Saturday 16 December 2017

Spin's Blathnaid Treacy replacing DJ Mark McCabe on National Chart Show on 2fm

Blathnaid Treacy
Blathnaid Treacy
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Presenter Blathnaid Treacy (27) is clearly hitting all the right notes at RTE - she's just got her own music show on 2fm.

Currently a presenter on Two Tube on RTE Two, she'll be double-jobbing shortly when she slips behind the decks at the weekends.

She'll be leaving Spin 1038 to present the national chart show every Friday night, which airs from 8-10pm, as she plays the 30 biggest songs in Ireland that week.

DJ Mark McCabe hosted the show from March last year but recently resigned in order to pursue other projects.

"I'm just getting used to the desk at the moment, but it's going to be brilliant. I'm absolutely delighted to be joining the station," she said.

"It's going through a lot of changes at the moment. It's a great time to be joining 2fm, so I'll be finishing Two Tube on Friday and running across to the radio centre for the show, which is very handy."

The fluent Irish speaker said that the show will be bilingual, so she can show off her language skills.

"With any language, if you're not speaking it, you fall out of practice. But when you surround yourself with it again it comes flooding back," she said.

Her new show will debut on Friday, January 1, and she said she's "over the moon" to get such a wonderful opportunity.

"It's going to be a great start to the New Year," she added.

The keen music fan, who dates jazz musician Charlie Mooney, has a wide range of musical tastes - citing everyone from Justin Bieber to Blur, having seen them at Electric Picnic.

Asked what she tipped for Christmas No 1, she added how she had just watched the Teresa Mannion remix and said: "It should be that song!"

The multi-talented presenter has been climbing her way up the showbiz ladder for the past while, having started work with Spin 1038 as she continued to hone her craft.

And she has also been busy interviewing some Hollywood stars as part of her job on Two Tube.

Last week saw her getting the low-down in London from Cork native Cillian Murphy and Chris Hemsworth for their new movie In the Heart of the Sea.

"It's a really hard job, I know, but I said I'd do it, and Chris is actually better looking in real life than he appears in photos - as is Cillian," she said.

"The film is amazing. It's based on the story of Moby Dick, which I didn't realise was actually a true story, and it shows you what these guys had to go through when they went out whaling. It's an exploration of a lot of different themes."

The Bray native was originally a child star, having played Miley and Biddy's daughter, Denise Byrne (left), on Glenroe from when she was just three months old until the age of 13.

She went on to graduate in Irish and Archaeology from UCD before doing a course in Film and TV production.

She worked on a number of different programmes, including TG4's travel show 'O Tholg go Tolg' before landing the Two Tube gig four years ago.

She has also worked as the station's Electric Picnic reporter for two years in a row and has hosted The Meteor Awards with fellow 2fm presenter Eoghan McDermott.

Blathnaid also previously fronted The Saturday Night Takeover on Spin 1038.


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