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    The John Murray Show Thursday 20 June 2013


    The John Murray Show

    A lively mix of topical stories, human interest and lifestyle features with Miriam O'Callaghan


    James Gandolfini Dies Suddenly

    James Gandolfini (or Tony Soprano of The Sopranos) died suddenly in Rome.  Kevin Barry, author and recent winner of the Impac Award, and writer and broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson talk to Miriam about the impact he made on them as Tony Soprano. 

    The series of The Sopranos was voted the best-written TV series of all time by the Writers' Guild of America just earlier this month.


    Gavin James in Studio

    Musician Gavin James has been described thus: “His voice is absolutely astounding”… “….that falsetto just dazzles”… “….possesses the power to hush a room purely with the sound of his voice”.

    His "Say Hello" EP was released on Nov 2nd and entered the Irish iTunes album chart at No.1! "Say Hello" continues to climb the Irish radio charts top 30 making him the most played new Irish artist on Irish radio.

    His record deal was signed on his 21st Birthday. In the spring of 2012, Gavin was invited to perform at this year's Worldwide Radio Summit in L.A., which ultimately led to him signing his record deal with Believe Recordings.

    You can see Gavin James on Friday the 28th at the Navan Spiegel Tent… ;   Saturday 29th at Westport Festival…;   and Sunday 30th at Daytripper Festival Waterford.



    'Personal Growth Mentor' Moira Geary tells Miriam about the most common phobias we have and what causes them. She says the most common ones are public speaking, flying, driving, water, animals, and spiders.

    Emma Power of RTÉ Junior Radio says she has a phobia of stickers and wants to get sick if anyone puts one on her.  She thinks it goes back to when she was a child and saw an ad where a little Jack Russell was covered in stickers and one was being peeled off and she thought it was the most disgusting thing she had ever seen.

    Moira says practically all phobias can be cured, that they were mostly learned in a split second by a feeling of not being in control and so can be fixed in a very short space of time.


    Imelda May

    Imelda May is back gigging after the birth of her daughter, Violet.  She intends bringing eight month old Violet with her as her husband and guitar player Darrel Higham is always with them.  She is delighted to be back on the road. She spoke to Miriam

    She is playing support to Bruce Springsteen in Kilkenny next month and is the headline act at the Kilruddery Groove Festival on Sunday, July 7th. For details see

    “John Murray Show / Saturday Night Show Emerging Music Competition"


    1. Talent must be emerging rather than established. Open to those who have not received considerable air-play and/or exposure. Entrants must also normally be resident in the 32 counties.

    2. It is open to all musical genres like punk, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, country, electronic, compositional etc.

    3. A backline and sound engineer will be provided by the Saturday Night Show on the night of the winning performance, May 30, but the winning act will provide their own instruments and drum kit. The winning act will look after their own expenses on the night of the Saturday Night Show performance.

    4. The act must be available to perform on the John Murray Show on Friday, May 29th and on the Saturday Night Show on Saturday, May 30th. 


    5. How do I enter? 
    All entries are by email only and should be sent to  

    6. What should my entry include?
    Your email should include a short description (maximum 100 words) of the musician or band, a contact mobile phone number and ONE audio file attachment. The audio filename should contain the band/musician name and composition title. The entry should also include a photo of act of approximately 1Mb. 

    Only original work will be considered – no covers or samples. Due to a high volume of entries we cannot give individual feedback on music received.

    7. Which type audio files should I send? 
    Audio files must be sent in high-quality audio, preferably stereo and of as high a production standard as possible as this track is what will be played on the John Murray Show on RTE Radio One. MP3 (192kbps or higher) files only will be accepted. No other file types should be entered as they will not be accepted. Tracks should be no longer than 3’30” in duration.

    8. Can I enter more than once? 
    No. One entry is sufficient.

    9. Deadline for submission? 
    Get your music in ASAP.  Deadline for submissions is 12 noon, Friday, May 8th.

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