The show "takes a look at the world of the arts through music and film... with Dave's own, and the listeners', selection of music anthems as well as all the latest entertainment news and reviews of TV in a reflection of popular culture around Ireland."
Adrian Moynes, head of RTÉ Radio 1, stated in an interview on Morning Ireland on June 6 2006 that Dave's new programme on would have some of the characteristics of Fanning's current show on RTÉ 2FM, but would also include "such things" as painting, sculpture and plays.
It had been on air Monday to Friday from 6pm-7:30pm, and featured a mix of music, movie news, lifestyle items, Internet guides and competitions, as well as regular features such as classic albums nominated by guests.
His Friday show had become particularly popular taking on a unique form of listener requests based on particular criteria, such as songs loosely based on the days of the week, seasons of the year, songs with women's names or simply songs with numbers or times in their titles.
Before 1992 the Dave Fanning Show was 100% music and featured the now legendary Fanning Sessions where young aspiring bands were brought into studio and got a full recording session which was subsequently played on Dave's radio show.
One of the bands that recorded a Fanning Session were U2, who in turn let Dave have the world exclusive first play of all their new singles.