Suzanne Kane before heading over to the Virgin Media Studios to present The Six O’Clock Show.

He’s also preparing to welcome baby number two in the coming weeks.

So it’s all go in the Dowling-Gouroulian household.

Now Brian has announced that he will be taking a break from his radio show for the coming months to spend time with his growing family.

Brian confirmed the news on air: “I am taking the summer off. I’ll be at home, full time Dad, with Blake and baby number two. I’m so looking forward to it. The guys here at 98FM have been so good. Normality will resume in September!”

So who will be replacing the life force that is Brian Dowling?

None other than James Patrice!


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He will co-host the show with Suzanne Kane for the summer months. James is no stranger to the 98FM audience, having joined Suzanne on the airwaves a number of times over the past few months.

Clearly delighted about spending his summer mornings on 98FM, James Patrice said: “I’m absolutely buzzing to be joining the 98FM gang for an aul summer sizzle! It’s such a joy to be working alongside the sensational Suzanne Kane, not to mention an honour to be stepping into the fabulous shoes of Brian while he celebrates the latest addition to his gorgeous family.

“98FM has always been my go-to for a bitta craic and some banger tunes and I can’t wait to add my own pzazz to proceedings! What’s more, I get to do it with a broadcasting maven and total legend. Suzanne and I have already had an absolute ball on the times I’ve filled in for Brian, so I can’t wait to see what we get up to five days a week! Summer in the city – it’s going to be fabulous!”

98FM co-host Suzanne Kane said: “I’m so excited for Brian, Arthur and Blake as they spend the summer welcoming the newest member of their family and delighted for Brian as he gets to spend quality time across the summer with his family.

James Patrice has always been a brilliant addition to our 98FM family when he’s been in for Brian in the past and I can’t wait to spend a summer with him bringing good times to people’s ears. James brings huge energy and fun, the listeners love him, we always have the best time. Roll on the summer.”

Ah how exciting!

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