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The Soul Kitchen
Chris Maher is Ireland’s resident ‘Soul Man’ with an all encompassing passion for great soul music. His love of radio began at an early age and in 1999 Chris made his broadcasting debut on pirate station Jazz 89.8 FM. Before long he was presenting a week-day morning show called ‘Sunnyside Up’ which offered listeners a quality music mix and an alternative to the usual morning radio chatter. In 2003 while attending the launch of the STAX Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis Chris was officially adopted as an Honorary Tennessean & Ambassador of Soul Music by the State of Tennessee (Senate Joint Resolution #305). Chris spent 6 and a half years producing and presenting his own show, the Soul Kitchen on Dublin City FM before accepting an opportunity to join the 4FM launch team with a new show called the Soul Train. Chris produced and presented the Soul Train for 17 months growing the audience from 0 to 12,000 + listeners, making it #1 on a Sunday for 4FM. Following a stint on Heartbeat FM with his ever popular Soul Train programme Chris returned to Dublin City FM where he now presents 60 minutes of Soul every Thursday at 10pm live from his Soul Kitchen. Chris is the Founder & CEO of the Dublin City Soul Festival, which launched in May 2007 and went on to win an Irish Times Living Dublin Award for Culture & Tourism later that year. The festival now in its 6th year attracts over 42,000 + people annually with a variety of exciting offerings including a Rising Stars music stage, promoting the best emerging Irish and global artists.
In 2009 he established the Musical Youth Foundation (CHY#18624) children’s charity which is working “to provide every child on the island of Ireland with access to a musical education”. Chris is also the Station Manager of Christmas FM – Ireland’s Official Christmas Station which raises funds for a different charity partner each year. In 2011 Christmas FM raised in excess of €100k for homeless charity Focus Ireland. Join Chris every Thursday from 10pm in his Soul Kitchen as he shares some of the greatest music ever made!