Saturday 16 December 2017

Al Porter: 'Gerry Ryan's my inspiration'

Al Porter
Al Porter
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Al Porter has revealed the late Gerry Ryan is one of his biggest role models when it comes to his new radio show.

Two months ago, he took over the lunchtime slot on Today FM which starts at 12pm as he moved into Dermot & Dave's previous slot and comedian Porter (24) cites the legendary radio presenter as his inspiration.

"I love the show, I think it's finding its feet now and I wasn't asking for anything special or huge when I started off," Porter told the Diary.

"I just said that having been inspired by people like Gerry Ryan, who was the mid-morning star, I wanted to do something that was very busy and very curious.

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"I wanted to do a show where you don't know when you tuned in whether you were going to be talking about something very controversial or utterly trivial. It's starting to get there now."

He said that he was also delighted to snatch a guest from RTE Radio 1 recently.

"We managed to get the farmer who had the heifer cow with quadruplets and I heard that Ray D'Arcy had been looking for him as well. Ray's been around a long time and we're only starting out so it shows that we're looking for the right thing," he said.

However, he's realistic about the cut-throat nature of the radio industry.

"If this show is going down the tank in a year-and-a-half, I'll have to go, I'm very realistic about it," he said.

"But from a personal point of view, I love having a routine. It's nice to go into an office and see some familiar faces and all have a joke together.

"That was missing from my life as being a comedian, everything is so self-obsessed. You write about yourself, you perform it yourself, so to be part of a team effort is really, really good.

Given that he's happily loved-up with his "perfect" man, he admits it is time that he took the plunge and moved out of his parents' home in Tallaght.

"I have been talking about moving out forever and my mum was like, 'When is this happening?' So now I'm thinking of trying to buy a house," he said.

He is also supporting an issue that is close to his heart shortly, namely co-hosting Independent News and Media's Rock Against Homelessness concert being staged at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on Friday, April 7.

The Boomtown Rats have just been confirmed as one of the big-name acts who will be performing on the night - alongside Ham Sandwich and The Blizzards - to raise funds for Focus Ireland.

"It's absolutely awful, there's a man that sleeps outside Today FM and he's there every day.

"It's awful to see and the reality is that, absolutely anybody could end up homeless," he said.


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