So here it is then, the debut Off Message podcast, featuring the wit and wisdom of RTÉ 2fm‘s music-and-movie-mad Dave Fanning, a man I used to fill in for on his nightly rock show during the ’90s before I shagged off to London, but who I only actually got to work with once, back in the summer of 2015 when I was a producer on the 9.00-10.00am slot on RTÉ Radio 1 which he sat in on for just over a month after John Murray left and before Ryan Tubridy took over.

Here over the course of our chat he reminisces about his almost completely accidental journey from music journalism to pirate radio to the state broadcaster; he reveals how his career there since hasn’t exactly gone to plan, if he’d ever leave RTÉ, who in the business he admires most and whether he’d ever ask U2 the hard questions; he admits his own peculiar media consumption habits; and he divulges his unconventional advice for succeeding in the media world and his unorthodox plans for retirement.

Listen on Soundcloud here:

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