“If you haven’t had a few dents in your resumé, you haven’t tried.” – Andrew Forrest
As my CV so modestly puts it, I’m:
- an ideas originator/developer with a print journalism background and a track record of successful commissions and fund-raising via broadcasters, sponsorship and government agencies (viz the BAI Sound & Vision Fund);
- strong on finding and persuading people to take part;
- comfortable working alone or as part of a team, in-studio or on location, live or pre-recorded;
- proficient on Pro Tools, Audition, Hindenburg and Radioman;
- a holder of a full driver’s licence and a surprisingly decent national and international contacts book;
- social media savvy and an all round good egg.
And like everyone else in this business, I’m always on the lookout for good ideas so if you think you have one that could cut the broadcasting mustard let’s have a coffee.
Career highlights? In my almost 30 years in broadcasting there have been many:
- producing the Emmy Award-winning Reporters At War series for Discovery in 2003 on the history of war journalism;
- producing in RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ 2fm since 2010 on the likes of Liveline, Mooney, Late Debate, The John Murray Show, Weekenders with Ruth & Paddy, The Marty Morrissey Show, Songwriters, The Brendan O’Connor Show, Rick O’Shea in the Afternoon, Mornings with Dave Fanning and The Ryan Tubridy Show;
- co-producing and hosting You Couldn’t Make It Up, a 10-part weekly radio comedy news panel show for Newstalk in 2013 and 2014;
- directing my first television documentary, Sleep With Me, in 2007 for Channel 4’s First Cut strand;
- producing RTÉ Radio 1’s winning 2015 PPI Station of the Year Award entry;
- presenting and producing the weekly Access All Areas on RTÉ Radio 1 between 1996 and 1998 on the workings of the music industry;
- producing and directing Now That’s What You Called News 2011, an end of year news-review television programme for RTÉ that focused on our internet news searches;
- producing five radio documentaries for RTÉ Radio 1’s Documentary On One strand between 2009 and 2012, including The Forgotten Visit on Nixon’s 1970 visit to Ireland and the GAA McNamee Award-winning A Silver Lining on emigration and the Stockholm Gaels;
- filling in for Dave Fanning for eight years from 1990 on his nightly RTÉ 2fm music show;
- and of course, I imagine what most people of a certain age remember me for, my first full time broadcasting gig, co-presenting RTÉ Television’s Head 2 Toe, their then weekly fashion show (I know. Me? Fashion? Who wudda thunk?), for five fascinating years from autumn 1989.