5 on Friday: Radio’s rising stars

05.02.16 Radio, 5 on Friday, rising stars, JNLR

We look at the movers and shakers of Irish radio in this week’s 5 on Friday feature.

Here are five of Ireland’s brightest radio stars:

Alistair McConnell – Researcher, RTÉ Radio One

Former editor of DIT’s student newspaper, The Edition, Alistair McConnell is now a researcher for Today with Sean O’Rourke.

The show has attracted 3,000 new listeners since last quarter and 33,000 year-on-year. It now has 331,000 listeners.

Alistair has worked at RTÉ since 2014, having previously worked on Liveline.

He was also an editorial assistant at Village magazine, reported for the Derry Journal and was a legal researcher at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated with a BA in Law. He completed his MA in Journalism at DIT in 2013.

Alistair was named editor of the year in the 2014 National Student Media Awards.

Follow Alistair on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Louise McSharry – Presenter, 2fm

Having returned to work in April 2015 after receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Louise McSharry was 2fm’s best performer in the latest JNLR survey, recording a rise of 3,000 listeners since last quarter, now at 19,000.

Her RTÉ Two documentary, F**k Cancer, attracted huge views. Audiences praised Louise for her honest account of dealing with cancer and chemotherapy, all the while preparing for her wedding day.

Find Louise on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Carl Mullan – Digital, RTÉ

Carl works on the production side of RTÉ Radio’s digital output, as well as 2fm and Radio One, making cameo appearances on air and online.

He presents 2XM’s Collective show, broadcast Tuesdays at 8pm.

Carl joined RTÉ in 2013 as a researcher for Ryan Tubridy’s show. He previously worked as a sound recordist for Mixed Bag Media.

Follow Carl on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Joe Coffey – Researcher, Newstalk

Joe Coffey has worked as a researcher and online journalist for Newstalk since 2011.

He developed Team 33, Newstalk’s football magazine show. He also works as a sports journalist for the Western People.

He holds an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University, a diploma in Sports Journalism from Dublin Business School and a BA in Commerce and French from NUI Galway.

Follow Joe on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Caroline Dalton – Producer, Newstalk

Caroline Dalton is currently an assistant producer on the Newstalk Breakfast.

She produced the radio documentary Radharc Luimní: Scéal Phatsy agus Jim.

She joined the station in 2009, working for three years as a sound engineer and broadcast assistant.

Caroline is a graduate of UCC, where she completed a BA in Irish and English and a Master of Science in Interactive Media. She also has a diploma in Léirú Teilifíse from Waterford Institute of Technology.

Follow Caroline on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

Conor – @conorcmahon