Wednesday December 11, 2019

Learning the ropes under the eye of a master

My four-year stint as producer of The Gay Byrne Show was the ultimate broadcasting education, writes Alex White

10th November, 2019
Gay Byrne in Studio 5 at Montrose: ‘On radio, you could actually hear him listening’Getty

In the summer of 1990, I travelled to eastern Europe with John Bowman to record interviews for a series on the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. That extraordinary event had occurred just months before our trip: this weekend exactly 30 years ago.

Before I left for Prague, I had my annual review meeting with RTÉ’s head of radio, Tom Manning. He had floored me by asking me to take over in the autumn as...

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