Saturday 20 January 2018

Ruth calls time on Playback

ONE of the most recognisable voices on Irish radio hung up her headphones today after 42 years at the station.

Ruth Buchanan, who gave listeners a taste of the best bits of radio every week, presented her final edition of Playback this morning.

A one-woman team, editing as well as presenting, the former Poparama presenter was asked to take over Playback for a month in 1998. Twelve years on, she is still hosting what has become one of Ireland's most radio popular programmes.

It has increased its audience by 48,000 in the latest JNLR figures to 320,000.

Buchanan, who joined RTE as a continuity announcer in 1968, revealed she had tried not to think of today as her final Playback.

"People wanted to know how I was feeling? I just worked through it as a professional broadcaster, not thinking about anything else other than the programme. That's how I dealt with the final show," she said.

She now plans to set up a company providing independent radio productions. Marian Richardson, producer-in-chief on Drivetime, is replacing her as presenter of Playback.


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