Ronan Collins was in tears as he signed up for the last daily radio show – ‘it was a pleasure and a privilege’

Ronan Collins says his more than 40-year broadcasting career has been “extremely enjoyable and never a chore”.

he is a veteran RTÉ Radio 1 DJ who signed on to his last daytime music show today after starting on the lunchtime slot in 1985.

The 70-year-old announced that he will join RTÉ Gold from February and details will be announced later.

“I’ll be back here in January for the Collins Collection on Holiday Mondays on Radio 1 but a lot of people have asked where they’ll listen to Elvis, The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen, but you will for sure. see them. on RTÉ Gold and I will be on RTÉ Gold from February onwards,” he said.

The Dublin native said he was “overwhelmed” by the number of well wishes he has received over the past two weeks.

“I don’t think Radio 1 listeners are happy with this change, there’s been a lot of contact in the last few weeks since I made the announcement and I feel a lot of things,” he said.

“I am proud of the attention, ashamed of the attention and I am a little sad that so many people are not happy that I will be attending.

“It’s my command, I’m 70 years old, I’ve been doing this for 43 and a half years coming here five days a week and loved every minute of it until I drove in this morning and I’ve always had a fear I fear that I risk total burnout here and I fear that other circumstances may cause me to stop doing it.

“I feel better than I should get through these inevitable changes, but I have to look back on my life and figure out what I want for the rest of my life and time is the only thing I want, Time to do other things.”

Mr. Collins said the death of his friend and RTÉ broadcaster, Larry Gogan, “put this process into training”.

“Larry will be gone for three years in January, and I think about two and a half years ago, when the pandemic started and the lockdown started, and I miss Larry. I see him every day, we are great friends and I just feel like my heart has left the building,” he said.

“But I have to say that at that stage, that’s when I started thinking about it, but then with the pandemic, I was completely overwhelmed by the number of people who were currently listening, so I got a job. have to do, and I keep going.

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“And then last year I started thinking about it again because you start to look at your age and how long you’ve been doing something and wonder how long you can keep doing it.

“While it was successful and hugely enjoyable, it was never a chore or a burden when I walked in the studio door, no matter what happened in the previous few hours or what I had to deal with. later in the day, it’s time for me to work, I have a job to do.

RTÉ broadcaster member Joe Duffy expressed admiration for Collins’ “popularity and connection to people”.

“What an absolute joy, we are usually the only ones that see each other during the lockdown, and you always insist on coming and doing your show and I think again you have caught the pulse. okay,” he said.

“Thank God you will go away full of health, full of happiness and above all your talented voice and creativity and that can go on for a long time.

“Thanks for all the laughter and all the stories you told me before we went on air, but above all health and happiness for the many busy years ahead.”

In tears, Collins announced her final two songs, Adios by Linda Ronstadt and Thank You for Being a Friend by Andrew Gold.

“It’s for all of you, especially so many of you over the last few weeks, my whole working life has been about music and that’s why I let those two songs speak for themselves. ,” he say.

“I can thank so many people but as always on this show, there is never enough time to do what I want to do. Thank you very much, it was a pleasure and a privilege.” Ronan Collins was in tears as he signed up for the last daily radio show – ‘it was a pleasure and a privilege’

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