To mark the TV50 year, RTÉ launches ‘A Little Bit TV’: a series of eight profiles of well-known and much loved Irish television presenters.
In the sixth programme, Mark Cagney talks about how his love of music led to late night radio on RTÉ 2FM, Television’s MT USA and Ireland’s Eye. Since his early night owl years, Mark has now become an early bird on TV3’s Ireland AM.
Mark Cagney was born in Cork in 1956. As a boy he dreamed of being a late-night radio DJ. After a stint on pirate radio in Cork he realised that boyhood wish when he landed a gig with Cork Local Radio. In 1979, newly-launched RTÉ Radio 2 came calling and his night time radio shows Night Train and Midnight Blue were born.
Mark made the leap from Cork to Dublin in time for the launch of new television station RTÉ 2. Mark worked as a reporter on Ireland’s Eye covering everything from behind-the-scenes at The Eurovision Song Contest to stories on skinheads and teddy boys. His muso status on late night radio led to his fronting many live music shows such as ‘The Live in Dublin’ concert series, the Hot Press Awards and MT USA.
In 1989, Mark moved to new commercial radio station 98FM. Two years later, Mark’s world was torn apart when his wife Ann died of a brain haemorrhage. One particular work colleague, Audrey, was a huge support. The couple are now married with four children.
In 1998 Mark joined Today FM. A year later, Mark broke back into television on the Ireland AM sofa with the fledgling commercial station TV3. He has finally found his groove on morning television where he’s on top of a variety of topics from news to sports and, of course, his first love: music.