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New Belfast Radio Station Launches Weekly Crime Fiction Show

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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

Belfast’s newest radio station, Belfast 247 has announced that one of the new shows in its already impressive schedule will be centred around the ever popular Crime Fiction genre.

Fronted by Belfast born Crime Fiction writer, James Murphy, the show has been billed as a one stop shop for lovers of Crime Fiction and great music alike.

Occupying the Wednesday 7pm-9pm slot, Crime Scene made its debut on 23rd June 2021.

Although picking up a radio mike will be a new departure for Murphy, he feels that his success as a writer, podcaster and educationalist have given him the grounding that he needs to rise to the challenge.

‘I’m thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to head up the show. When the station approached me the question of my involvement had barely been asked before being met with a resounding Yes! Getting to spend 2 hours per week talking about my favourite subject with a range of amazingly talented people and get to play some awesome tunes in between, what’s not to like?’

Murphy also revealed that he wasn’t the only person in his household who was delighted at news of his involvement with the show.

‘We’re all huge music fans in our house, my wife and I being avid concert goers pre and hopefully post Covid. Our daughter has eagerly followed in our footsteps too so both have been (self) appointed to the production team and have been working hard on the music schedule under the guise of HB productions.’

Also joining what Murphy refers to as his Dream Team will be regular contributors Sam Blake, Kelly Creighton and Deborah Small.

Bestselling author Sam Blake will be sharing the benefit of her Crime Writing expertise with a weekly writing slot for aspiring and emerging writers.

Kelly Creighton, a fellow Northern Irish Crime fiction writer will be sharing her passion for Crime TV with a weekly recommendation and review slot on what’s hot and what’s not on our screens and streaming platforms, and Crime Fiction books superman, Deborah Small will be providing regular book news and reviews on what’s hot of the presses and what we should be reading.

Add to that features such as a “Songs Featuring Crimes” segment and a Bad Cover Versions segment also known as, “Songs That Were Murdered” and the show is bound to be a hit.

Belfast 247

New radio station, Belfast 247, launched on Monday, May 10, at 10am, with a strong emphasis on local voices, local artists, as well as all the best hits to fill your day.

Broadcasting online, via the station app on Apple and Google, on smart speakers and later on this year broadcasting on the digital DAB platform.

The line-up includes many well-known, experienced, local presenters, including Kenny Tosh, who will host the breakfast show ‘Wake, Rattle and Roll.

Former CityBeat & Q Radio presenter Robin Elliott takes up the Mid-Morning Show after recently leaving Belfast 89FM.

Radio & TV Presenter Elliott, who has 25 years in broadcasting, said that he is excited about the launch of Belfast 247.

“It’s great to be working with a team of experienced presenters who are all passionate about music,” he said “We will be playing all the best music from 60’s to 90’s as well as featuring new tunes from the vast array of local music talent that we have here in Northern Ireland.

“The decision to launch a new station means that we are providing a strong brand to meet listeners needs with a focus on quality with a team who are familiar voices to listeners in the area.”

Among the many special guests set to appear is T’Pau’s Carol Decker, best remembered for hits such as China In Your Hand.

Kenny Tosh has more than 40 years’ experience in radio. “Belfast 247 will be playing music that other stations can’t play, and I am delighted to get up at 4.30am to play music I love,” he explained.

Over the years Kenny has worked at BBC 3 Counties Radio, Palm FM Torquay, Citybeat, Q97 (Head of music), U105, & Downtown Radio. His Revival Show can be heard weekly on stations in Australia, New Zealand, The Ukraine, USA & Canada.

Chris Hughes has been involved in Television and Radio from the early 1990’s, and has been a TV script writer, including Town Challenge and Saints and Scholars.

“I am looking forward to putting local back into the afternoons with lots of features, competitions and great guests,” he explained.  “We will have regular contributors that will include Belfast author and historian Joe Baker and Restaurant Critic Joris Minne.”

Robin Elliott said that the overall aim of Belfast 247 will be to make sure that the listener experience remains to the fore in everything they do.

“To launch a new radio station in the internet era is one that reflects the demand for people to be able to tune into something that is local to them,” he said. “We know that our listeners want to be able find a station that resonates with them.

“The app, and the online station, are part of making sure they can access Belfast 247 with ease, or even tell your Alexa or Google smart speaker to tune in,” he said. “It is also why we are finalising our DAB broadcast, so that in the near future you can listen when driving around the city.”

Tune in on Monday on belfast247radio.com

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