IT has been a man's world up to now – but next week DJ Louise McSharry will take centre stage at 2fm when she covers for Ryan Tubridy
Even Louise admits she was shocked when RTE revealed she was to take over the 9am-11am slot for two weeks while the station's biggest star does his latest stint on BBC Radio.
“Yes I was surprised to get the call. I think everyone else was surprised too. That said, this was always my dream to do something like this.
“I'm not going to be holding back or pretending to be something I'm not. I'm going to be myself, straight-talking and not horrible to anyone,” she told the Herald.
On weekdays, 2fm’s entire schedule is led by men, including Rick O’Shea, Will Leahy and Colm Hayes.
By giving Louise the slot, new 2fm boss Dan Healy is making good on his promise to put more women on the radio after complaining there were not enough female voices on Irish airwaves.
Something which Louise is in complete agreement with.
“Especially when we have so many hilarious women in Ireland who are great storytellers who have lots to offer. I think we're in this situation because men tend to march in and demand to be seen whereas women aren't so good at putting themselves forward. I plan to have lots of women on my radio show but not for the sake of it, because they will be great contributors,” she added.
Healy also raised eyebrows in other comments he made last week that Tubridy's previous replacement Westlife Nicky Byrne would not be doing further stints at 2fm.
“What Dan wants to do is to use slots like this to focus on existing 2fm presenters who have developed the craft of radio presenting. When people new to radio are drafted in, it can be tough on them and tough for everyone else,” said Louise who has worked in Irish radio for over a decade.
But the blonde, who likes Jay-Z, could lock horns with boss Dan over the music she plays with 2fm now locked into a ‘hot playlist' of 600 tracks.
“In a dream world, I would be able to play what I wanted. For instance I wouldn't play Chris Brown, that would send out a bad message given his lack of remorse over his actions.