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Best pals PJ Gallagher says he's genuine friends with Radio Nova co-host Jim McCabe

"Whether you love us or hate us, you know it’s real. We’re not pretending to like each other"


PJ Gallagher

PJ Gallagher

PJ Gallagher

PJ Gallagher said that his genuine friendship with partner-in-crime Jim McCabe is the best thing about working with him. 

The pals will launch their new Radio Nova breakfast show, ‘Morning Glory’, next Thursday, which will air every weekday from 6am to 10am.

The “anything goes” dynamic duo have proven to be a hit on the airwaves since they first teamed up in 2016, almost doubling ratings during their time at Classic Hits.

PJ, who recently starred on our screens as Principal Barry Walsh in The Young Offenders, speaks highly of his co-host and is grateful for their friendship.

He told sundayworld.com: “Me and Jim are mates. We’re mates. Like we text each other all through the week, we’re into the same football teams, we’re always onto each other about stuff that’s not work-related and that’s really really hard to come by I find.

“That’s my favourite thing about working with him. We really really like being in each other’s company. That’s really important and it really comes across to be honest. Whether you love us or hate us, you know it’s real. We’re not pretending to like each other.

He added: “Me and Jim have been working together for years and the main thing for us is that we get to keep doing that and now we get to work in the place I’ve been listening to for years which is kind of nice.”

The Dubliner said that he is excited to do the show on Radio Nova as it feels like he is going back to his roots.

He shared: “The first radio presenting show I ever had was with Nova but it was only for a week and it was because of that that I got the job in Classic Hits so in a weird way it’s like going back to your roots but now it’s with Jim.

“I’m looking forward to it. To be honest, the main thing now is just getting back on the radio. I saw Jim today for the first time in so long.

PJ laughed that he is thankful that he can now pledge his allegiance to his home county on air as Nova is a Dublin-based station.

“It’s different in the way that it’s Dublin-focused now. We were always afraid to be Dublin focused before and now we don’t have to be. Now we can be full on ‘Up the Dubs.’

“On Nova now, we have even more freedom to just be having that craic and be two Dublin lads,” he continued.

As for the music that will be featured on the show, PJ revealed that he’d consider “anything with a guitar.”

“It’s anything with a guitar. Anything from Ed Sheeran to Bruce Springsteen to Iron Maiden even. If it has a guitar in it, we’re going to play it.”

You can listen to Radio Nova via their website or by tuning into 100.3 FM in Dublin, 100.5 FM in Co. Kildare, and 95.7 FM in Co. Wicklow.

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