It is the most popular radio programme in the country. In the most recent Joint National Listener Research ratings it had around 461,000 listeners, which is almost 20% more than the most popular news programme.
When it began a quarter of a century ago, few could have thought that a serious programme that early in the morning could become so popular and so influential. It provides a tremendous community service in helping to set the agenda for public debate throughout the day.
This is a magnificent tribute to the professionalism of current presenters Áine Lawlor, Cathal Mac Coille, Richard Downes and John Murray, as well as to those who helped to build the programme and laid the foundations for its success from the first morning with the two Davids — David Hanley and David Davin-Power.
All should take a bow. Well done. Long may the programme continue to enlighten our days.