There are stories and then there are ones that immediately make you sit up and take notice.
The tale behind Oliver Muldoon’s journey from meat factory worker to one of the midlands and now Australia’s best known broadcasting voices is unquestionably of the latter variety.
Having grown up in the close knit surroundings of Templemichael Terrace in Longford town, Oliver (whose real name is Oliver McNerney) spent over 20 years on the staff roster at Shannonside Radio Station.
But it was around five years ago, or 2007 to be precise, that the Longford town native’s life was suddenly turned upside down.
“I discovered my half brother Denis McNerney,” he freely remarked, as he popped into the Leader offices on Monday morning for an impromptu chat.
“He came to Ireland and invited me to Australia in 2007 where I met and fell in love with my present wife Stella.”
It’s an admission which still excites the soft speaking journalist to this day. Now based in Perth, Western Australia, the 66-year-old spends much of his daily routine as a presenter on Capital Community Radio 101.7FM.
Albeit a not for profit organisation, his latest adventure is somewhat of a far cry from the heady days Oliver spent in London and later back home rubbing shoulders with the likes of Terry Wogan, Van Morrison and others.
That said, Oliver is evidently happy with his lot despite allowing himself a moment to reveal some of his more favoured celebrity acquaintances down through the years.
“Gilbert O’Sullivan would be one,” he speedily replied. “He is a prolific song writer and of course he is from Waterford. Then there are others such as Liam Clancy of the Clancy Brothers. My all time favourite though was Brenda Lee, the American country singer. There was one time when I actually rode with her in a limousine on her way back from rehearsals in Brixton (London) to her hotel with her husband, Ronny. To be honest though, there are many good memories.”
Another of those was generated last month when Oliver returned home to see his daughter, Marina, marry fellow Longford native Vincent Sheridan.
This Sunday however, Oliver returns to Perth with his wife, Stella. Despite revealing his obvious heartache at having to bid farewell to his daughter and three grandchildren (Roan, Sean and Ella), the free talking DJ has already set his sights on a return visit.
“That’s the only regret I have, not seeing my daughter and three grandchildren,” added Oliver, who also has a son, Oliver Jnr awaiting his return to Australia this weekend. “All in all though, I have to say that it’s a paradise living in Australia, it really is.”
*Oliver’s show ‘The Golden Years of Radio’ goes on the air every Saturday from 11am to 1pm Irish time and from 10am to 12 noon during the winter months. Anyone who wishes to get in contact with Oliver can do so by contacting 0061893649888 or by texting 0061450459217. Alternatively, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with his show also being aired at www.capitalcommunityradio.com