Thursday 8 December 2016

Alf signs off tonight with last 'Late Date'

Published 30/12/2015 | 02:30

RTÉ Radio One DJ Alf McCarthy in his studio ahead of his last show. Picture: Arthur Carron
RTÉ Radio One DJ Alf McCarthy in his studio ahead of his last show. Picture: Arthur Carron

RTÉ broadcaster Alf McCarthy hangs up his microphone today after a 35-year career.

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The broadcaster, who delivers his final 'Late Date' programme on RTÉ Radio One tonight, admitted his signing-off will bring mixed emotions.

"I love the intimacy of radio," he said. "I have enjoyed the privilege of being allowed into people's lives and hearts every night for so many years."

McCarthy began his career at RTÉ Cork in 1979 and became a lynchpin of Cork Local Radio. Such was his popularity that he earned the nickname The Voice of Cork.

He became synonymous with major events on Leeside over the past four decades, including the Cork 800 celebrations. As well as his light entertainment shows, he also worked on a number of comedy and satirical projects and in documentary production.

With the closure of Cork Local Radio, he established a devoted following on RTÉ Radio One with his 'Late Date' show, which runs until 2am.

McCarthy said that, after 35 years, the decision to sign off was the correct one.

Paying tribute to him, Radio One entertainment editor Ann-Marie Power said: "It was a great privilege working with Alf over the past number of years and seeing at first-hand how his loyal family of listeners held him in the highest and warmest regard."

Irish Independent

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