May 18, 2021
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Ryde on: Popular Waterford drag queen Joanna lands new radio role

Popular Waterford-based drag queen Joanna Ryde has been unveiled as a presenter of a new show on Beat 102-103’s digital channel.

The station confirmed: “It’s not just the Christmas tree that will be adding sparkle to homes across the South East this year, Joanna will present ‘Pride Beats’ on the station every Friday night between 8pm and 10pm. The show will provide 2 hours of non-stop noughties pop hits to get listeners ready for the weekend. Noughty Beats is an online radio station, launched by Beat 102 103 in September 2018.”

Joanna has had lots of success over the last 15 years; including winning Alternative Miss Ireland, getting to the live shows on The All Ireland Talent Show, reaching the final 120 of Britain’s Got Talent, appearing on TV shows such as Podge & Rodge, Val Falvey TD and Ireland’s Craziest TV Moments, publishing a book, hitting over a million views on YouTube, having a newspaper column and mainstream radio slot as well as performing in venues across the country.

Speaking about her appointment, Joanna said; “I’m only delighted to be back on Beat! Pride Beats is the most fun you’ll have listening to the radio. The perfect combination of pop classics and me, International Superstar Joanna Ryde, what’s not to love?”

Loyal listeners to Beat 102 103 will know this isn’t Joanna’s first radio-rodeo. She also worked as a roving reporter on Beat Breakfast, covering a range of topics and events across the South East.

Commenting on the announcement, Beat 102 103 CEO Gabrielle Cummins, said: “Digital listening for Beat 102-103 and its digital only station Noughty Beats has exploded during Covid 19. When we compare audience listening via e,g Smart Speaker in October 2020 versus October 2019, we have seen a massive hike of 449% year on year. As the pandemic goes on longer than we all originally thought, people are looking for avenues to escape and Joanna on Pride Beats is the perfect anecdote for that.”

Noughty beats is available 24 hours a day on the Irish radio play app, the Beat 102 103 app and online at

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating, and He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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