Saturday November 28, 2020

Business interview: Des Whelan

After building a radio station from scratch, Des Whelan chose to stay in the business rather than receive a huge pay-day when shareholders chose to sell out – a decision he’s never regretted

26th March, 2011

If things had worked out differently, Des Whelan could have been a rock star. In the late 1970s, he gave up college to play bass guitar in a band on ‘‘the university circuit’’ around Ireland.

Realising that the band, Clutch, wasn’t going to make the big-time, Whelan turned his attention to another part of the entertainment industry - radio.

More than 30 years on, he’s happy to say his...

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