STARS ON TO­DAY FM

As Sarah Caden talks to ra­dio star Louise Duffy (see Page 16), Pat Fitz­patrick takes a look at some other top broad­cast­ers from To­day FM

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Ian broke into TV with

Chil­dren’s TV has been a start­ing point for so many stars who re­main pop­u­lar and rel­e­vant to­day. Not to men­tion Ray D’Arcy. Ian was re­cently in­ducted into the PPI Ra­dio Hall of Fame. It’s the thing ev­ery­one in ra­dio wants af­ter a se­cure job, their own jin­gle, a bit of voice-over work and their own mug. Ian (55) an­nounced he is get­ting a tat­too for a good cause. He wants to put it some­where it can’t be seen. For most mid­dle-aged men, that would be their toes.

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Matt is go­ing to present TV3’s Six Na­tions rugby cov­er­age when they take over from RTE in 2018. The big ques­tion is who will be the match com­men­ta­tor. It will be hard to find an­other Ryle Nu­gent. His high-pitched voice is so posh, there are times it can only be heard by dogs and women in D4. It would be wrong to say that Matt’s hit ra­dio show, is aimed at men. The mix of sport, pol­i­tics and eco­nom­ics ap­peals to his fe­male lis­ten­ers. Both of them, says you.

3 IAN DEMPSEY Dempsey’s Den. MATT COOPER The Last Word, ALI­SON CUR­TIS

She’s Cana­dian. Canada has a pop­u­la­tion of 35m, ris­ing to 200m if Don­ald Trump wins the elec­tion. Or 202m if Hil­lary wins. Ali­son be­came an Ir­ish cit­i­zen re­cently. This in­volves an Ir­ish­ness test, in­clud­ing ques­tions like, “Do you know Gerry, his sis­ter is a teacher from back along?” Pass the test and it’s just a mat­ter of rais­ing your right hand and say­ing, “I pledge to shout sorry at peo­ple in or­der to get their at­ten­tion.”

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The lunchtime show fea­tures Der­mot Whe­lan, an ac­com­plished co­me­dian you will re­mem­ber from shows such as

and His part­ner is called Dave (the Sideshow bit is si­lent). They have a slot on the show called ‘Say Stuff that Suits the Mu­sic’. That’s where Dave plays mu­sic and Der­mot says some­thing ap­pro­pri­ate. You can do it at home. Play the in­tro to Adele’s and say, “Turn that rub­bish off now, we only like her when she’s sad.”

The Panel 5 DER­MOT & DAVE Repub­lic of Telly. Hello AN­TON SAV­AGE

He re­ally has a great name for ra­dio. It also sounds like the name of a paint­ing you’d see in a nobby bou­tique art gallery. “I call this Ant On Sav­age. As you can see, it de­picts a lit­tle ant on Nigel Farage. For me, it rep­re­sents the fright­en­ing power of big­otry, as well as an op­por­tu­nity to get a grant from The Arts Coun­cil. Ye’re all juiced up now on the old free wine so I’ll start the bid­ding at, let’s see, 40 grand. No? OK, €300.”

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