Monday 17 December 2018

Our radio stations are Prone to a little too much Terry

Is there any show that Terry Prone doesn't regularly appear on? Because it seems like she's on Irish radio roughly -- and I stress roughly; this isn't scientific -- 98.5 per cent of the time.

I thought I heard her talking to Sarah Carey on Talking Point (Newstalk) last Saturday. And I'm sure she contributed to Today with Pat Kenny (Radio 1) the day before that. And I could have sworn I heard her, on various other programmes, across different stations, for the last 15 years or so.

This is not a diatribe against Ms Prone, but a warning about over-exposure.

For me, someone's efficacy as a pundit is lessened when they're on too many shows, talking about a too-wide variety of subjects.

Terry is one of the most over-exposed of the commentariat -- to compound matters, she is also often seen on TV and writes columns for more than one newspaper -- but in fairness, she's not the only one. I suppose I'm asking for more variety in personnel. And okay, yes, less Terry.

So, we're going to Poland and Ukraine for the 2012 European soccer thingie.

I'm pretty certain we'll be teeth-grindingly annoyed by all the hype, oh, by about February. But for now, let's enjoy it and tip the hat in recognition to a very enjoyable slot on Monday's John Murray Show.

Their researcher and contributor, Zbyszek Zalinski, is, as you might guess from the name, Polish. He gave an enlightening insight into the relationship between his country and their neighbours and co-hosts.

I never knew that Poland and Ukraine had such close ties: historical, social, cultural.

Probably, in some dusty corner of the brain, I remembered they shared a border; but we tend to think of Poland as being intrinsically "western", and Ukraine as eastern.

According to Zbyszek, so do a lot of Poles. Interestingly, his own family roots lie in a town, Lviv, now in Ukraine, but once part of Poland. Maybe he has conflicted loyalties, though it didn't sound like it . . .

Zbyszek also made the clever suggestion that, given the huge numbers of Polish living here, Irish football fans should try to arrange free accommodation for the tournament.

And why not? More money for Il Trap T-shirts, the new national saint.

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