One of the highest paid radio DJs in Ireland, Colm Hayes has announced that he is leaving Irish broadcaster 2FM. And the money is on that his replacement is the one and only Mr. Al Porter.
Hayes feels he is too old to be playing the likes of Justin Bieber on a Saturday morning.
“I need to make a step into being a mature broadcaster. It’s gone after the younger audience and I don’t think I can be sat there playing Justin Bieber on a Saturday morning any more. I think I’m nearly old enough to be his grandfather,” he said.
Colm has recommended that Al Porter should take over from him. See this 23 year old – the youngest ever comedian to sell out Dublin’s 1500 seater Vicar Street – kill a live London audience live recently ….
Colm was more than effusive. “I would hope that Al would get his own show, yeah,” he said. “I taught Al everything he knows about radio. He’s a bright spark. People talk about chemistry and it’s something that’s so hard to put your finger on, and between me and Al, we had that. He’s also well used to the live element of performing as he has done so much stand-up over the years.”
The Tallaght born comedian already has some radio experience having previously worked on the weekend show with Colm himself plus guested on Comedy Showhouse’s forthcoming panel series DON’T QUOTE ME! with Sean Hughes, Fiona Looney & Andrew Maxwell set for TX Friday August 27th at 6pm on RTE Radio 1.
Al has confirmed that he is in negotiations with 2fm and is on the verge of signing the contract.
If Al was to present his own daily primetime live radio show it could shake things in Ireland’s national ‘pop’ radio station and help attract a younger audience. What happens if it does happen and works is bound to have an affect all over Irish radio as maybe at last then the penny will really drop – that just with TV shows – comedy bones work!! Remember TV successes Terry Wogan, Dara O’Briain, James Corden, Graham Norton, Gay Byrne, Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart etc – that if you have a good instinct for comedy and appreciate what is funny and are also curious about people and the world around you are on the way to pleasing an audience that thinks the same.
Now it’s the turn of Irish radio ? Go Al Go! …. and the rest will follow.
Al Porter stormed live at the Vodafone Comedy Festival at the Iveagh Gardens (full programme on the Event page) and last night received a standing ovation for a brilliant 20 minutes. If you are that way the most exciting Irish comedy talent of 2016 is performing a full hour long show at the Edinburgh Fringe all through August.