Published Thursday, 04 April 2013
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It's been such good craic working on the inaugural episode and even better as we're coming from my hometown of Portstewart .
I have to hand it to my townsfolk too, they've really done me proud. There was such buzz around the place over the past couple of weeks when the Magazine film crew were there with people wanting to be involved.
I couldn't have asked for better support, with so much interest about the new programme and I'm sure the rest of my travels around our wee country will be the same. Look out for the members of 'Greywatch' the hardy souls, some in their eighties, who swim in the Herring Pond every day! Not a wetsuit in sight! Brrrrr!
It's going to be great and I'm so looking forward to learning more about the towns and places we'll be travelling around.
There are 20 episodes between now and Christmas so no doubt we'll be coming to where you live or somewhere really close so if you see us - come and say hello - also please do get in contact with your stories and tell us what wonderful things are happening where you are.
The first programme is a bit of a trip down memory lane that's seen me dipping into the family archive of my dad's super eight footage - see if you can spot me on the beach aged about 2 with my mum and little sister. Blink and you'll miss it.
We'll be paying tribute to one of Ireland's greatest music legends, the former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough who was born in Portstewart. As many of you will know Henry sadly suffered amassive heart attack late last year which has seriously affected his health. He was the only man from the island of Ireland to play Woodstock, so we couldn't not mark his brilliance when broadcasting from his birthplace. I'll be talking to his best friend Roe Butcher, a fellow musician,on Henry's impact on the music world and on how much his illness has affected his friends and family.
Every week on The Magazine I'll be joined by a team of guest reporters. This episode I'm delighted to be joined by John Kearns, Emma Rosa Dias and Graham Little.
Don't miss Graham and I on the Big Dipper at Barry's in Portrush!
I've just about recovered even after going around the loop the loop, twice!
So - Tune in at 7.30pm, Sunday night on UTV. I'd love to have your company - for now though I'm going to lie down. Oh, and we're in Armagh next Sunday - until then have a great week.
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