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16 October 2014

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Mark Patterson

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Here's all you ever needed to know about Mark, in his own words...

 

Born Lurgan. Trained at Queens, Belfast. Then worked in Development Training in Cumbria, circa 1992. Then a Post grad in Lancaster. From 1993 to 2000 I was Director of the Londonderry YMCA. Great crack altogether with some 20 programmes for children, young adults, and even the odd oldie. Then went off to Australia for a while. Came back, resigned from the YMCA, was offered the programme on Radio Foyle. Life sounds so short when you do that.

 

 

What's your Favourite album?

Hard one that. There are so many albums I'd loath to be without, but for me, the late night road always leads back to Alison Krauss. The lady just cuts straight to the deeper questions. She has it all, the voice, the band, the arrangements. Went to see her in Dublin there …. I cant imagine a concert being improved on. My chin was on my lap. … Her "Forget About It" album (Rounder Records) is a pure dream.

What is your most treasured possession?

Apart from surfboards, I have a Lowden guitar that I bought from the Belfast singer Brian Houston back when I was student. They can nick the house or the car, but just leave the guitar. [Couldn't do without me granny either, mind]

 

 

What is it that you most dislike?

 

Winter. Hate it. I go grumpy for 4 months. No light, and the whole place goes cold, damp and lifeless. The people too - we go this grey pallor and theres no real crack in us again till about March. I can thole an element of global warming if it means we get half a climate out of it.

Who would be your ideal dinner date?

The said Alison Krauss. If we'd no money to pay, between us, she could sing and I'd wash the dishes. Theres no-one I want to take out to dinner just now. I'm at that cynical age where men see the value of eating at home and the simple things like good company. [Mind you if Zoe Salmon came calling, I'd pay the bill].

 

 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

 

Just getting the gig with the BBC. I'm not brown nosing - I just love working for this organisation. I like the ethos of public service, and at the end of the day, the beeb does it better, more often, than nearly everybody else.

I like it that I've learned to surf in the cold Irish water, and I'm proud that I live pretty simply, and can stand on my own two feet in life without having to get others to bail me out.

 

 

What do you like most about working at Radio Foyle?

 

Radio Foyle is the business. A connected local station based in a historically and politically unique city. We're so small but we've cleaned up in recent years when it comes to industry awards. Despite all the daily competition to get stories and broadcast material, Foyle really is a team where people share and try to help each other. It's not usually like that in the media. I love my job and I know how lucky I am.

 

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