Seán McCarthy has quit Dublin’s Country 106.8FM after just two months on-air with the Bray-based station. McCarthy had been working in the 1-4pm ‘Lazy Afternoon’ weekday slot but was moved to ‘The Home Drive’ 4-7pm show today, after which he tendered his resignation – effective “immediately”.
Speaking to Radiowaves News this evening, Seán (pictured) said that he never wanted the Drivetime slot. “From the start of being offered it, I didn’t ‘want’ the Home Drive. Sure, most jocks would jump at the opportunity, but I was quite content presenting afternoons, where I had no conflicts with other broadcasting engagements. When I discovered the option to ‘remain’ on afternoons was not ‘open’ to me, I was very surprised.”
Previously working under the alias Gary Hamill, Seán’s broadcasting career spans 22 years and has seen him work for top stations such as Radio Nova, Energy 103, Q102, and 98FM here in Ireland, as well as a host of stations in the United States. In effect, he has a few ideas about what works and doesn’t work in the radio world.
Of his treatment at Dublin’s Country, he says: “None of it made much sense to me, to be honest. If you have a presenter [who is] ‘engaging’ enough for you as a station to want to move him/her to a prime-time slot like Drive, what then could he/she possibly achieve for the station on a ‘lesser-profile’ slot like the afternoon? In my experience in radio, it is the ‘weaker’ slots you focus on, and not those like Morning or Drive which already have the upper-hand, being that they are so highly listened to.”
With the recent decent rise in listenership for Dublin’s Country in the JNLR ratings, from the outset of being offered Drive Seán felt that ‘if it’s not broken, why fix it?’
“Or even: ‘if we’re doing well now, why start changing the scenario?'” He continues: “I am proud of my contribution, in such a short time, to a station with great potential, if finely ‘tuned’.”
Seán also works as a journalist, actor and voice-over artist and is credited with introducing Spin 1038’s ‘Story’ news format to the station when he worked there just before joining Dublin’s Country.