Great Face for Radio; WE REVEAL THE STARS BEHIND THE VOICES ON IRELAND'S AIRWAVES

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Great Face for Radio; WE REVEAL THE STARS BEHIND THE VOICES ON IRELAND'S AIRWAVES


Byline: FIONA WYNNE

THESE people have some of the most famous voices in the world of Irish showbiz.

Every day they entertain hundreds of thousands of devoted listeners with their quirky chat shows and news reports. But if we met them on the street most of us would walk by without a second glance.

Ireland's best known news anchors and chatshow hosts may be household names, but does anyone really know what they look like?

FIONA WYNNE chats to four of the country's top radio stars.

I don't want to give up privacy

RACHEL ENGLISH

Five Seven live, RTE

FIVE Seven Live presenter Rachel has worked in RTE for 11 years but has always managed to keep her face out of the limelight.

Rachel, 34, said: "I always knew I wanted to be a journalist so I did Communications in DCU and luckily just as I left the local stations were springing up and I got a job in Clare FM.

"I have been presenting Five Seven Live for two and a half years now.

"Before that I read the news on 2FM, I worked on Morning Ireland's foreign news desk and on the Pat Kenny Show.

"I really like radio, I want to do some more documentaries now, but any aspirations I have would be in radio."

Dubliner Rachel said she wouldn't give up her anonymity for anything.

She added: "Sometimes in a taxi the driver recognises my voice or when I am using a credit card they know the name. But very few people recognise me.

"I know a lot of people in TV and they can be quite conscious about going out and about.

"The worst thing is they have an image to uphold and feel they should and shouldn't be doing certain things.

"I wouldn't say I'd never do TV, but it depends on what the job is and I am happy enough here at the minute.

"Not getting recognised is a great advantage to radio.

"It's the job I love, not fame and publicity

AVRIL HOARE

2FM News

AVRIL'S hourly news reports mean she is a regular visitor in the nation's homes.

She has been a firm favourite at the station for the last five years.

But the 34-year-old from Coolock in North Dublin, is ready for a change.

She explained: "I am moving to News At One next week so that will be wonderful, fingers crossed.

"I loved 2FM. I always wanted to work in journalism and I am very happy in radio.

"The best thing is that it's very intimate between listener and the broadcaster.

"There are no distractions like on TV and it's a more personal medium.

"But I am looking forward to doing more reports and packages instead of just writing the bulletin and reading it out.

"Obviously people don't know what I look like but a lot of people recognise the name.

"It is an unusual name and that helps as well I suppose. When I sign credit cards some people ask me am I the one from the radio, but I don't have much interest in getting recognised.

"I am in the job because I love the work, the whole fame thing is pretty irrelevant. …

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