My radio journey started when I was around 14. Like all the local teens, I was an avid listener of Freedom 92fm and a regular attendee of Club Future, the local disco (run by the same fantastic crew).
I’d been phoning Freedom so much looking for requests and shout outs; I’d lost all my phone privileges at home. So, somehow or other I managed to persuade the guys to let me come up and see the actual radio studio. I mean, in hindsight, I had been a bit of a stalker so fair play to them for being that brave! God only knows what they were expecting.
Within a few weeks, I had somehow convinced Simon Davis and Andy Walker to let me answer the phones. I imagine, to them, it became pretty obvious that I was a new fixture, and not in the ideal way, but they kindly afforded me lots of new opportunities; firstly as a phantom DJ – as in, not allowed to talk. That was admittedly weird for me, but eventually, I got myself a steady slot of Tuesday 6-8pm. A year or so later they agreed to let me do Sunday’s 1-3pm, I called the show Strictly Funk.
I was besotted with everything about radio and went on to study it at third level, all the while doing my two shows a week with Freedom.
Once I graduated, I got some gigs answering phones in 98fm, one of the licensed stations in Dublin, around that time, I moved on from Freedom physically, but I was still emotionally connected!
My phone answering job eventually led to a news reading gig, which led to some overnight presenting with FM104. This was followed by an afternoon stint in Waterford on Beat 102-103 which led me back to Dublin where I spent 7 years with FM104 on the weekend and evening schedule before hanging up my headphones to focus on a marketing career.
I’m still in love with radio so it’s beyond exciting for me to have the opportunity to present lunchtime favourites every weekday on Freedom 92FM.