Friday 20 October 2017

'I want to be as good as Terry Wogan and Gerry Ryan' - TodayFM newbie Al Porter

Al Porter
Al Porter
Today FM has announced that comedian and actor, Al Porter is to join the station as presenter of their lunchtime show (12-2.30pm). The new presenter was revealed on Dermot & Dave’s show on Today FM this morning. Al’s new show will air from Monday, 13th February. Picture:Brian McEvoy

Sean O'Grady

Despite his comedic roots, Al Porter doesn't feel any pressure to be funny on his new radio show.

The Tallaght man (24) became a lunchtime presenter on Today FM last week and was told by producers he didn't need to play up to his stand-up persona.

"I was really nervous but they said they wanted me to do a show that was me being myself. They said, think you're with your mates - don't think stand-up," he said.

"We had some really interesting bits that were really serious. How do young people move out of their parents' home or how do they cope with being at home when they're 35?

Today FM has announced that comedian and actor, Al Porter is to join the station as presenter of their lunchtime show (12-2.30pm). The new presenter was revealed on Dermot & Dave’s show on Today FM this morning. Al’s new show will air from Monday, 13th February. Picture:Brian McEvoy
Today FM has announced that comedian and actor, Al Porter is to join the station as presenter of their lunchtime show (12-2.30pm). The new presenter was revealed on Dermot & Dave’s show on Today FM this morning. Al’s new show will air from Monday, 13th February. Picture:Brian McEvoy

"We had a thing with a texter talking about the loss of a sense of community and I read that out."

The radio host feels like he is starting from the bottom but hopes to be on the same level as Terry Wogan or Gerry Ryan in a few years.

"It's really good. It feels like a dream come true. It's something I've always wanted to do," he said.

"I've started off at the lowest possible level trying to learn my trade but I have aims to get to Terry Wogan or Gerry Ryan level. I'm learning from the bottom."

Al has turned to some of his Today FM co-workers and former co-host on 2FM Colm Hayes for advice.

"I'm asking everyone for advice. Ian Dempsey has given me advice, Colm Hayes is still giving me advice," he said.

"Ian said: 'Relax, breathe. You don't need to talk as fast as you do during stand-up. You're not talking at people, you're talking to people'.

"Dermot and Dave were saying: 'If you want to do something funny, run it by us to see if it works on radio'."

The Dubliner believes that the station has struck the perfect balance between giving listeners the right amount of chat and music.

"What's nice about Today FM, I think it's a realistic snapshot of where people are with their radio listenership," he said.

"Today FM knows if you're listening to radio, you want a bit of chat. You don't mind a golden oldie being sprinkled in amongst your new hits."

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