Siobhainn O'Connor

posted Oct 21, 2009, 8:58 AM by Siobhainn O'Connor   [ updated Feb 20, 2016, 10:16 PM ]
Siobhainn O'Connor helped out on the odd occasion on her father's radio program growing up.  Siobhainn did not become a permanent fixture until 1991 The Mike O'Connor Show.  She was thrown right into the mix.  Siobhainn read whatever she was given; local events, Benefit announcements, and commercials.  At the urging of her father, Siobhainn's responsibilites increased.  She started selling air time and managing guests during the program.  Her father was delighted and encouraged her to take on more and more responsibility. Mike felt free to take Saturdays off whenever he desired-but he listened very closely to the show, and had a critique ready for his daughter at the end of each program.  Eventually, Siobhainn took over all the duties of the program when Mike became too ill to continue. Mike O'Connor's interest never waned; every Saturday afternoon he would inquire after the program-who was there, what happened, what was said-even after his mental abilities failed in so many other areas.
He was delighted and  pleased that the legacy he created continues.
Above is a photo of the Celtic Tenors in our studio.  Siobhainn is the pleased looking one in the middle.  They were an absolute riot to interview, and they sang us a few songs, too!
(L to R), James Nelson, Matthew Gilsenan(rear), Siobhainn, and Niall Morris
This is a favorite photo. This is my Grandfather, John(Jack) Whyte. He allowed us to ride on top of the hay with my Uncle Johnny.  It was such a thrill!  Note the enormous draft horse-my mother says they were all named "Fanny".
This shot was taken sometime in the 70's. We spent summers in Ireland with my grandparents.
The Drovers stopped into the studio before their reunion concert and played a few tunes.
 The 2014 St. Pat's Parade Queen!