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Upbeat 99.5fm – Mental Health Week 2014



This below the latest Upbeat press release in the door from Upbeat 99.5fm running for one week only for Mental Health Week 2014. And unknowns maybe to some, our very own Brian Greene the station manager behind the scenes.

I’m sure there’s an official protocol for this but, it might just mean bringing your work colleague over a cuppa and saying how are ye….

Anyhows…. Here’s the upbeat stuff. Go choon in. Enjoy 😉

The votes are in! ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams is Ireland’s favourite upbeat song

‘Upbeat On Air’ Ireland’s first all-digital pop-up radio station hits the airwaves today, Monday 6th October, and will broadcast all week for Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday 6th October – ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams has been nominated as Ireland’s favourite upbeat song and will be played throughout the coming week on ‘Upbeat On Air’, the first all-digital pop-up radio station dedicated to promoting positive mental health. The station will broadcast live all this week for Mental Health Awareness Week.

Almost 2000 people cast their votes to nominate their favourite upbeat songs for the top spot. Only 20 votes separated Pharrell Williams’ winning song and the first runner up ‘Walking on Sunshine’ by Katrina & the Waves. Other top contenders included ‘Wagon Wheel’ by Nathan Carter, ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk, ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie, ‘Free Spirit’ by Jedward and ‘Shake it Off’ by Taylor Swift.

Listeners can tune in to ‘Upbeat on Air’ on 99.5fm and online at from Monday 6th to Friday 10th October. The station will be broadcast live from St Patrick’s Mental Health Services from Monday to Thursday and the week will conclude with a live broadcast from RTE on Friday.

With the help of a host of celebrity presenters, Ireland’s most positive pop station will be informing listeners on the importance of mental health and the need to take steps at an early stage. The exciting line up will include:

· Breakfast Show 7-10am: Theresa Lowe & Alan Shortt

· Morning Show – 10-1pm: Shay Byrne & Alison Canavan

· Afternoon Show – 1-4pm: Paddy Cullivan, Musician, The Late Late Show House Band, produced by Paddy McKenna.

· Evening Show – 4-7pm: Ruth Scott, Eoghan McDermott, Geri Maye, Sheana Keane and Nikki Hayes are presenting one show each.

· Night Show – 7-10pm: Karina Buckley

· In addition to the above line up there will be a few guest presenters popping in throughout the week including Michael Doherty who will do movie reviews and will also look at how Hollywood has tackled the theme of mental illness in movies.

Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, comments “The importance of seeking support and professional advice at an early stage, to deal with mental health issues, cannot be emphasised enough. Very often people can be afraid to take the first courageous steps towards recovery. We hope that ‘Upbeat On Air’ will get people talking about the importance of mental health so we can make some steps towards removing the stigma often associated with mental health.”

Sarah Surgenor Communications Manager with St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services said “The response we have had in the run-up to putting ‘Upbeat’ on air has been fantastic. I would like to thank everyone who cast their votes for their favourite upbeat songs, they will make for a great playlist this week. There really will be something for everyone throughout the week thanks to our variety of fantastic celebrity presenters manning the station. Promoting the importance of positive mental health is a very important message and our pop-up station is the perfect outlet to do so. Make sure to tune in on 99.5fm!” IMG_7328.TIF

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