Chris Cary, a man who revolutionised the Irish radio scene, at last has a tribute site on the world wide web. chriscary.com is the brainchild of Sybil Fennell, the voice of Nova news!
ChrisCary.com’s contents have disappeared to be replaced by the message “This site is currently under construction…July 2000”. Last week a message appeared stating that Chris was no longer at The Verne (prison where he was serving his sentence) with no clue given as to his whereabouts. Whilst serving his time he was learning website design. Interesting conclusions could be drawn from the latest change to the website!
Chris Cary has had a severe stroke and is presently in hospital in the Isle of Wight. The incident happened over three weeks ago but the chriscary.com site was updated today for the first time since it happened. Chris’ application for parole was also heard last Wednesday but failed.
Letters of sympathy or get well cards can be sent to Chris via:- Saint Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst Rd, Isle of Wight, England
Chris Cary has been moved from his hospital bed on the Isle of Wight to Parkhurst prison on the island. In an update to the Chris Cary website this week, Sybil Fennell says that Chris is still not very well but he can walk again with the aid of a walking stick and has no use of his left hand. Chris is best known in Ireland for setting up Radio Nova in the early eighties.
Comment: Returning the man to prison seems very harsh…
Former Nova boss Chris Cary is still rehabilitating slowly following his stroke, according to chriscary.com. The second update to the website this week comes in the form of a job application which mentions that Chris will be released in March next year and wants to return to broadcasting – his major passion in life.
In the update, his partner Sybil Fennell says that: “…radio has always been his first love and I can think of no better way to help him to readjust to life than to encourage him to immerse himself in something that comes naturally to him.”
Suggestions and work offers are welcomed at email@example.com.
The earlier update this week was a thank you to all those who had sent messages of support.
Comment: What better way for Mr Cary to rehabilitate himself. Again…get well asap.
Chris Cary has announced that RTÉ have turned down his proposal to relaunch Radio Nova on their 252 long wave frequency.
Speaking today, he says: “At last a response and it’s a resounding ‘no’! It clearly is 40 years too late.”
Explaining why he thinks he was turned down, he says: “20 Years ago I severely embarrassed RTÉ and 20 years later they will not let it happen again.”
Cary revealed that he was ready to pump £5m into the project and had already got the station’s schedule in mind.
Chris Cary has revealed that he plans to apply for one of the new Dublin licences which will be announced next year. He will be presenting the case for a format of ‘Hits, favourites, and comedy’ and says that the proposed station would also run a Radio Training Academy to develop new talent.
Cary operated the extremely successful 80s pirate Radio Nova, but failed when bidding for the national licence that was offered in 1989. He also negotiated with RTÉ for the use of the long wave 252 transmitter, but was ultimately rejected.
He says: “This time it should be a level playing field – as we now understand why we were never seriously in contention for the National Licence! The fierce competition in Dublin will be something to be reckoned with. But a challenge is always a positive thing. Maybe the Radio Nova audience has grown up and matured, but maybe we can give them back what they had in the ’80s. Only this time, legally. It’s now in the lap of the Gods.”
Former talk-show king Chris Barry is back in Ireland following a period in Spain and has teamed up with former Radio Nova colleagues Gary Hamill (Seán McCarthy) and Bob Gallico in a new Irish voiceover venture IrishVox.com.
Of his participation in this new global venture, the controversial radio presenter says: “I’m excited about IrishVox. It’s ‘back to the future’ for me, and fabulous to be working in a creative way with some of the best in the business.”
The web-based company will market themselves in a unique way – from the moon! Radiowaves News posed the question “Why a studio on the Moon?” to the site’s designers.
Their reply: “It’s got to be the kick-ass sound proofing up there!”
Legendary radio presenter Bob Gallico, who currently co-presents the First Up Breakfast Show on 106.8FM Dublin’s Country, says: “This is an engaging venture. I’ve been contributing, amidst a busy schedule, to this concept since Seán first approached me on it. There’s a certain creative spirit I enjoy, either as an actor on set, a presenter on-air, or when I’m delivering a VO in-studio. I believe we have captured that spirit on this endeavour. You could say that IrishVox.com is ‘The Final Frontier!”
Originally a one-man band website featuring the sole voiceover talents of broadcaster Seán McCarthy – who has appeared on Radio Nova, Q102, 98FM, Spin 1038 and Dublin’s Country – the new and ‘revamped’ IrishVox.com will feature an initial line-up of Seán, Chris and Bob, and will also include Cathy Cregan and Emma McIvor.
IrishVox.com will launch at Christmas and is to be followed in hot pursuit by an early Spring launch of a sister satellite site called IVOT – or Irish Voiceover Talent.com -which will apparently orbit the Moon in ‘unison’ with IrishVox.com. It will feature the confirmed additional voiceover talents of 2FM’s new signing Nikki Hayes, Spin 1038’s Steve K & James Davids, and 106.8FM Dublin’s Country presenter Lynsey Dolan.