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Gift gong as Mario joins radio legends

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 04/10/2011 | 05:00

THE man behind the famous Roy Keane and Bertie Ahern sketches on Today FM has been honoured with an outstanding achievement award by his industry colleagues.

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Impressionist Mario Rosenstock's 'Gift Grub' characters have been making people laugh for 12 years on Ian Dempsey's breakfast show.

"I imagine this is a message from colleagues in the radio industry to give up and stop but I'm happy to go on," Mr Rosenstock joked yesterday.

At 39, he is a good deal younger than previous recipients, which include Larry Gogan, Micheal O Muir-cheartaigh and Jimmy Magee.

But a select committee of radio industry figures voted for Rosenstock to receive the accolade at the Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) Awards

"We have a terrible habit of waiting until people are dead in this country before celebrating them," Today FM boss Willie O'Reilly said.

"I think Mario has more than enough of a track record to be worthy of this honour, as well as being utterly unique."

Irish Independent

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