Lisa McHugh Confirms New Role with Downtown Radio | Newry Times

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Monday, March 8th, 2021

Ireland’s leading pop/country artist, Lisa McHugh has confirmed that she has landed her dream role – presenting her very own weekly show on Downtown Radio. 


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The hugely upbeat singer-songwriter will front The Lisa McHugh Show every Saturday afternoon from 5 March (4 to 7 pm).



Aiming to bring a new dimension to the weekend line up, Lisa is keen to point out that this is NOT a country show, but that Downtown listeners can expect a great range of pop hits spanning the last 20 years as well as the best songs from today.

She hopes her blend of music and chat will boost positivity and help ease everyone into the Saturday night ‘mood’ – even if they will be spending them at home for the next few months. 

“I’m over the moon to have this opportunity to host my own show,” said a clearly thrilled Lisa, “and Downtown really is the perfect platform.”


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As passionate as ever about her singing career, Lisa said the impact of the pandemic made her reassess her priorities and focus on other aspects of the industry which have always appealed to her but had no time to fully explore.

“Like everyone else, lockdown pressed the pause button for those involved in entertainment – which was both challenging and frustrating,” said Lisa.

“Prior to this, I was always on the go, with most of my time spent travelling and performing.

“But, at home in Enniskillen, I’ve had time to rethink everything.



“I’ve been able to write new music, do some recording and concentrate on my other passion – presenting.

“This led to my own podcast series, which has been a great success.”

According to Lisa, the opportunity with Downtown takes this to the next level.

“My friends and family will confirm that I love to sing, but I also love to chat.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of radio and view it as a great way to connect with others.

“I plan to make The Lisa McHugh show as interactive as possible and generate a bit of buzz and energy on Saturday evenings.”



The announcement of her role on Downtown coincides with the release of Lisa’s new single ‘Bad Idea’ which she wrote after a fun night out with friends in Nashville in 2018.

She is also focusing on her new album which she plans to launch at the end of the year.

Welcoming Lisa to the Downtown team, Stuart Robinson, Content Director of Bauer Media NI said, “Lisa is a great addition to our weekend line up – she is upbeat, engaging and has a huge fan base. 

“She is excited to be hosting her own show and based on the response to her podcast, we know she will inject that same warmth, fun and positively which we all need right now.



He added, “Saturdays are certainly going to change for the better with Lisa in the hot seat!”


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