I went to Pearse College in Crumlin, South Dublin, as a mature student in media production and soon found that radio had become my favourite module.
One of my early projects was a documentary on Dave Murphy's "Singer / Songwriter Night",which took place, every Tuesday night, in Wicklow Street's International Bar. He encouraged me to start giving performances of my poetry and honoured me with "resident poet" status. I found these talented young musicians to be inspirational and formed a production team with the intention of recording as many of these aspiring musicians as possible.
"On the Verge" was first broadcast as part of the schedule put together by media students at Pearse College during February 1995.
Among those who ended up getting their songs on air for the first time were Paddy Casey, Damien Dempsey, Nina Hynes and Mundy.
I joined Dublin South Community Radio (Now D.S.F.M.) in 1996 and convinced the station to find a slot for "On the Verge", a programme, which concentrates on unearthing local talent and helping them up those first few steps in the business.
Since 1996 I have acted as Journalist, Head of News, Programme Controller and Station Manager at DSFM. I have also acted as campaign co-ordinator, and been responsible for "Millenium Award" Programmes, The Euro Changeover Campaign, the Anti-Racism Awareness Campaigns and various fund raising events.
Over the years, the On The Verge team has also been responsible for staging regular music nights to showcase these artists.
These took place at venues including Whelan's, JJ Smyth's, The Mezz, The Hub, The Lower Deck, MB Slattery's, Season's, Sin É and Thomas Read's.
After celebrating the "On The Verge" radio show's fifteenth year on air, I decided that it should be wound up. I had a number of reasons. 15 years is a suitable anniversary (the next would have had to be 20) My soundman sidekick Beuno had earned his own show and he and Conor now continue in the oTv tradition with "Little Acorns" in the same slot on Thursdays (8 -9pm) The chance to do an as gaeilge programme along oTv lines was a challenge that I decided to accept and now "Idir Linn" has consumed the time I made for myself. Finally, the positive reaction and resulting gigs, on the release of "Vergions", encouraged me to put the time required into producing another album.(released end 2012)
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PRESENT ON THE VERGE CREW AND CONTRIBUTORS :
Event Management, P.R., Sound Editing, Website Maintenance: Brendan
FORMER oTv CREW MEMBERS
Sound Engineer/ Live Radio Recording /Stage Sound Beuno
Photography. Sound Production: Ger Foley-Arguello
Research, Reviews: Fiona Reid
Sound Engineers (Archives) : Paul Lynch, Donal Donavan, Karl Odlum,
Derek Berrill, Sarah Boland.