It’s wonderful to be part of the team that makes Culture File hosted by Luke Clancy (weekdays, 6.40, RTÉ Lyric fm). I produced my first piece for the show in April – a retrospective on the work of comix artist Daniel Clowes. Since then I’ve reported on everything from underground horror screenings to LCD Soundsystem’s final gig in New York and chatted with everyone from Mystery Theatre 3000′s Mike Nelson to The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt.
So what better end to the year than to come across not one but two lovely reviews of Culture File. The first appeared in the radio review of the Evening Herald (21/12/12) which said,
“My first ‘Herald Angel’ goes to… Lyric FM’s Culture File (a show I’ve praised here before). In what category? Oh, I don’t know. Let’s say: Consistent Being-Very-Goodness. It may only be on air for seven or eight minutes a day, but brevity is part of the appeal. What it offers are delicious little slices of culture. Little tasters, little samplers; little glimpses of quirky and murky corners of the cultural universe. Whether it’s illuminating say, hand-made Iranian bags, or the practice of ‘performance knitting’, or Dublin comic-book artists, it’s rarely anything other than charming, witty and engaging.”
The second was in the radio review of the Irish Indepedent (22/12/12):
“…it’s proof positive that small can be mighty….it’s the incredible breath and range that makes this programme really special…if you can’t find somthing to whet your cultural whistle, you must be either brain dead or actually dead. It’s all dpone with brio and a sense of humour, and makes a great contrast to the mostly music which otherwise fills Lyric’s schedule.”
This year Culture File was also nominated for a Prix Europa (at the European Broadcasting Festival) and in July I received my first ever radio review for a piece I made for Culture File about Dublin comic book artists.
I’m looking forward to a cultural year in 2013!
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