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    Ireland’s first official national pop radio station (RTÉ 2fm) was launched in the summer of ’79 with Dave presenting a rock show every evening. Dave was seen by the music industry as Ireland’s answer to John Peel, the legendary BBC Radio One presenter.

    His first radio session on RTÉ 2fm was with U2 who were then a young Dublin band. His connection to the band continues today - U2 gives Dave the world exclusive play on all U2 releases.
     

    Dave has fronted more than twenty television programmes ranging from arts, culture and quiz shows to political documentaries. In the nineties he presented, researched and wrote up to 400 movie review programmes for RTE TV, travelling regularly to America and beyond for one-on-one interviews with the stars (Tom Cruise,Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Pierce Brosnan, Denis Quaid, Nicholas Cage, Robert Redford, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Madonna, J-Lo, Uma Thurman, George Clooney, Kate Winslet, Kevin Spacey, Susan Sarandon, Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves, Robert De Niro, Antonio Banderas, Stephen Segal, Sylvester Stallone, Julianne Moore, Robin Williams, Holly Hunter, Sandra Bullock, Liam Neeson, Scarlett Johanssen, Cate Blanchette, John Hurt, Brendan Gleeson, Oprah Winfrey, Melanie Griffith, Gabriel Byrne, Angelina Jolie, John Malcovich, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito, Christina Ricci, Anthony Hopkins and many more including directors from Robert Altman to Stephen Spielberg. This year? From Daniel Craig to Quentin Tarantino).

    In music, he has interviewed well over 500 bands and artists including Eminem, Pet Shop Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Jon Bon Jovi, The Killers, Billy Joel, PJ Harvey, Flaming Lips, New York Dolls, Elbow, Paul Weller, Ryan Adams, Iggy Pop, Oasis, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Robbie Williams, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Ashcroft, Moby, U2, Air, Morrissey, Eels, Def Leppard, Elvis Costello, The Corrs, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fatboy Slim, Garbage, Blur, Alanis Morrissette, Metallica, Kylie Minogue, Tori Amos, Lenny Kravitz, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Kirsty McColl, ACDC, Cliff Richard, Nick Cave, Garth Brooks, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, Dave Matthews, Beyonce and many more. Other interviews include Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Robert Plant, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and numerous bands and acts at different times over their career. AND he met Bob Marley!
     

    For over twenty years he won the Best DJ award in the Hot Press Reader’s Poll (including 2013), he’s a three times winner of the Best DJ at the Meteor Music Awards and was granted the Industry Award in 2004 and collected a PPI Award in 2011 and on Virgin Radio in London he won one ‘for his outstanding contribution to radio’. In The UK he was a member of the Mercury Music Prize team for its first three years.


    In ’08 Dave was asked by Harper-Collins in London to write his autobiography. With a foreword written by Bono, The Thing is…’ was published in 2010.

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Breathe
      Performer(s): U2
      Performer(s): U2
      Album: No Line On the Horizon
      Duration: 5:11
    • Title: Basic Space
      Composer: Not Available
      Performer(s): The Xx
      Performer(s): The Xx
      Album: xx (Bonus Track Version), Young Turks, YT031P
      Duration: 3:07
    • Title: Heart Shaped Box
      Composer: Cobain
      Performer(s): Nirvana
      Performer(s): Nirvana
      Album: Nirvana, Geffen, 4935232
      Duration: 4:37
    • Title: A Life Less Ordinary
      Composer: Wheeler
      Performer(s): Ash
      Performer(s): Ash
      Album: Intergalactic Sonic 7's, Infectious Records, INFEC120CDP
      Duration: 4:15
    • Title: Believer
      Composer: Minutes
      Performer(s): The Minutes
      Performer(s): The Minutes
      Album: Marcata(promo), Model Citizen, PROMO
      Duration: 3:02
    • Title: Old Joy
      Composer: Fink
      Performer(s): Noah And The Whale
      Performer(s): Noah And The Whale
      Album: Last Night On Earth, Mercury, 2760096
      Duration: 3:28
    • Title: Sea Of Joy
      Composer: Winwood
      Performer(s): Blind Faith
      Performer(s): Blind Faith
      Album: Blind Faith, Polydor, 5495292
      Duration: 5:20
    • Title: Bizness
      Composer: Garbus
      Performer(s): Tune Yards
      Performer(s): Tune Yards
      Album: Whokill(promo), 4ad, PROMO
      Duration: 4:19
    • Title: A Song That Hurts
      Composer: Friday/Macken
      Performer(s): Gavin Friday
      Performer(s): Gavin Friday
      Album: Catholic, Rubyworks
      Duration: 5:27
    • Title: On A Sunlit Stage
      Composer: O'Brien
      Performer(s): Villagers
      Performer(s): Villagers
      Album: Becoming a Jackal, Domino
      Duration: 3:39
    • Title: Queenie Eye
      Performer(s): Paul Mccartney
      Performer(s): Paul Mccartney
      Album: NEW (Deluxe Edition)
      Duration: 3:58
    • Title: The Meaning Of The Ritual
      Performer(s): Villagers
      Performer(s): Villagers
      Album: Becoming a Jackal, Domino, WIGCD253P
      Duration: 4:31
    • Title: Becoming A Jackal
      Performer(s): Villagers
      Performer(s): Villagers
      Album: Becoming a Jackal, Domino, WIGCD253P
      Duration: 3:33
    • Title: Chicago
      Performer(s): Sufjan Stevens
      Performer(s): Sufjan Stevens
      Album: Little Miss Sunshine (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
      Duration: 6:18

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