‘This is all I ever wanted’: Laura Fox to replace Jennifer Zamparelli at 2fm

Fox (33) announced the news in a social media post where she thanked Zamparelli for supporting her during her time at RTÉ. She told listeners she would be back on the air starting Monday morning at 9 a.m.

“I moved from Galway eight years ago with the intention of getting a job at 2fm without knowing how I was going to do it and I did all the work I could to get here,” he said in a post on Instagram.

“I can’t thank Jen enough for all the opportunities she gave me when she started the program five years ago, sending me all over the country, prank calls and phone bans. I will be forever grateful for the support on and off the air.

“My friends and family, I’m so lucky to have them. I can finally start attending meetings haha.

“It’s such a crazy feeling. I’m so happy, this is everything I’ve ever wanted.”

Jennifer Zamparelli. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Fox had been filling in for the mid-morning show for several weeks while Zamparelli was on “extended leave.” He currently presents the show from 9am to 12pm on 2FM on Saturdays and Sundays.

After a stint at Galway Bay FM in his home county, Fox moved to Dublin and started at RTÉ Pulse before moving to 2fm. He now he is also the host of Ireland’s Fittest Family and appeared as a contestant on the most recent season of dancing with the stars.

Earlier, RTÉ 2fm boss Dan Healy said there is “no fear” for the station despite Zamparelli yesterday joining Doireann Garrihy and the 2 Johnnies in leaving the airwaves in recent weeks.

“To go from people leaving the station to closing it is crazy,” Healy said. RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne.

When asked if the station should close, Healy replied: “Of course not.”

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Healy, who has been director of the station since 2013, added that he has “no fear” for 2FM and that the station will be “central” to RTÉ’s transformation.

He referenced BBC Radio 1 in the UK and claimed that it has a smaller proportion of listeners than 2FM, which he said has 12.2 per cent of 15-34 year olds, and emphasized that 2FM is very successful at when it comes to generating income among younger audiences.

When asked about three previous occasions in which he denied that Jennifer Zamparelli left while he was “on leave” from his radio slot, Healy said: “At the time, I believed that to be true.”

“Jen is moving on after 10 years. It’s her decision. “I respect that decision,” Healy said.

On whether presenters are really restricted when it comes to RTÉ and the “external activities” that can play a role in departures, Healy admitted that played a role, but “it’s not the reason.”

The 2fm boss, co-founder of iRadio and KCLR 96FM, said the station will now seek “expressions of interest” from potential presenters to replace those who have left.

“We are going to create a long list, it will be shortlisted and tested,” he said.

Potential presenters who join the station will be subject to a salary cap, will have to request permission for all their outside activities, inform the station how much they are paid for said activities, and sign a register of interests recording all their outside activities. . activities.

“In contracts, we were always looking for information about external activities…take someone like Doireann, everything she did externally, she sought and obtained permission,” he said.

He added that 2fm on all the front pages of this morning’s newspapers will be “good for” the JNLR, which tallies radio audience figures.

He said the intention is to increase the proportion of people aged 15 to 34 who listen to music from 12.2 to 14 percent by 2025.

“The 2 Johnnies added 34% at 3pm So it would be naive of me to think something won’t come back,” he said, adding that 2FM is competing with iRadio, Spins SW and Beat FM.

On CEO Kevin Bakhurst’s reaction to the departures and whether Healy is blamed for them, the 2FM boss said “God no.”

“I’ve seen more of Kevin than any other CEO. He keeps stopping by 2FM to chat about the direction of the station.

“He’s saying ‘you’re in charge.’ “I want to keep the station 15 to 34 years old, keep going, Dan,” he said.

Adding: “We have the most challenging job here at 2fm.”

Also on Friday, Zamparelli said: “I still want to work with RTÉ” on future projects, as she became the latest high-profile presenter to leave the station.

Speaking on RTÉ 2FM this morning, Zamparelli was asked if the departure means the end between her and RTÉ.

“No. I’m just going to do projects that fit into my family life and I’m in a position to do that, which is very exciting. If certain shows come back, I’ll come back for that,” he said.

“I have other ideas that I would love to work on with RTÉ because they have given me so much joy over the last 10 years,” the 44-year-old radio and TV personality told his successor Laura Fox in her old space.

Zamparelli has presented his own show from 9am to 12pm weekdays on RTÉ 2FM since May 2019, from which he has been “on leave” in recent weeks. He joined the station in February 2014 at Breakfast Republic.

In total during her 10 years at the station, the former presenter presented 1,103 programs.

“It’s been a real pleasure to work at one of the coolest stations,” Zamparelli said this morning.

The former Breakfast Republic co-host also “thanked everyone who supported me over the years.”

She spoke of a consoling phone call she received from former RTÉ broadcaster Sean O’Rourke after one of her first trials with the national broadcaster, in which she received bad reviews which she said “took my breath away” .

She recalled how he told her, “don’t let that discourage you, they did the same thing to me years ago, you’re amazing, keep going,” she said, adding that she will “never forget that phone call.”

He thanked his colleagues and producers for allowing him to say goodbye, adding that after the story appeared in the news yesterday, “my son saw me and hugged me.”

The mother-of-one added: “I know I made the right decision… I didn’t leave RTÉ, I left 2FM.”

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