Rob Heffernan ‘buzzes’ about new Cork Radio show

A lifelong dream is coming true for Olympian Rob Heffernan who joins the RedFM breakfast radio team, with the new show starting at the end of the month.

Speaking to The Echo, Rob said he’s been inundated with well wishes since the announcement.

“I haven’t been congratulated so much since winning the medal!” Rob joked referring to his bronze medal for running at the 2012 London Olympics.

The Olympian said that when he met RedFM CEO Diarmuid O’Leary who suggested he join the station, he said it was an offer he couldn’t refuse, although he did his best to play it cool.

The Olympian said that when he met RedFM CEO Diarmuid O’Leary who suggested he join the station, he said it was an offer he couldn’t refuse, although he did his best to play it cool. Photo Darragh Kane

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but I was afraid to say it out loud and I wasn’t cocky enough to tell anyone else.”

Rob said he spoke to his wife Marian about the offer and she was extremely enthusiastic.

“I’m a bit more impulsive than Marian, she’s more balanced and measured, so I always come back to her, but she said it was a brilliant offer and she said I’d be fine with it.”

Speaking of his co-presenters Ciara Revins and comedian Laura O’Mahony, Rob said they are super craic, fun and brilliant at their jobs.

“Ciara is the leader, she takes care of the office and people are going to see a new side of her. Laura is hilarious, and both of them make me dizzy, they make me feel like I’m back in the school, messing around and hanging out with the girls. I’m absolutely buzzing. They’re real characters.”

Rob said he had always been a big fan of RedFM.  Photo Darragh Kane
Rob said he had always been a big fan of RedFM. Photo Darragh Kane

Rob said he had always been a big fan of RedFM.

“I listen all the time and when I’m away I have the app on the phone. When I’m away it can be hard to connect with what’s going on in Cork and that’s what RedFM is.

Rob said he was delighted to start on February 28 and said he was delighted it was an all-Cork side.

“I’ve traveled a lot in my life, but I really love Cork. I think the people of Cork have a unique personality.

Rob said the show was going to be pure Cork banter and Cork humor.

“Life is so serious, people just want something light and fun with good energy and that’s what they can expect on the show.”

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