Saturday 25 November 2017

Rick O'Shea's relief after 2fm shake-up

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Rick O' Shea: "It was terrifying, but thankfully I was left alone."

Eimear Rabbitte

HE is one of the few survivors of 2fm's massive schedule shake-up and radio host Rick O'Shea has said that he was "very relieved" to be left alone.

The 2fm stalwart saw the vast majority of his friends and colleagues moved around in the upheaval by new station boss Dan Healy.

O'Shea said that staff were made aware of the rampant changes well in advance of confirmation.

"It was terrifying, but thankfully I was left alone," the Dubliner told the Herald.

"I see that as a good thing -- no presenter is ever nervous about the fact that they are not being moved.

"You just go, 'ok, I am being left the way I am, let's just continue on'.

"I think the show is obviously working and viewers seem to be enjoying it so that's the main thing," added the 40-year-old.

O'Shea's frank comments come in the same week that head of 2fm radio Dan Healy said that he had to "destroy" the station in order to return it to its "glory days".

Healy was appointed as head of 2fm in April 2013 and over the past eight months the station has launched several new shows, including Breakfast Republic, The Nicky Byrne Show, The Early Early Breakfast Show and Bottom of the Barrel.

Rick O'Shea in the Afternoon with Michael Cahill, was left untouched and now sits in between the three hour-long Nicky Byrne Show and Drive By with Colm Hayes.

Despite the changes, O'Shea described the current 2fm team as a "happy ship" and said that ex-Westlife star Byrne's light-hearted show is a great introduction into his daily show.

O'Shea also revealed that despite their departures to weekend radio, he still sees plenty of his old pals, 2fm legends Larry Gogan and Dave Fanning.

"Both of them still have desks right beside me so it doesn't feel like that much has changed, which is great," explained O'Shea.


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