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'I rocked out as a heavy metal DJ', reveals UTV news anchor Alison Comyn

Sharon McGowan

Published 01/10/2015 | 07:43

Alison Comyn
Alison Comyn

She's a glamorous TV anchor but Alison Comyn has revealed her broadcasting beginnings were in hardcore rock and roll.

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The UTV Ireland star (46) now works in the world of the news and current affairs but she started out her career as a heavy metal DJ on a local radio station.

24/09/2015 Coronation Street star Shayne Ward Who plays Aidan Connors & UTV Ireland broadcaster Alison Comyn at the unveiling of UTV Ireland's Winter Programming Season at the Bath Pub on Bath Avenue, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
24/09/2015 Coronation Street star Shayne Ward Who plays Aidan Connors & UTV Ireland broadcaster Alison Comyn at the unveiling of UTV Ireland's Winter Programming Season at the Bath Pub on Bath Avenue, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"It was a start off for me in broadcasting, I was studying broadcast journalism in Ballyfermot College of Further Education. I was in LMFM and I used to do the ads for them and that became a gig on Saturday nights," she said.

"It had been the romantic slot but it was 1992 and I was into grunge so I turned it into pure metal."

Along with revealing her love of rock music, Alison disclosed her farming credentials recently - when she sheared her first sheep.

"I went around the Ploughing Championships and I thought we can do lots of straight interviews with politicians, because they're all lining up because it's before elections," she said.

Newsreader Alison Comyn at the launch of UTV Ireland
Newsreader Alison Comyn at the launch of UTV Ireland

"So I was walking around I thought I could either milk a cow - which I have done before and wasn't very pleasant - or I can shear a sheep, so I did it."

Speaking to the Anton Savage Show on Today FM, Alison said that although she would love to go back to her radio roots, she doesn't have time now she's a news anchor.

Alison Comyn
Alison Comyn

"I might accept [another job offer] if it meant that I didn't have to spend half the day in the hairdressers and get make-up," she joked.

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