Tuesday 12 November 2019

Hector forced to abandon Today FM slot as his mother passed away

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Hector Ó hEochagáin has been forced to abandon his temporary slot at Today FM after his mother passed away.

Hector filled Ray D'Arcy's old slot at the station on Monday in a week-long stint ahead of new host Anton Savage's arrival.

However, the 45-year-old broadcaster was not present on Tuesday and comedian Neil Delamere took over and it was revealed his mother Trina had passed away.

Supporters posted messages of condolence on Hector's Facebook page. 

Hector has previously credited his mother, who ran a bookstore in his hometown of Navan, with igniting his interest in broadcasting.

He also revealed how his catchphrase 'keep her lit' originated from his mother always having a candle burning in their house.

Hector's radio stint at Today FM was his first since he was was axed from his morning slot on 2Fm in December 2013 as Breakfast Republic recruits Jennifer Maguire, Bernard O'Shea, and Keith Walsh were drafted in.

The Galway-based personality's morning programme brought in 136,000 listeners for RTE radio according to his last JNLR figures -- up 12,000 on the same figures from the previous numbers in January 2013.

When Dan Healy took over the Head of 2FM position, he offered Hector an ultimatum -- to move his show to Dublin or his position would no longer be available.

Last summer Hector admitted that he was sad to leave, "I miss my soldiers of the dawn on the radio and I can't go five yards without someone talking about the show so I'm thinking of that audience.

"My family is chuffed. Getting up at 20 past five it is not all that nice. I am now sleeping and getting the chance to bring my kids to school," he said.

The early starts will begin again from Monday, although Hector is filling the position at Today FM temporarily until Anton Savage arrives.

Ray D'Arcy abruptly left the radio station last month to return to his broadcasting "home" within the grounds of RTE.

READ: Anton 'honoured' to take over Today FM's morning hotseat

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