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May 21 2016

Radio Éireann was a university of the air for me

How did Terry Wogan inaugurate young announcers? Why did the newsreader fall off the chair? What caused Larry Gogan to collapse in giggles? Irish radio is not always as serious as it has sounded.

Behind the solemn sound of serious programmes, there was hilarity and laughter. In his new one-man show, Sorry, We’re Off Air, which comes to the Town Hall this weekend, veteran broadcaster Brendan Balfe recalls personalities and eccentrics who became household names.

In his 50 years in broadcasting, Brendan worked with all the greats and his memories and anecdotes of Terry Wogan, Mike Murphy, Maurice O’Doherty, and Dermot Morgan are full of colour. He also tells of meeting famous performers like Peggy Lee and Jimi Hendrix.

Renowned for his comedy and documentary programmes, Balfe has also been a scriptwriter, producer, author, performer, and television associate, as well as winner of three International awards for radio comedy. His accounts of broadcasting legends - and their foibles - will add up to a fascinating and hugely entertaining experience.

Read the full article on the Advertiser website.

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