Happy Half-Hour – on the Western Skyline


My 30 minute Western Skyline show this morning on Wild Atlantic Waves Radio was all about Happiness:

– what is it?

– do we deserve it?

– what makes our listeners happy?

– did you know that an Irishman inspired the writers of the American Declaration of Independence?

Life, Liberty and ...
Life, Liberty and …

We had an old happy song courtesy of the Partridge Family. And there were a couple of newish happy songs – thank you Take That and yes, you’ve guessed it, Pharrell Williams!

There was an interview, vox pop, and a happy list.

Thanks to everyone who contacted us on Facebook and Twitter: you seem to be quite a happy bunch!

Flash of Happiness
Flash of Happiness

Image: from Wikimedia Creative Commons

Have a listen to the podcast below: do you agree that Happiness and Contentment are two different things?

I’d love to read your opinion, here on the website, or on the Wild Atlantic Waves Radio Facebook page.  And here’s hoping a flash of happiness flares up in your path today.


Marriage Equality & Presidents

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On the day of the Marriage Equality and Presidential referendums my colleague Julie Flavin and I visited a rural polling station to record a vox pop ‘exit poll’.

When we head off to do vox pops, we never know what we are going to get … in terms of material and/or abuse! Actually, a lot of the time people are shy. And no more so than when you are trying to find out how they have voted. So, thank you to everyone who spoke to us so freely.

But there is one voice that I cannot forget; she was the person I first thought of as the results came through the next day.

She came out of the polling station with her father (I presume) – who gestured with a wave of his arm to her that here we were … at her disposal … that she could speak out in any way she liked. And we were delighted to record her.

In fact, it was a privilege to hear this young woman – voting for the first time – for whom that day was so important.

The vox pop was first broadcast on Tuesday 26 May on Wild Atlantic Waves Radio, as part of the Midday Show during our News in Focus slot.

It was mixed down by Julie, and she did a fantastic job. The excerpt here includes intro and outro clips on either side of the vox pop: