Friday 28 October 2016

Paula McSweeney: I love my new Today FM slot - even the early mornings

Paula McSweeney
Paula McSweeney

It's been a busy week for me - I started on Early Breakfast on Today FM and I'm loving it. I'm on air from 5am and I'm actually finding it easy to get up so early (my alarm goes off at 3.40am).

When I'm leaving the house it's warm so I can skip into our offices in my flip-flops and the sun comes up soon after.

It's actually a really gorgeous part of the day - but ask me in January how I'm coping and it may be a different story

Early mornings have never been a problem for me, I really enjoy them.

I started working on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show in October 2012 and it wasn't too difficult to adjust my body clock to the new routine. Even at weekends, I find myself up and about by around 8am - I can't seem to sleep in.

One of the biggest things I feared about working so early was being bored during the day.

I started up a boxing class a couple of months ago called Underground Boxing so I do that a few times a week and I absolutely love it.

I'm also determined not to miss out on too much evening and night stuff because of my hours, so if there's an event or a gig, I'll go ... but I'll be home early.


Ian has taught me so much about the business

Along with the Early Breakfast, I'm still doing showbiz on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show.  I love it so much - Ian is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, and he's taught me a lot.

When I was offered Early Breakfast, there was never a question of not continuing my showbiz slot with Ian, and that was really important to me.

I always reckon that when I'm old and wrinkly, I'll look back and say 'that was the time of my life'.

My first ever interview in showbiz was with Jon Bon Jovi and I hadn't a clue what I was doing.


Thankfully, he was really lovely, and he even let me run my hands through his hair - it was a surreal moment.

The interview I most enjoyed doing was Lily Allen.

It certainly wasn't my best because I'm such a massive Lily fan that I was shaking with nerves, but she was so nice.

I had to go heavy on the editing after we recorded it to cut out all my nervous laughing, but getting to meet her was definitely a highlight for me.


It was great soaking up the sun on holiday

It's not all work thankfully - I'm just back from a holiday to Spain.

My parents have a little house out there, so I spent five days taking it easy in the sun.

It was a really quiet holiday, I was on the beach all day and then spent the evenings with my mam and dad.

I'm one of eight children, so having them to myself was really weird, but it was great to catch up with them.

I've a few other things planned for the summer as well.

I'm not a massive festival-goer, but Forbidden Fruit and Electric Picnic seem to be the ones I go to every year.

Forbidden Fruit was great fun this year, it always kicks off festival season nicely and a lovely little bonus is that you get to go home to your own bed at the end of the day.

Electric Picnic is also great and it's a nice way to close festival season.

Last year, myself and Ed Smith did two shows live from it and we had a blast.

Plus, there was a great crowd from Today FM there - we're all good mates and weekends like that make me realise how lucky we all are.

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