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Fill your afternoons with great music and all the latest news and information from across the French Riviera. Between 3pm and 7pm, Dusty is on the airwaves to bring you breaking news, regular traffic and travel updates, weather forecasts, details on our latest giveaways, and information on the month’s top events. Tune-in to also hear exclusive interviews with local personalities and musicians.
RHODES FOR RIVIERA
A brand new voice has hit the air across the Côte d’Azur as Riviera Radio welcomes award winning Irish broadcaster Dusty Rhodes to its English language service. Dusty brings years of experience and a touch of the world renowned Irish lilt to entertain listeners each weekday afternoon from 4pm.
Dusty was raised on radio. His Dad worked as a radio technician for the police and was probably disappointed when Dustys only technical interest was in the dj voice coming out of the speaker. It was worse when he heard his son got a job on an illegal pirate radio station!
That’s how it started for 13 year-old Dusty. Weekend and holiday jobs on pirate stations, listening, learning and lounging around grotty studios. The stations got bigger, the studios nicer, and before long Dusty hit his first big job on Sunshine 101, the biggest “super-pirate” in Dublin in the late 80’s.
As the pirates closed, a massive new legal station was launching, pumping hits into the UK from a mammoth transmitter in Ireland. Dusty was the first DJ hired by that station which signed on as Atlantic 252. His greatest achievement’s there? “Getting half a million calls in one hour for a competition to win £5,000.”
After 5 years with Atlantic, Dusty got a call he’d been waiting a lifetime for from his dream station, Irish national broadcaster RTE 2FM. “I’ll never forget that year. I’d just joined 2FM and the week of my birthday they had me filling in on the Breakfast Show. It was one of the most perfect moments of my life”.
That career was almost cut short when Dusty was reading out the Lottery results on-air and thought the numbers looked familiar. “I whipped out my own Lottery ticket and could barely believe it. The numbers I’d just read out were on my ticket. I completely forgot I was on the air and just checked the ticket over and over. I saw the numbers really tallied, and that I’d just won € 2.4 million, so I left the studio. No CD’s or music playing, just silence except for the sound of running footsteps and the door squeaking shut as I left. I sheepishly returned 45 minutes later. The ticket numbers were right … but it was last week’s ticket.” Only an extended apology, and a promise to share future winnings, saved him.
A cushy job with the biggest station in the country was not enough for Dusty whose entrepreneurial spirit was calling. In 2002 he saw an opening in the market for a syndicated radio programme business and grabbed it. It was a huge success making award winning programmes for every station in the country. To this day, he is the only independent producer to have achieved several wins, from the national PPI Radio Awards.
Over the years Dusty has become Chairman of the Independent Radio Producers of Ireland, lectured for broadcast training organisation “Eist” and has been named as one of the Most Influential People in Irish Radio by leading national broadsheet The Sunday Tribune.
His business interests include; dB Digital Broadcasting who operate DAB transmission networks, Global Irish Acts who tour manage Irish bands playing in Australia or the USA, and management company Reservoir MGT who consult radio stations in Spain, France, Cyprus, Scotland and Ireland.
So why a move to Monaco?
“I’m a Francophile” he confesses “I love the food, the people and the language. This opportunity came up to work with Riviera Radio, and the timing happened to be right, so I couldn’t say no.
I’m not one for sunbathing so I’m looking forward to improving my brutal French and getting to know the international communities living here.
It is particularly exciting to be taking on a prime afternoon show. It’s an important time of the day for people with news and travel and it’s my job to get them from the end a hard day to a relaxing glass of rosé!”
Join Dusty Rhodes for news, travel and music in English every afternoon from 4pm on Riviera Radio; 106.5FM along the Côte d’Azur, on DAB, or online at www.rivierradio.mc