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After the Fact: 1956

March 16, 2018 in Quiz Show

ATF 403: 1956, first broadcast on March 15, 2018.
Blue team: Ger Slattery and John Martin
Red team: Micheál and Michelle Coyne

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After the Fact: 1999

March 9, 2018 in Quiz Show

ATF 403: 1999, first broadcast on March 8, 2018.
Blue team: Anne McLoughlin and Carol Cronin
Red team: Linda Conway and Elaine Wright

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After the Fact: 1963

March 6, 2018 in Quiz Show

Last Thursday night’s After the Fact.

ATF 402: 1963, first broadcast on March 1, 2018.
Blue team: Andrew Newman and Dan O’Malley
Red team: Micheál and Michelle Coyne

Listen to Play by Ear

March 11, 2016 in Quiz Show

Play-by-Ear-logoAlmost two years after the end of After the Fact, I’m back in the quiz show hosting business.

A few weeks back, we premiered Play by Ear, a weekly music quiz show on Claremorris Community Radio. As before, I will be collating the scores etc on a specially-hewn records page. You can have a look, listen to previous shows and follow the progress of the teams at the following address:

We’re a few weeks in to the series already.  The plan is for each team to have three matches, a lá some big football tournament.  Following that, the top two teams in each group will qualify for semi-finals, followed by a final, obviously.

Division: not for me

September 2, 2013 in Quiz Show

Division logoA few weeks back I posted an excited notice of an upcoming quiz show which will air on RTÉ this Winter. Yet, after applying and going through an interview, I contacted the show’s production company early last week to ask for my name to be taken off the list of potential contestants.

Why this change of heart? Put simply, Division is reality television crossed with a quiz show.

The show’s format sees an initial 32 strangers entering a studio and drawing a card, which will be either red or blue, from a hat. The red and blue teams, thus formed, go their separate ways and wait for round one’s quiz category to appear. When it is revealed each group has five minutes to decide who will be their representative in a one-v-one quiz on the topic. No-one knows anything about anyone else so, obviously, the producers are hoping for some on-screen banter, self-promotion or maybe even an argument. The sort of thing that’s no doubt referred to as ‘good tv’ in media circles.

By hook or by crook the nominees are selected and they come to the studio centre to face sudden-death questions. Someone will win, someone will lose. The important thing is that, following this outbreak of quizzing, the entire team represented by the loser will be eliminated. Gone, just like that.

The winning team is disbanded and the red and blue cards are used once more to divide the remaining 16 into two teams of eight. Rinse and repeat until you end up with just two survivors and, ultimately, a winner.

Hopefully, just reading that summary will inform you as to why I withdrew. This isn’t really a quiz show. It’s as if one took the ‘Fastest Finger’ round from the start of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and thought “Let’s expand that round, introduce some conflict, and diminish the actual answering of questions”…
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After the Fact is back! Tonight!

August 9, 2013 in Quiz Show

atf_robot_logoAfter the Fact, the quiz show I host on Claremorris Community Radio, is all set to return for its third series.

This return to the airwaves is taking place in the unusual time slot* of 8pm tonight (Friday) as it is part of the 2013 CCR Broadcastathon, a fundraiser in which volunteers broadcast continuously for 48 hours to help pay the station’s bills.

The Broadcastathon kicks off at 5pm this evening (I’m also one of the hosts of that show, as it happens!) with ATF then fourth on the running order. Last year’s captains, Lorraine Murphy and Andrew Newman, are both returning for another series. Tonight they will be joined by two team-mates with a heap of ATF experience, Gordon Campbell and Anne McLoughlin. The topic for this special episode will be the number one.

You can listen in online via or watch the show (!) on

* Well, it’s not Thursdays at 7pm. There’s nothing otherwise unusual about it…

Listen to the radio

October 3, 2011 in Quiz Show

Dear readers, sorry if I have been a bit sparing with the blog posts in the last week.  I have been busy preparing for the start of a new quiz show I am hosting on Claremorris Community Radio.  It’s called After the Fact and it’s broadcast on Thursday evenings at 7pm.

The first episode went out last Thursday and it’s now available online via the Claremorrisfm account on  Alas, I haven’t yet found a way of embedding mixcloud files directly into this site so the best I can do is point you in the direction of the specific programme. I hope you enjoy it!

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Rise of the machines

February 17, 2011 in Culture, Quiz Show

Just a quick diversion from our normal fare.  As the video’s subtitle succinctly puts it, “IBM’s Watson supercomputer destroys all humans in Jeopardy.”


I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords