Eoghan McDermott has lived in south county Dublin with his girlfriend Aoife Melia for three years. Life is relatively calm. It wasn't always thus. While working as a DJ in London for XFM in 2013, Eoghan got up to some high jinks. One story involved the band Kodaline's antics causing him to get evicted from his flat in Queen's Park.
As lots of us are painfully aware, many industries and businesses have tanked during this extended economic shutdown. Rather more cheerily, however, The Hard Shoulder (Newstalk, Mon-Fri 4pm) has begun focusing on, and celebrating, those businesses that are "continuing to thrive and survive during these difficult times… which have adapted to the new climate".
Seán Moncrieff (Newstalk, Mon-Fri 2pm) or his researchers, or both, have an unerring knack for ferreting out quirky, bizarre and just plain interesting stories from around the world. On a talk-radio menu dominated, across most stations, by the news, this show serves up little "amuse-bouches" to tantalise the taste buds and, most importantly, refresh the palate after a stodgy diet of news and current affairs.
Has RTÉ Radio 1's sports department basically given up the ghost? Before Covid-19, they ran four or five hours each day at weekends on Saturday/Sunday Sport. Sometimes this ran into six, seven or eight hours, if a big match was being covered live.
Opera wouldn't exactly be my favourite form of music, and so Opera Night with Paul Herriott (Lyric FM, Sat 7pm) wouldn't be my most-frequented show on that excellent station. Nothing insult intended, just personal taste (though opera is great background music in mafia movies).
Covid-19, Matt Cooper said on The Last Word (Today FM, Mon-Fri 4.30pm) is in every jurisdiction on the planet, while 5G mobile-phone technology is not. However, this has not stopped some "headbangers" from blaming the pandemic on "some form of Wi-Fi poisoning… (They claim) that Covid-19 is being created by 5G."
So how's everyone coping with being stuck inside, or at least close to, their house, day after day? With social distancing and constant handwashing? With the surreal, "sci-fi movie" experience that has become the workaday chore of shopping?
The Covid-19 crisis ramped up another gear, with the Government announcing "unprecedented actions to respond to an unprecedented emergency". Brian Dobson, on Morning Ireland (Radio 1, Mon-Fri 7am), summed up the new paradigm: "A nation staying at home and an economy in cold storage: we're embarking on a massive exercise in national survival (with) the most severe peace-time restrictions ever seen in social and business activity."
Roy Hudd, the comedian, who died last Sunday aged 83, sprang from the tradition of the British music hall and although he made his mark on the stage and on television was best known for The News Huddlines, his long-running BBC Radio 2 satirical show which poked fun at the week's news.
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