Nicky Byrne admits surprise at radio success: ‘I never thought it could be as strong as it is’
FORMER Westlife star Nicky Byrne has revealed that he was surprised at how successful his Rte 2fm radio show is, admitting he never thought it was going to be so successful.
The singer, who hosts the Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene, has gone from strength to strength as the latest radio listenership figures reveal the show has a total of 163,000 listeners.
Speaking at the launch of Rte 2fm’s Christmas appeal for the ISPCC yesterday (MON), he said+ “It’s going really well. I never thought it could be as strong as it is right up to this point.
“But it is fun. People stop us in the street and say things like ‘It’s just a bit of a laugh.’
“But every now and again, especially moving to 10am, you deal with some serious issues when they arise but predominantly we’re having fun.
“People who have said to us, people who drive for a living or who work in an office, say to us that they are giggling and laughing and it passes the time and I’m learning things about random stuff.
“But mainly if you can go to work and have fun, then that’s half the battle, which I genuinely have every day. We do. There hasn’t been a day yet where I have come in thinking that it is a drag.”
The Dubliner also ruled out any reunion with Westlife in the near future, claiming “it’s not for me right now.”
“I always love performing. I still do. I was in the 3Arena last week with U2 playing and that’s what you miss – You miss those big nights and we had a conversation afterwards with Larry Mullen. He asked me the same question.
“I personally would’ve classed them (the big nights) as the best because I really came alive on stage during those moments.
“But as far as a reunion is concerned, I mean, there is no plans, there hasn’t been one conversation about it. It’s not for me right now.
“I see things all the time, every other day, one of us is denying it, one of us is saying different. You know we all say, ‘Never say never’ because we didn’t fall out and I’m sure one day we might consider it.
“The stuff with Boyzone (Westlife and Boyzone forming a supergroup) I can’t see why that would be on any interest to anybody. I don’t think that will happen.
“You see things every so often about a reunion but until you hear from us, there are no reunion plans and right now, even for me, if the three lads said to me ‘right now we’d love to do it.’, it wouldn’t be the right time.
“I have my own album coming out next year, Mark’s album has just come out recently, Shane’s about to go on tour and Kian has just had a brand new baby, I’m sure he’s going to do some TV work and probably music stuff planned for next year so for all of us, we’re all thriving.
“So no, it is not around the corner anytime soon.”