Saturday 17 February 2018

New 2FM star Jennifer Maguire: I can’t do breakfast radio forever

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Jennifer Maguire
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NEW 2FM radio host Jennifer Maguire has admitted that she doesn't see a long-term future for herself at the helm of breakfast radio.

The Dublin funny woman was unveiled last week as the new presenter of the station’s breakfast show, alongside her Republic of Telly co-star Bernard O'Shea and radio stalwart Keith Walsh.

The trio will take over from previous host Hector O hEochagain and Jennifer said it is easy to see how the gruelling 5am starts can take their toll on presenters.

“Doing breakfast radio can be tiring, I don't think you can do it forever,” Jennifer told the Herald.

“I think it definitely takes a toll. It took a toll on Hector and other (presenters) who started out doing breakfast radio and moved on.”

But the radio and TV star said that her carefree lifestyle suits the gig, even if she will miss some midweek luxuries as a result of going to bed early.

“It depends what kind of life you have,” the 33-year-old added.

“I don't have kids at the moment. Life moves on and changes so I'm really up for it now.

“Hopefully it lasts for a few years. I don't think you can do it forever. I'd miss my glass of wine midweek.”

Jennifer was speaking at the Walkers' 'Do Us a Flavour' campaign launch alongside The Voice star Eoghan McDermott.

Last week, it was revealed that Hector had increased listenership to his 2FM breakfast slot by 12,000 in the latest radio JNLR figures.

But Jennifer , who hails from a TV background, said that she is not too concerned with the official figures and would prefer just to concentrate on doing her job.

“It's not that I don't care about the figures, but I can't focus on that and I don't want to listen to it,” she said.

“I come from the Republic of Telly and they don't even care about ratings. The producers just say, ‘we're going to make the show as good as possible because we've been on for five years, so we'll just keep going'.”

Jennifer said she feels “huge pressure” coming in as the female early morning voice on 2FM. But she revealed that the job was not handed to her on a plate.

“We had to go in and audition and do a few pilots,” she said.

Irish Independent

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