Sunday, November 05, 2006
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.