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Adored for his no-nonsense style and accused of shock jock tactics in equal measure, this year Victor Barry celebrates a decade at Red FM. The host of Cork Talks Back steps away from the mic for a chat with Craig Fitzpatrick. The topics? Exploding penises, indecent exposure – and planning to piss on the Blarney Stone with Russell Brand.
Craig Fitzpatrick, 13 Jun 2012
Any marriages saved?
No, though possibly some ruined!
Comedians in particular do seem to enjoy coming on the show.
We’ve had everyone over the years from Tommy Tiernan to Joe Rooney to Des Bishop. Some of the big American ones too, like the Michael Winslows of the world. I try and treat the comedians like everyone else, “right, let’s have a conversation, let’s have a bit of craic and see what happens.”
So how does Cork Talks Back come together?
I’m in the station between 6.30 and 7am. The bulk of the show would be produced by the team the day previous – and then there’s a show meeting. If something needs to be changed, if there’s something after breaking, all of those decisions happen then. During the actual show something else might change. I’m shouting at the producer, they’re shouting at me!
Was it difficult to adapt to the morning slot?
It was on the cards for a while. A couple of people who are paid a lot more than me said, “Let’s get the nighttime guy in the morning because we reckon he’s up for the task.” We were on at night for nearly nine years. The shift physically and mentally, when your system is used to not getting up at half-five in the morning… I spent the first couple of weeks trying to get acclimatised to it. I was tired, headachy.
You were jet-lagged without going anywhere.
Ha, yeah! Jet-lagged is a really good way of putting it.
You’ve also got a different audience to deal with.
We’ve toned back on the exploding penises and that kind of stuff.
Well, people might be having breakfast.
Absolutely, so we don’t do exploding penises stuff in the nine o’clock hour… we might do it at 11! In all seriousness, we’re still the same show in the sense where there’s still my personality coming through.There’s still a bit of fun. I suppose we’ve pared back on some subjects, revolving around the sexualisation of stuff. That said, in the 12 months we’ve been on mornings, we’ve talked about the Irish male penis and its size.