Sunday, November 05, 2006

Women Today



This picture was taken in Studio 1 during a Women Today election debate in 1981. Gerry Fitzgerald was the sound engineer; Brendan McCarthy, the producer; Phil Crotty (left), then a researcher; and Patricia Murphy (back to camera), then Women Today's broadcasting assistant.

That programme was very much Doireann's idea. My contribution was one of deception. RTE left to itself would not have allowed an audience show on the floor of Studio 1, and we were only day or two from transmission when reality dawned that this was what we intended. By then it would have been embarrassing to stop the programme in its tracks - so it went ahead. It was during this broadcast that a lesbian protestor heckled the panel; the effect was rather lost on listeners because Gerry Fitzgerald, the engineer (and whose forte was radio drama), simply faded her out.

4 comments:

tony fitzgerald said...

I just happened to be surfing and I found this photo of my father, Gerry FitzGerald, at work. He is still alive and lives in Dublin and has a magnificent audio archive of original recordings and memories of the early days of RTE. Thanks for the memories Tony FitzGerald,

Póló said...

Didn't Gerry have a studio of his own in Rathfarnham or thereabouts in the old days?

tony fitzgerald said...

He had a garage studio in Crannagh Park, Rathfarnham. He recorded a lot of well known artists of the 60's and 70's, like Dickie Rock, Bunny Carr who did the sponsored programmes heard at lunch hour on RTE radio.He still has all the equipment and original recordings.I made ends meet during college years doing discotheques with Ray McHugh, now a cameraman in RTE.using his equipment.

Póló said...

And don't forget discman Jimmy Wogan who married the lovely Michelle.