The Info List - Alison Curtis

Alison "Ally"[1] Curtis (born November 1, 1977 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada) is a presenter of radio on Irish radio station Phantom 105.2[2] and a respected figure on the Irish music scene. She presented The Last Splash on Sunday nights from 20:00 until 22:00 and The Alison Curtis Show from 05:00 - 07:00. The Last Splash and, later, The Alison Curtis Show, earned Curtis her three Best DJ Meteor nominations, though she narrowly lost out on the first two occasions to her Today FM colleague Ray D'Arcy
Ray D'Arcy
and lost again in 2009, this time to her Today FM colleague Ray Foley. Curtis currently possesses her own television channel[3] and has written for Hot Press. She is married to Anton Hegarty, the former bassist for Future Kings of Spain with whom she has a daughter. She currently presents her own show, "Saturday Breakfast with Alison Curtis" on Today FM which airs every Saturday morning from 7am to 10am and since July 2016, has also presented "Sunday Breakfast with Alison Curtis" which airs every Sunday morning from 7am to 9am.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Awards 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Curtis was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, but spent her formative years in Toronto. She graduated from the University of Toronto
with an Honours BA in Anthropology.[4] Alongside her studies, she was actively involved in the Toronto
indie scene, managing band nights, writing and editing the college paper, and drumming in a band called The Justice League. Career[edit] After graduating, Alison moved to Ireland. There she met another Canadian, who was searching for presenters for the then pirate radio station, Phantom, provoking the reaction: "God, you talk a lot".[4] She was signed up and presented a drivetime show on the station.[4] Shortly after that in 1999, she joined Today FM, as the senior researcher on The Ian Dempsey
Ian Dempsey
Breakfast Show.[4] Working on a close-knit team, she was responsible for the show's features, guests and persuading Ian Dempsey
Ian Dempsey
to play a few "alternative" artists. She also spent 3 years presenting and producing her own drive time radio show on Phantom 105.2, a show that regularly featured live sessions from Irish and international artists as well as presenting The Last Splash on Sunday nights, she also presents an alternative music show from Monday to Thursday at 22:00. She was on the panel of judges which helped decide the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year 2006.[5] She also served as the M.C./ master of ceremonies for the main awards ceremony for the Choice Music Prize before she was replaced by fellow Today FM colleague, Paul McLoone who from March 2012 to March or November 2016 served as M.C. for the prize ceremony of the Choice Music Prize
Choice Music Prize
with the Choice Music Prize later moving to be broadcast on RTE 2FM from 2017 onward. She also presented and produced The Last Splash on Sunday nights, which initially had 7,000 listeners; this increased over time to 40,000.[4] She resigned from her post as producer of The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on the Friday before her new show (see below) began to air.[4] The first song she played on her new first show was "Can't Go Back" by Primal Scream.[4] The new show was given to Curtis by the Today FM executives in 2008. The Alison Curtis Show staged its inaugural live Christmas special at Whelan’s on 17 December 2008. Curtis and Ed Smith administered over three emerging acts – Cap Pas Cap, The Dirty Epics and Mick Flannery – as they did their respective things.[6][7][8] On 22 December 2008, based upon listener suggestions from the previous three weeks, they compiled a "time capsule" for 2008, containing the top ten items representing the twelve months of the year.[9][10] A Valentine's Day special of the show took place at Whelan's Upstairs on 12 February 2009, featuring music from Duke Special, One Day International
One Day International
and Ann Scott.[11] Personal life[edit]

“When I first arrived, I made quite inappropriate jokes about it, going, 'I've never had only white friends before'. Growing up in Canada, you're growing up with a girl from Tokyo, a girl from Korea and a Jewish girl. So it's just different. That's the most immediate thing my sister notices."

Curtis was struck by the whiteness of Irish people, so much so that she made inappropriate jokes about these people.[4]

Curtis has one sibling, her twin sister Karen, a social worker in Canada.[4] Their father died when they were fourteen and their mother died when they were nineteen.[4] Curtis met her long-term boyfriend, Anton Hegarty, bass guitarist in Future Kings of Spain, at a show in Whelan's.[4] They married in 2007 and now live in East Wall, Dublin.[4] Curtis and Hegarty own two identical black cats named Scout and Jem (after the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee).[4] Curtis watches The Daily Show
The Daily Show
Mad Men and dislikes Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
and Britney Spears.[4] Her favourite Irish bands include Fight Like Apes, who she describes as "really talented... kind of rocky and metallic and their front girl is extremely watchable, almost going into Debbie Harry territory" and Hooray for Humans from Cork, who, according to Curtis, "are really cute, very poppy, almost Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire
in the way they shout lyrics".[4] Awards[edit] While at Today FM, Curtis was nominated for the Best National DJ award on three occasions. On the first two occasions she narrowly lost out to her Today FM colleague Ray D'Arcy.[12][13] Curtis was nominated in the Best National DJ category again in 2009.[14] She lost to another Today FM colleague, Ray Foley, on this occasion.[15]

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2005 Alison Curtis Best National DJ Nominated

2006 Alison Curtis Best National DJ Nominated

2009 Alison Curtis Best National DJ Nominated


^ Curtis has claimed U2 producer, Daniel Elmarr, called her this on a "going-away date". Today FM. 18 December 2008. ^ Alison Curtis profile Archived 11 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.. Today FM. Retrieved 6 November 2008. ^ "My TV Channel". Retrieved 6 November 2008.[dead link] ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Show time". The Irish Times. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2009.  ^ Mullaly, Una (18 February 2007). "Who wins? You don't decide. ." Sunday Tribune. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2010.  ^ "Today FM's Christmas show at Whelan's". Hot Press. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2008.  ^ "December 15th". Today FM. 15 December 2008. Archived from the original on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2008.  ^ "The Alison Curtis Show Christmas Special". Today FM. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2008. [permanent dead link] ^ "December 10th". Today FM. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2008.  ^ "2008 Time Capsule, seeled [sic] and delivered". Today FM. 22 December 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2008.  ^ " Alison Curtis Show to broadcast live for Valentine's Special". Hot Press. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009.  ^ " Meteor Music Awards
Meteor Music Awards
nominations announced". RTÉ. 11 January 2005. Retrieved 20 September 2008.  ^ "RTÉ 2fm trio make Meteor shortlist". RTÉ. 24 November 2005. Retrieved 20 September 2008.  ^ " Meteor Music Awards
Meteor Music Awards
nominees revealed". RTÉ. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2009.  ^ "Top accolade for The Script". The Irish Times. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2009. 

External links[edit]

Official Today FM website Alison @ Today FM

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Today FM

Formerly known as Radio Ireland Limited

Ownership history

John McColgan and Moya Doherty (1997–2002) Scottish Radio Holdings (2002–2007) Communicorp
and Denis O'Brien (2007–present)

Notable incidents

Brian Cowen nude portraits controversy
Brian Cowen nude portraits controversy
(2009) Sacking of Sam Smyth (2011)



Matt Cooper Dave Couse Ian Dempsey Paul McLoone Declan Meehan Al Porter


Philip Boucher-Hayes Mark Byrne Mark Cagney Enda Caldwell Oliver Callan Alison Curtis Ray D'Arcy Donal Dineen Tom Dunne Eamon Dunphy Tony Fenton John Kelly Martin King Jim McCabe Emily O'Reilly John Ryan Sam Smyth



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Ian Dempsey
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Ray D'Arcy
Show Pet Sounds Small Hours The Sunday Supplement Today FM Top 40

Other contributors

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