By Rachael Kane – March 22, 2017 (buzz.ie)
Rachael Kane goes behind the scenes of The Nicky Byrne Show to get all the gossip from Nicky and co-host Jenny Greene.
“The beast has to be fed every day.”
You’d be forgiven for thinking those were the immortal words of King Kong’s handler or Donald Trump’s chef perhaps, but no.
That’s how Zbyszek Zalinski describes his job as producer of 2FM’s The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene, going live across the nation for three hours every weekday and attracting a listenership of over 130,000.
He, fellow producer Caroline Clarke (they alternate days), Lorraine Dunne (broadcast coordinator) and Amanda Fennelly (assistant producer) are the engine that drives the busy programme.
I went behind the scenes at RTE Radio Centre in Donnybrook to see what really happens on the show.
In the pre-show production meeting, the team runs through what’s coming up over the following three hours.
Although the broadcast is music heavy and banter filled, it still takes serious fodder to keep an audience satisfied.
Then we head to the studio where the Breakfast Republic team (Jennifer Maguire, Bernard O’Shea and Keith Walsh) bail out and the next squad sit in their still warm seats.
Seconds later, Nicky and Jenny are on air.
Lorraine filters phone calls, emails, messages, texts, tweets, snapchats, WhatsApps (need I go on?), while Zbyszek, or Speedo as he’s affectionately known, acts like human spam machine, sending through only what’s necessary into the earphones of the presenters.
“You read all sorts,” laughs Lorraine, who appears to have about 70 different windows up on her double screen desktop.
Somehow, amidst the mayhem of production staff, guests, and irritating media types popping in and out between songs, Nicky and Jenny remain on their game.
Once their tricolour headphones are on, their focus is as impenetrable as their energy levels.