THEY may be radio rivals, but broadcasters Pat Kenny and Sean O'Rourke put on-air competition aside to "catch up over a drink".
The hosts attended the opening night of John McColgan and Moya Doherty's 'Heartbeat of Home' in Dublin's Bord Gais Energy theatre tonight and told the Irish Independent they were looking forward to swapping war stories from the first month in their new positions.
"We haven't had a chance to get in touch at all since the changes, so it would be nice to say hello. We're old pals from way back and rivalry doesn't change that," said Kenny.
The 65-year-old Newstalk presenter told the Irish Independent that the switch to a commercial station has been "a very smooth transition so far".
"It's an evolutionary process, but the bedding in has been going well.
I'm happy with the show at the moment, the interaction has been great, and things will keep progressing - six months from now we might tweak things, but for now it's full steam ahead."
And he stated he is not worried about JNLR figures, at least for a full12 months.
"I'm not nervous about the JNLRs at this stage, it's very much early days."
Kenny also admitted that he's giving himself until Christmas to properly settle in, but said that he does intend to make a return to television - and is not ruling out RTE.
"We left on good terms so I absolutely would not rule it out, you just won't see me on three nights of the week. I'm not missing 'Prime Time'
at all, it was very demanding and just not feasible to do a few nights of the week and still get up every morning to produce a radio show."
Meanwhile, Kenny's Radio One successor O'Rourke said that while it's been "an enjoyable challenge" getting used to lighter content such as book reviews and arts slots, he's currently in the best job of his career so far.
The production, which comes 20 years after the emergence of 'Riverdance', has been written by author Joseph O'Connor.
'Heartbeat of Home' runs at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre until October 12.