Lyric FM chopped Keogh while he toured
CIARA FERGUSON VETERAN entertainer Des Keogh might be the toast of New York's off Broadway with his sellout one-man show The Love Hungry Farmer by John B Keane (described in a recent New York Times rave review as "fiercely serious and bruisingly hilarious") but, alas, that doesn't cut any mustard with Lyric FM who has just axed his show in his absence.
Des was enjoying the first day of his well-earned holiday in Florida after his highly successful Broadway run when he received the news from the new Lyric head Aodan O Dubhghaill that his World Request Show, the Sunday afternoon programme he has hosted for four years, is facing the chop, and that this would be announced at a press conference on October 9.
Des Keogh is a well-loved radio presenter who, before joining the team at Lyric, presented Music for Middlebrows on RTE Radio 1 for over 31 years. He was said to be disappointed at the decision since he was under the impression that his radio programme was a popular one. Perhaps Aodan, who took over from Seamus Crimmins in June, is anxious to put his stamp on the ailing station. It is thought that this is just one of a number of changes planned by the new boss.