Should it be said the newspaper-review host is the Sunday Independent’s lead columnist?

Radio: The way Brendan O’Connor talks you’d never know he’s a top writer for a paper he’s reviewing

Brendan O’Connor: in a small country, maybe there’s an assumption everyone knows who the radio host writes for

Brendan O’Connor: in a small country, maybe there’s an assumption everyone knows who the radio host writes for

“Listen,” Brendan O’Connor (RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday and Sunday) says as a tee-up to many of his questions. “Listen.” As conversational tics go, it’s probably the most appropriate colloquialism for a radio host, though it can come across as brusque rather than folksy. He’s also keen on a repeated “Yeah, yeah”, which tends to make him sound bored and keen to move on. That’s the thing when a programme’s content tips towards the dull or predictable; without engaging substance to distract you, as a listener you tend to focus on style.

On Saturday the restaurateur Richard Corrigan, who is on to talk about a month of indoor dining in London, gets the full “Yeah, yeah, I hear you,” though he has gone off on a tangent about how “spoiled millennials need a good kick in the arse by their parents” before being skilfully pulled back to talk about still-struggling restaurants and low occupancy rates in city hotels.

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