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 last night and told this newspaper 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 the commercial station had been "a very smooth transition so far".
And he said he was not worried about JNLR radio ratings figures, at least for a full 12 months.
"I'm not nervous about the JNLRs at this stage, it's very much early days."
Kenny also admitted he's giving himself until Christmas to properly settle in, but said he did intend to make a return to TV – and was not ruling out RTE.
Meanwhile, his Radio 1 successor O'Rourke said that while it had been "an enjoyable challenge" getting used to lighter content such as book reviews and arts slots, he was currently in the best job of his career so far.
The production runs until October 12.