10 minutes with… Brian Geraghty

Gavin Carberry

Brian qualified from 3rd level as a Marine Radio Officer. He worked in Motorola for four years then joined RTÉ in 1998. He first worked as a Broadcast Engineer at the transmitter sites and on the masts before becoming a manager and setting up the Network Monitoring Centre. During the rollout of the Digital TV network he was a liaison with Government Departments and with RTÉ stakeholders. When Saorview was born he became the media spokesperson during digital switch over.

Then in January 2013 he joined Commercial family to work on projects.             


The best part of my job is…

I get to work on a lot of fun stuff. Of course not every day is a blast, but the majority of them are and that’s important. If the balance swung the other day I’d be worried.

What was your first job?

Worked on a bog in Lullymore carrying stuff around for a Botanist and a Gamekeeper.

The best piece of advice I was ever given… 

It’s a Leonard Cohen pearl of wisdom….. “Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act”. I don’t always manage it, but it’s a good thing to aim for.

The most rewarding part of my job is…

RTÉ is a unique place to work. On any given day you meet people in Sales, Actors, Presenters, Accountants, Musicians, Cleaners, and I’m out with Clients and Agencies too. That variety is brilliant.

Have you ever met anyone famous? 

The only time I was starstruck was meeting Greg LeMond. Three time winner of The Tour de France, and two time winner of the World Road Racing Championships. And an advocate for clean sport.

What was the last book you read? 

Again to Carthage by John L. Parker Jr. It’s a sequel to his Once A Runner. I was recently given a present of Charlie Mackesy’s The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The horse. I look at it regularly during these bizarre times we’re in, and it is a tonic.

The one electronic device I couldn’t live without is…

As much as I hate to admit it, my Smartphone. I’d love to think I’m not a slave to it, but in reality I probably am at this stage. I remember the first mobile phone I had when working in Motorola. It was the size of a sliced pan and all it did was make phone calls!

Which two organizations outside your own do you know the most people at and why?  

Three months into Covid-19 has me on first name terms with the couriers delivering stuff to our house! And it feels like Leo and Simon are my BFF’s I’ve seen so much of them.

How do you define success? 

That changes as things change. It’s different for me a different times.

Digital detox - yay or nay?

In theory yeah that’s a great idea. But in reality I’d say I don’t often manage to turn everything off.

What's your favourite app? 


Tell us something interesting that people may not know about you?

I can wiggle my ears.

What or who are you a ‘closet’ fan of?  

I have a Love/Hate relationship with Peppa Pig! My two and a half year old daughter adores Peppa, and the moments of calm that brings makes me love Peppa. But when I heard myself muttering “we’ll dig up the road said Mr. Bull” while passing roadworks recently I realised I’m possibly becoming brainwashed.

What is your favourite brand and why? 

Nike. Yeah they’re controversial but I’m a runner and they make brilliant running shoes. They’re a giant now, but started from very humble beginnings. Selling running shoes out of the back of a car.