The sad news that TXFM is to close in the coming months led many to wonder what's next for the alternative music radio listeners in Dublin and beyond.

There was a rumour that Simon Maher, formerly of TXFM forerunner Phantom FM and now of, was considering applying for the licence.

However, he has issued a statement saying that he had considered applying for the licence in December when it was advertised, but ultimately decided against it as it was unlikely that it would have unseated TXFM.

Since the news of TXFM's demise, however, he has urged the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to re-advertise the Alternative Rock Licence "at the earliest opportunity". currently broadcasts digitally, as well as via temporary FM frequencies in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick during summer and autumn months

In other related news, it's been announced that musician Gavin Glass - who released his most recent album 'Sunday Songs' last year - will take up a new show on Radio Nova.

Glass had presented The Pick Up, a specialist roots, folk and Americana show on the station - but will now take over presenting duties on the weekly show, 'Locals Only', on Sunday nights on Nova. The show will feature the best in Irish music and Glass makes his debut this Sunday at 6pm.