FM104 apologise for "making light" of voicemail from 4-year-old boy with additional needs 1 month ago

FM104 apologise for "making light" of voicemail from 4-year-old boy with additional needs

The segment has been a much-loved kids' feature for years.

FM104 have issued a statement apologising for joking about a voicemail sent in by a four-year-old boy with additional needs.

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The voicemail was aired during the station's Strawberry Alarm Clock’s Kids in the Car show. Presented by Jim-Jim Nugent and Mark 'Nobby' Noble, the segment has been a much-loved kids' feature for years.

Yesterday, a four-year-old boy with dyspraxia submitted a WhatsApp voice note to the segment to tell them "how great his Daddy was."

However, mum Kellie Sweeney claimed the presenters "took the p**s out of him for the sound of his voice and the delay getting the words out."

The incident sparked outrage amongst Irish Twitter users and listeners who were eager to show support for both mother and son. Many reached out to FM104 to complain.

Last night, the station released a statement "to apologise for making light of" the voice message.

"During the Strawberry Alarm Clock’s Kids in the Car feature, one of our presenters made a joke about not being able to hear a voice message we received from a young boy, who we later learned has additional needs," a spokesperson for FM104 said. "We have been in touch with the family to make a personal apology.

"...There was no intention to cause deliberate upset or harm, but today we made a mistake and have begun a robust review of our internal processes."

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