‘When Marty has a day off, the absence of his spirit seems to linger on the waves’
There is a school of thought that says radio can be compared to Twitter, where you make some general choices about the stations you like and you “follow” them – but with the advantage that Elon Musk could don’t buy them all. day, throw in things that make you stop listening to the radio altogether.
Looking back at 2022, it seems like a normal one-day broadcast is as varied as any you’ll find on social, with the advantage that much of that show can at least attempt to be accurate. in terms of reality.
So only during daylight hours you can have reliable reports of the Russians invading Ukraine and the Tory party selling England into the river, besides hotline Padre Pio entries appear on the balustrade in Dublin, or the ancient question of
whether women on television should stand more “lady” style.
Indeed, women and the way they exist in the world appear to be a frequent source of anxiety on the radio, with Joe Duffy or Katie Hannon regularly hearing complaints that go beyond just overly aggressive stances. of women on television, but also about whether, say, they should be allowed to drink on the train from Dublin to Westport.
Often only when these important issues are cleared up hotlinethat social media pounced on them and it all spiraled out of control.
Certainly the range of documents on most older wireless devices is beyond anyone’s imagination.
You can have a landmark product, such as RTÉ 1’s Blackrock boys, another documentary in a seemingly endless series about abuses occurring in Catholic institutions. Or you might just have mentions throughout the day about the Man with the Tesco Club Tag tattooed on his arm.
But there’s an energy in social media that can make even the best radio seem a bit slow – and so on. Irish morning may seem worth contemplating next to Breakfast Newsletterwith heated arguments between Ciara Kelly and Shane Coleman.
Even if they’re just arguing for the sake of it, that dynamic seems more in keeping with the spirit of the times – again with the advantage that Kelly and Coleman can rage about anything without irritating them. caused a Twitter mob to burn it all down.
For a really “traditional” news program like This week – RTÉ Sunday lunchtime fare with ceremonial interviews with party leaders – it sounds like something out of the Irish Radio Museum.
You feel that politicians feel most comfortable in this program. They are not afraid that Sarah McInerney will do to them what she did to the Russian ambassador on Driving time. Or the way Claire Byrne pursued Alan Dukes to apologize for her contempt for the people of Quinn Country.
Pat Kenny was there in the olden days, and will probably still be working three hours each morning on Newstalk when Twitter is gone – though that may be soon.
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Elon Musk also can’t afford to bring us “The Lyric’s The Thing”, that great feature on The Pat Kenny Program in which Paul Harrington tells the story of a popular song and offers his own interpretation of it – the act itself becomes a stage performance.
Drive It with 2 Johnnies on 2FM has the energy we’ve all been looking for – and although I’m not a regular listener, I’ll stop in from time to time to watch whatever they do.
But more often than not I will be found on Lyric FM with Marty in the morning or Bernard Clarke on Blue of the night.
Such programs are essential for maintaining a nation’s mental health. Indeed, I argued that when Marty himself had a day off, I could sense it just from the music without actually hearing the indie presenter’s voice. Somehow, the absence of his spirit seems to still be present in the wave.
But my favorite story about 2022 comes from an unexpected source, in RTÉ 1’s Irish soundtracka series of films on Irish soundtracks performed by Fiachna Ó Braonáin.
It was narrated by Bill “Riverdance” Whelan, who recalled that Robert O’Flaherty’s Aran’s Man introduced a Tommy O’Rourke, a shark hunter who went to a movie premiere in London – and never returned to Aran. He has a son, Steve, who will become Pink Floyd’s manager.
Where else will you get it?
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/radio/when-marty-has-a-day-off-the-absence-of-his-spirit-seems-to-linger-in-the-airwaves-42252969.html ‘When Marty has a day off, the absence of his spirit seems to linger on the waves’