George Hook: “my plan is to write a trilogy.”  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ever since he announced his intention to retire from radio, George Hook has been vague about the exact date he plans to depart, much to the confusion (...)

Technical turmoil yields an unintentionally classic edition of ‘Liveline’, but also allows Joe Duffy to remind listeners of his professionalism. Photograph: Alan Betson

Odd as it might seem for a boy from Ballyfermot to evoke comparisons with the poet laureate of British imperial ardour, there really are times when Jo(...)

John Murray talked to Margaret, a Cork native whose massive shoe collection inevitably prompts the host to dub her ‘the Imelda Marcos of Ireland’

It’s official: after years of hardship, Ireland is in full recovery. Until recently, the evidence has been mildly encouraging, at least if one goes(...)

Abducted: April Jones, whose parents, Coral and Mark, told Ryan Tubridy about their ordeal. Photograph: Dyfed-Powys Police/PA Wire

Stalin’s adage about one death being a tragedy but a million being a statistic may be callous, but when it comes to the intimately scaled medium of(...)

Dropping the ball: Brendan O’Connor

Listeners tuning into Brendan O’Connor’s first day as stand-in host of The John Murray Show (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) will not be surprised by what t(...)

Norman Tebbit: Miriam O’Callaghan’s open-ended approach allows glimpses of the person beneath the steely exterior and apparently unfeeling monotone

Politicians have underestimated it, artists have been beguiled by it, A-listers charmed and D-listers flattered. But after years of luring unsuspec(...)

Standout: Joe Brolly is a spiky guest on Ray D’Arcy’s show, forthright in his opinions about the GAA while starkly honest about donating a kidney to a friend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seasoned pro that he is, Ray D’Arcy knows that no matter how long you’ve been broadcasting, you still have room to improve. Even so, as he has been en(...)

More than 500 people responded to Today FM’s “Wanted: The new voice of a nation” advertisement, which it ran in newspapers in December shortly after R(...)

Ray D’Arcy: any qualms that he might steer clear of contentious issues are dispelled on his second day

Hosting the afternoon slot on the nation’s biggest radio station may be a new start for Ray D’Arcy, but, less than a week in, he is slipping into o(...)

Slipping into his new role: Anton Savage. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Faced with the daunting task of filling the crucial morning slot left by the departing Ray D’Arcy, Anton Savage must have anticipated some pressure(...)