I’m a fan of radio.
I probably always was – more than half a century on I still remember The Kennedys of Castleross and Frankie Byrne and the Walton’s programme on RTE radio.
And I remember sitting on my mother’s knee for Listen with Mother on BBC when I came home from national school.
I know too that when I’m in hospital my radio is indispensable. Indeed, given a choice I’d keep my radio and dump the telly!
But while I think we’re really lucky with the standard of broadcasting in Ireland, despite people constantly whingeing about paying 48 cent a day for all the services RTE provides.
But like any good medium, there are some things about radio that bug me.
I feel qualified to talk about radio in these terms, by the way, having been the host of
the sadly missed* Murray and Mackey Show which used to be on Radio Ireland/Today FM.
What do you mean you never heard of Murray and Mackey?
Really. Some people…
That’s like a soccer fan saying they never heard of Ian Henderson.
I said Ian Henderson!!!
For God’s sake everyone knows Ian Henderson.
He’s Rochdale FC’s top scorer EVER.
*(Well, I miss it anyway.)
I think if we’re not careful we will someday soon, have the following programmes on some station or other.
They will be called:
1) Lots of Interesting Things In The Newspapers.
2) 11.00 I Didn’t Interrupt You.
3) A Whole Lot of People Talking at the Same Time.
4) We’ve a Text From Mick in Dundrum.
And of course the highlight of the day:
5) I’m Joined in Studio By
In fairness, I’m Joined in Studio By could be a lot of fun. Because there’ll be a kind of Guess the Guest Bingo.
If you can name all the guests on the show you win a big prize like, maybe, a new radio.
Can I start my guess with Eoin O Broin? Or Mary Lou? Rich Boy Barrett and Michael McGrath?Radio