Thursday, November 23, 2006

Some Cork Cars waiting to get pimped!

The other day I told ya about the Extreme Motor Makeoever we are running on my show!
Here's just a few of the motor's that want some pimpin'! Believe me the worst ones aren't pictured!!!!!!!!!!

For more info check my blog a couple of days back at

I'm gonna be getting finalists next week and the winner will be announced next Friday!

Let's kick off with one of my favs (no photo with this one)

Dear CAB Motors/Red FM

I drive a bright red Toyota Starlet 1.3 Litre 3 Door car. It's one of
the newer style makes of the starlet

This car is a dinger.. Beautiful engine, runs smoothly & I've never had
a day's trouble. The only problem I have is that it's not that easy on
the eye. For a car with such a magnificent engine and reliability it's
just a shame that Toyota didn't give it a body to match.

The best way I can describe it is, it's like meeting a girl in a
nightclub who's nice and a goer but just doesn't float your boat, but
you end up driving it home anyway...

You would be doing Toyota Starlets everywhere a massive service if you
made my Betty into an Elizabeth.


Steven Davern

Here's a few photos and a few more accounts!!!!!!!!!

Donal cronin

I Think this car deserves a make over because its 10years old the
paintings starting to rust in it you cant open the passanger door from
the outside the handle broke on it its so ebarrsin going to school
every morning in it because all th elads in school have theres done up
like i have no alloys likt them i have no cd player like them the radio
barley works its all fuzzy and soemtimes i cant listen 2 red fm it has
no back baord and anytime i go over a bump the car shakes like makes
noises i have no money 2 do it up in any sorts because the first week i
bought it the kascade whent in it also had 2 get new tyres also the
pasanger seat wont move back its just stuck in a position and is rusted
also the petrol gage just keeps moving and doesnt say howmuch petrol is
in it so thats annoying in the mornings the car barley moves becauseits
so cold and i feel inbarrsed when im parkign in skl on a hill because
it keeps cutting out over been cold and everyoen just laughs but the
worst part is no red fm sometimes... this is my car it needs some
pimping 2 it ..please dotn call out what part of cork im from because
im so embarrsed
it looks ok in the foto for soem reason but has 2 b looked at in person

Hia Stevie,

This is my first time ever entering a radio show competition but when i heard about the make over i just had to enter.

after buying my car a week later the head casket went and i got it repaired and thought that was it. "i was made" but little did l know that that was the start of all my problems. heres what has happened since i bought the car just over a year ago.


I have no horn. it really anoys me when i can not beep at drivers that are in the wrong.

i have to jump start my car since the cold weather has come in and usually it was the neighbours who had to jump start it "HOW EMBARRASSING". now my fiance jump starts it every morning before he goes to work. "HOW ROMANTIC"

my passenger door does not open and i caused a dent in the door trying to open it.

i have no internal light, no passenger sun visor, have a broken drivers side wing mirror. i have it held up with cello tape and it is still unbalanced.

have only 3 hub caps and if i took them all off the car would look worse than what it is.

i have holes in my exhaust and it rattles all the time. why i do not know but i just pretend it is not my car when people look around to see where the noise is coming from,

i have no back window wiper. it fell off one day when i was driving to work.

the exterior is meant to be white but it is more gone off white. i gave up trying to wash it as it makes no difference whatsoever.

the inside is green which i hate because it looks black now. also my dash board is meant to be black but it is stained and always looks dirty. cleaning does not work it stills just looks an embarrassment.

they are all the things so far that have went since i bought my first "dream car", really i would still like it to be my first as i always want to remember my first!! i dont want it be a nightmare which it is at the moment. it can be saved, i know it can deep down. theres still life in her yet...

all i wish for is a decent enough car and not be embarrassed to drive it. i wish i could carry people in car instead of making excuses. when i drop the kids to school i park behind the shopping centre so i dont have to embarrass the kids and myself. when i head in to the nearest town i drive the back way around so i dont have to go through the town. my fiance will not even drive it, thats how bad it is.

so please please please save my first car and save me from further embarrassment. i feel i should get alot more mileage out of my first car and i cant do it without your help.

please make my wish come true

Amanda, my kids and Fiance.

Dear Red Fm,

My name is Gary Creedon, I'm just turned 24 years old (21 November) and I live with my family in Turners Cross, Cork. I drive a Hyundai Accent Gold GS

My car isn't the worst looking car on the road but it's also not the best (please see attached pic of the car in it's glory days). The following, to me anyway, is why my car should be considered for the makeover:

It has been a loyal friend for the past number of years. I can leave it on it's own at night and I know it'll always be there the next morning, no matter what car I'm in the night before, unlike the girlfriend (only messing). It has only broken down on me a number of times and I got a bit of surgery done to it to try to stop this happening again. Once is stoped accelerating when I was going up a hill but, luckily, it decided to forgive me and worked again. It has rust on the inside of the door and it's only getting worse. My wheels leave a lot to be desired. Saw a set of alloys on a car in town and they would so suit mine. The interior is disgraceful. Years of wear from kids, eating etc in the back seat and the dog lying all over it............

Thank you sincerely,

Loyal Red FM Listener,
Gary Creedon.

Dearest Stevie G,
Sitting out the back yard is my dream, a 1979 volkswagen camper van, its got
the works: a sink, a cooker, a pop-top roof which can sleep four and the
potential to be the most fantastic thing to hit Patrick street on a
Saturday night. Unfortunately, none of these things actually work and the
disease that is rust slowly eating it away to nothing. My plan was to fix
this baby up and go touring europe in it. BUT due to the financial obstacles
that occur when your attending C.I.T, I can barely even afford lunch not to
mind restoring a classic car.

Here's some more!!!!!

My name is niamh murphy im driving a 1990 honda civic, its grey and crashed on all sides, rust is adding a bit of colour to it,

I think i deserve a make over for it, here's my story,

I just got dumped by my boyfriend of 4 yrs over the phone, He has moved away for work and bought me this little banger before he left as i had no mean of transport only him! he himself has 3 cars all class,
Now I have been dumped im completely gutted and lookin at this grey and browne crock of s**t every morning is only reminding me of him and depressing me even more. I also know he would be sickened if he knew I got it fixed up. He wont be able to take this present back then I can laugh at him, not to mention for me it would really cheer me up as i crashed it the other day too.......

And a lovely poem by

Kim Aitken, Chantaco, Worlds end, Kinsale

Nissan Micra


They Mighty micra has been in the Aitken family since 1995 and has served 5 youngsters during their times at college, the four 'Scottish' Aitkens from Gasgow and myself here in Cork. I have written a poem to outline the trials and tribulations of 'Mighty' and the reason for her name...hope you enjoy and would consider my wee car for the extreme motor makeover.


Our “Mighty” micra sits in the drive

’95 reg, barely alive

11 years, as a student car

At times a home, a bed and a bar

Driven first by Johnny, the eldest son

A trainee chef, he had his fun

He piled her high with food and wine

Mighty and Johnny got along fine

Then to Andy, the middle boy

A budding lawyer and very coy

In cold and draughty Aberdeen

Mighty worked hard and fun was lean

Next on to Rossy, young and free

A marketing tycoon, he was training to be

Girls were many and lectures few

Old Mighty earned a scrape or two

Fourth was Kirsty, apple of the eye

A dedicated Physio, hopes were high

These hopes she did so promptly dash

When poor mighty had her first crash

On that note another verse

To talk about the “Kirsty” curse

She tried to improve her ability to drive

To keep our faithful servant alive

Alas a scrape, a dent and more

Mighty was battered, bruised and sore

Kirsty strived and Kirsty tried

But in ’05 our mighty died

She stayed one year, broken and dead

Sitting dejected in the shed

And now age 11, with owner number five

An engineering student learning to drive

A lead, a cable, a push and a shove

A work in progress, a labour of love

She's never even seen a skirt

She usually wears just mud and dirt

Her seats are ripped and stained and torn

Her looks are tired and forlorn

The wheels are bare, the seals are gone

She’s scratched and faded, where once she shone

Our Mighty micra sits in the drive

’95 reg and barely alive

With this story I beg and plea

To Red Fm and C.A.B

She is my life, my to and my fro

Help me give Mighty some get up and go….

Hello RedFm,

My name is Mihai Onofrei, and I would like to have my
car modified because I love my car and that’s not all.
It is a ‘95 HONDA Civic, 5 dr, 1.6i LS and I haven’t
seen any modified, so I think it will look GRATE. It
is my first Japanese car but its grate and deserves
all the upgrade that it can get.


P.S My date of birth is 1st of December ’81, so I
think this would be a nice birthday present…:)

Best regards,

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Number One!

The latest and most detailed break out of the Cork Radio Market reveals some Great News for Cork’s RedFM

·Confirmed as the Number 1 Under 35 Radio Station across Cork - Listened Yesterday

·Confirmed as the Number 1 Under 35 Radio Station across Cork - Weekly Reach

·Delivering more adults each day than RTE Radio 1, RTE 2FM, Today FM and almost twice as popular as County Sound 103FM

·Confirmed as Cork’s most popular night-time station – 33% ahead of its nearest rival

Since our target audience is 15-35's this is great news and I'm delighted our hard work over the last five years is paying off!

Monday, November 20, 2006

The Extreme Motor Makeover!

I'm doin this on my Red Drive show at the moment! We've teamed up with CAB Motors on the Monaghan Road to offer Red Drive listeners a €7,000 makeover for your car. All you gotta do is email details on why your (or your friends) motor should get the makeover treatment to I'm gonna be in be in the driving seat, and i'm gonna manage this pimpification and give you the wheels of your dreams! Listen out to Red Drive on RedFM 104-106 everyday from 5-7PM for details or click on

There's some suggestions below by the way...............

We want to take your car to the next level,

Lowerings springs
Rear Bumper
Front Bumper
Side Skirts
Neon Kit
LEXUS rear light clusters


Pioneer head unit, consisting of cd/dvd/mp3 player. 6.5 inch dvd screen.
2 front pioneer speakers
JBL subwoofer and amplifier
Vehicle Graphics
New seat cloth
Extras (gearknob,mats,bulbs,etc)

All you need to do is email us at leaving your name and contact number as well as the following information on your car…

The make,
Car Reg.
Your wish list for your car to be pimped!
If you have a picture of your car-send it on.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Five on Friday! 17th November 2006

From now on every Friday I'm gonna post some classic music moments from Youtube for your listening pleasure-i'll also throw in one new tune which is big at the moment!

Curtis Mayfield-"Keep On Keepin On"
The voice, the vibe, the positivity

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - "Ain't no mountain high enough"
What can I say still sends shivers down my spine and I still play it nearly every Saturday night!

Minnie Riperton-"Reasons"
My favourite female vocalist besides Aretha

Zhane-"Hey Mr.DJ"
The Ultimate Friday night song from 1994 a very important record in my music career

A Tribe Called Quest-"Electric Relaxation"
Another monster track that I still play my favorite hip-hop crew of them all

Tune of the week!

Gnarls Barkley "Who Cares"
Been around for ages but who cares? Another big tune from DangerMouse and Cee-Lo!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Red Bull and Guinness!

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff comes to Cork for the first time!

Jimmy Cliff was excellent last night at the Savoy. This guy is one of the most important reggae figures of them all and his role and involvement in "The Harder They Come" helped spread the already well known reggae stars name across the world at the start of the 70's. This paved the way for everyone from Bob Marley to Lee Perry to make inroads Woirldwide and it led to reggaes massive influence over popular culture in the last 30 years. Jimmy is now well into his 60's but he is still an amazing performer with incdredible energy. His band were amazing too and the eager crowd in Savoy were delighted with the show.
We went out for a few drinks with Dwight and some other members of the band afterwards and they told us how Red Bull and Guinness is there favourite combination when they party! "It make you go boom boom with ya gal all night mon"; nice one for the tip lads but i'll pass. Amazingly for Jamaican reggae stars none of the band smoke "the herb", which could also explain the high energy levels and boundless enthusiasm! We headed over to the Crane Lane Theatre which has recently been opened by Benny McCabe.I know Benny for years and I remember years ago when he had left school early and opened his first bar in Snotty Joes. He has come along way since then and learnt his trade well. His new bar is superb and i've been well impressed with the old skool vibe of the place on my few vists so far. I wish him all the best with it. You catch Ron Sexsmith there this weekend. And be sure to ask for a "Red Bull and Guinness" if you are at the bar!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Champ is Here!

Jazzy Jeff Returns amidst bad news for soul music

Gerald Levert RIP (see below for more)

Jazzy Jeff absolutely killed it again at Jam last night! It's always great to get him back as he is the ultimate party DJ. A lot of the crowd at Jam would have changed a bit from the first few years we were running but Jeff is the best guy to be both educating and entertaining a young crowd about the roots of hip-hop. His 'Hip-hop Forever 3" compilation is another illustration of why he is the best at combining good quality modern hip-hop with some classics from hip-hop's golden age, an age which he helped usher in too! It's impossible to mention highlights of last nights set but D'Angelo, Lynn Collins, Carl Thomas, The Emotions, Aretha, Jill Scott, Jeru, Royce 5"9, James Brown, Michael Jackson, The Eurythmics, Biggie, Jay Z and Prince all got spins.
He also had the ultimate MC in tow again. Skillz is a legendary MC in his own right, but he is the prefect guy to work with Jeff, as his timing is incredible and he knows just when to deliver. Unfortunately he brought us bad news too as Philly soul singer Gerald Levert passed away last night and he would have been quite well known to Jeff and company. They played a fitting tribute at the end of the night though with his classic number "Casanova". RIP
The atmosphere was excellent in the Savoy and it's no suprise that Jeff loves this gig. We went back to the hotel where he typically had a production set-up and was eager to share with me some of his forthcoming stuio album, "The Return of the Magnificent". I've been getting sneak previews of this since his last visit and I've gotta say, it's looking like a bit of a classic. I've previously heard tunes featuring Musiq, CL Smooth, Rhymefest and more, but last night he played us tracks with Little Brother, Raheem De Vaughan and Method Man which are banging! He hooked me up with loads of exclusives as usual (nice singer named China Black) but you'll have to catch my Black on Red show for details on them!
We had a great chat about music for a few hours and we discussed our mutual love of his record label B.B.E. amongst other things. Pete at B.B.E. is doing some amazing things musically and as a long term follower of the label I was delighted to hear some of Jeff's plans for future recordings. His biggest problem is trying to get off the road for sufficient time to record more but there is no doubt that there are plenty of more classics coming from Jazzy Jeff. A bigger gentleman you will never find to be homest, the fact that he is one of the greatest hip-hop DJ's and producers in the world is simply a bonus. Respect.

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    I'm a DJ from Cork in Ireland. I work with RedFM, presenting Red Drive, The Hitlist and my specialist show, Black on Red. I'm probably best known for being one of the main hip-hop/soul DJ's in Cork and Ireland. I've been DJing in Cork since the early 90's in legendary clubnights such as Sweat in Sir Henrys, Mor Disco, Free La Funk, Yo Latino and also Jam and Jam Junior at the Savoy and the Pavilion. I've also held down long term residencies at clubs around Ireland such as Brown Sugar at the Kitchen in Dublin, U-Turn at Ri Ra in Dublin, Jazz Juice at the GPO in Galway, Thompson Garage in Belfast, the Soul Clinic, Dee-Bop, Meltdown and Mo Bounce in Limerick and i've played abroad in the United States and the U.K. on numerous occasions. I also write a music column for the Evening Echo and i'm a regular contributor to the U.K.'s Blues and Soul, the longest running black music magazine in the world. These days i run the Pavilion, a music venue in Cork, which hosts my Jam night every few Fridays also you can catch me at