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Hi. I'm Tony Fenton
Tony Fenton is a larger than life figure. One of Ireland’s most experienced and widely liked DJs, he currently occupies the early afternoon slot on Today FM, where he attracts an impressive audience. Behind the mic, he is full of braggadocio – but off-air he is a different character entirely. So what really makes the Northside Dubliner tick?
Olaf Tyaransen, 29 Jun 2011
Jim maintains that the Americans themselves were behind the 9/11 attacks. Do you talk about that?
Not really. We do every now and again but he kinda tends to go off on one, it can be interesting and you might not agree with a lot of the stuff he’s saying, which can cause another argument or whatever. If you wanna get into another hour of that... you choose to or you choose not to. Look, I wish he’d get back into music. I think he’s far too much time on his hands. He’s telling me he’s going to get back into music soon and I hope he does.
The Corrs definitely won’t be playing the White House again.
For sure (smiles).
Are you interested in politics at all?
Nowadays perception plays a big part in politics – it’s how you look, what you have to say, what you do at the weekends. That plays a big part. I just don’t trust the Church, I don’t trust the politicians, I don’t trust the bankers. I think that’s probably spot-on for most people in Ireland these days.
Who do you trust?
I trust the doctors. I’ve got some good friends who’ve been very good to me over the last couple of years, health-wise. I do trust them. I trust the nurses and I trust the doctors. They don’t have an agenda.
What was wrong with you?
I had a malignant melanoma on my leg.
From your time in Tenerife, perhaps?
It could have started there. I had a small mole. My mother passed away of breast cancer in November, so when she passed away I noticed the mole a bit more. Maybe it was her looking down saying, “Get that sorted!” And it was maybe darker again so I went in and got it taken out. Sure enough, they found it was malignant. They went in and took a bit more out and gave me the all-clear there about two months ago. It was a very good surgeon in Vincent’s who has become a good friend of mine.
Are you scared of death?
What do you think happens after we die?
I don’t know. I have this recurring nightmare ever since I was a teenager, around 12 or 13 years of age, of dying. And all the things you wanted to do, you couldn’t. Couldn’t play football anymore, couldn’t be with your family or friends anymore, couldn’t be on the radio anymore. All those things scare the bejaysus out of me. I can’t get my head around them. I need to find some peace there somewhere.