Alan Corcoran

Alan’s interests and hobbies are as diverse as his programme! He is an avid fan of anything sporting with a particular love for hurling and football.  He is a familiar figure jogging around his home town, Wexford in training for mini/ half or full marathons.

He is passionate about theatre, musicals and live performances generally. He has starred, produced and directed many shows over his long career but counts his radio work as his biggest hobby.

He loves the eclectic nature of his programme- it is different from day to day driven by what is happening locally, nationally and internationally.  He is often spotted out and about the streets of County Wexford getting the views of the people that matter most, the listeners. Alan enjoys nothing better than a good head to head with a politician. Whether they are local or national he voices the concerns of the listeners in the questions posed.

His broadcasting career commenced on Hospital Radio Wexford.  He has worked with local and national radio stations throughout his career. The morning programme was rebranded as the South East Radio Morning Mix, Chat, News and Your Views in August 2009 with Alan at the helm.

Seldom star struck, his interview with Johnny Cash and drummer Scott Gorhan from Thin Lizzy left him mesmerised. Alan is married to Ann Marie and has 2 children and together they are the apples of his eye!

 

More insights from Alan in the following Q&A:

Who has been the biggest influence in your life to date ?

There are 4 { 3 of whom have sadly passed on} Kevin Doyle a member of the Wexford Lions club who taught me the sense of Community, Austin Channing Journalist who was a great motivator, Bill O Donovan Radio Producer who had  a wealth of experience and my Father who was my greatest influence in every way.

Who would you most like to emulate and why?

I admire Terry Wogan for his achievements  in broadcasting as an Irish man who made the breakthrough.

If you weren’t  a radio presenter what else would you be?

Working in HR  { Human resource management} or PR   { Public relations}

If you have children what are the 3 things you would like them to learn from you?

Fair play, determination, be your own person.

If you could choose from anyone alive or dead  who would you choose to be your dinner guests and why ?

ELVIS PRESLEY, PHIL LYNOTT, DIEGO MARADONNA, MICHAEL COLLINS , DE VALERA, WINSTON CHURCHILL AND CHARLIE HAUGHEY  .. I reckon that would lead to a healthy dinner time discussion.

What one thing that you have achieved that you are most proud of and why?

Our programmes PPI Award for best current affairs programme last year because I believe in team work and it shows what team work can achieve and I was proud to be part of the team and when Michael, Jim and I collected the trophy it was the proudest moment.

Of all the places you visited in Ireland and overseas which one has left a lasting memory and why?

Sneem in County Kerry ..is my favourite spot to visit  .. The scenery, the people, the food … Magic

What one thing is likely to bring a tear to your eye and why ?

The joy of victory or the pain of defeat !

Are you clean and tidy around the house?

Average … could be tidier.

Are you a good cook?

I cook a mean “Hairy breakfast” Sausages, rashers, pudding, the lot { all Wexford Produce of course}

What one thing would surprise people to know about you?

I was very nearly a member of An Garda Siochana { but changed my mind at  the last moment  .. a lucky let off for the force}

South East Radio’s Morning Mix, with Alan Corcoran

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