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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Marty reveals radio tricks to OAPs

Lyric FM presenters Marty Whelan, Eamonn Lenihan and Lorcan Murray dropped in on senior citizens in Dublin to reveal a few tricks of the radio trade.

Members of the Liberties' senior citizens group gathered for a demonstration on how radio shows are put together at St Andrew's Resource Centre on Pearse Street on Thursday.

Lorcan, who presents Lorcan Murray's Weekend Drive, and colleagues Marty Whelan and Eamonn Lenihan were on hand to answer questions about radio from the senior citizens.

Lorcan told the Herald that the visit was part of RTE's educational outreach programme. "What we did was we brought a mobile studio with us," he said.

He explained that the outreach programme has already visited post-primary schools, and is assisting transition year students in particular. It was also demonstrated at the National Ploughing Championships.

"We bring the mobile studio in, and run through the equipment and what it takes to make a radio programme.

"Then they are split into groups, and each group has a producer and a presenter. Then we then instruct them on their roles. Then we let them make a five or ten-minute show," he said.

"It's where we turn the tables," said Lorcan who said no matter what the age, participants are excited to take part.

"They get an idea of what it is to do live radio," he said.

Meanwhile, event organiser Tony Byrne said that he was very grateful to Lorcan and Eamonn for giving up their time.

"They came up from Limerick to do this, and brought up the equipment to show the senior citizens how radio works," he said.

fdillon@herald.ie

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