This much I know: Fergal D’Arcy, radio presenter

I’m a very positive thinker. It’s the only way to survive in this industry.

I’m not sure if I was an overly confident child, but I’ve always loved talking to people, ever since I was very small.

I certainly had a great imagination. One of my first memories is recording my voice into a Fisher Price tape recorder. 

I was always a hard worker. I was never a really brainy kid. My sister was brainier. The funny thing was that I would try so hard and could never understand why I didn’t ace all my tests.

I grew up in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, and left home to study journalism at Dublin Institute of Technology. Then I worked in Clare FM. I made the move from iRadio to Today FM last October. 

Originally, an evening host, I recently made the big move to afternoons. My dream was always to work in Today FM. And now I’m doing it! It’s great to be living back in Dublin again.

I work around the clock, day and night. I’m a lark and an owl. I have no proper work/life balance. I burn the midnight oil. I burn the candle at both ends.

I believe in fate, absolutely. I have a tattoo with the words ‘all our dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them’, in Walt Disney script from elbow to wrist.

My dad was an engineer and my mother was a nurse. So I like to think that I got the skills I need for working in radio from both of them — the being good with people bit from my mum and the being good with mechanics bit from my dad.

I started working in radio 12 years ago. At first, I loved making features and radio documentaries, until I realised that my true idea of bliss was being on air.

I lost my dad when I was 15. Since then I’ve been a bit of an à la carte Catholic. I do believe there is someone up there though, always, keeping an eye on us.

I like to think I look at everything constructively. There are problem solvers and problem people in this world. I have always wanted to be a problem solver.

My favourite saying in times of stress is “I didn’t come this far just to come this far”.

My biggest challenge has been choosing my career over aspects of my personal life. I’ve made an awful lot of sacrifices for my career, not that I have many regrets. That’s life.

It does take time to develop your own persona on air, to be yourself. 

If you were to start working on radio in the morning my advice would be to get a teddy bear and stick the name ‘you’ on it and keep addressing it all the time, as if it was a real person, until you get used to the idea of really communicating with your listeners.

I’m very passionate when it comes to the music I play. My old evening show was three hours long and allowed me to play lots of avant garde stuff. 

My new afternoon show is different, but I spend an hour a day with the head of music, Brian Adams, deciding on what’s the best order in which to play the tracks that are chosen so that if you’ve tuned in you are not going to switch off.

I’m a bit of a foodie. I find cooking and enjoying meals in good company to be very therapeutic.

I like to keep fit. I seem to have a lot of energy all the time.

If I won the Lotto tomorrow I’d probably give it all back or give it to someone who really needs it.

Or, hang on, maybe I’d keep some of it and pump the money back into work, by placing strategic advertisements everywhere for my new show.

My biggest fear? None. Well, okay, maybe spiders. 

If life has taught me anything so far it is that things can change rapidly. And, when that change comes, you had best be ready for it.

At the moment, I am single. Absolutely. I’m Today FM’s most eligible bachelor.

  • Catch Fergal D’arcy weekdays from 2.30pm-4.30pm on Today FM


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