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Is Colin Murray living the dream?

By Bryce McGarel
BBC News

Colin Murray
Colin Murray's music show goes out on Radio Ulster on Friday night

When Colin Murray hit upon the idea of presenting his late-night music show for Radio Ulster from his bedroom, he created a job most teenage boys and grown men can only dream of.

For most the idea of sitting at home in your pants, drinking tea and playing records only comes a close second to getting paid to watch football, and yes, he has a job doing that as well.

"I had been scrambling about London trying to find somewhere to record them so they sounded like a BBC radio show should sound like in a studio, but it wasn't working," he said.

"So I came up with the idea of doing it from my house, and when it came to deciding where was best in terms of sound, it was my bedroom.

Wearing pants

"I just do it from my bedroom, with all my records around me that I would usually have sitting there anyway.

"I've got my iTunes sitting there and I just bang them in and even if it's something that comes up during the show I can just download it off the internet and play it straight in.

"The music is literally what I have in my collection.

"It's bizarre, but I like that about it. It's like if you are in on Friday night and you are picking CDs out of your collection and that's what it sounds like."

As well as the benefit of not having to leave the house to go to work, Colin said doing the show from his room also gives him the chance to catch up on some housework and even fit in a quick wash between tracks.

"I don't even have to get dressed because it's in my bedroom. I can sit in my pants, I've done many a show in my pants," he said.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerard
Murray is a life-long Liverpool fan

"I once put on an eight-minute track and I was thinking, 'If I turn this up I can get a shower and come back in'.

"There is no point in me sitting in my room staring at the wall, sometimes I even fold my washing."

Away from music, Colin also presents a number of sports programmes on BBC Radio 5 live, including Kicking Off With Colin Murray and Fighting Talk.

Although he is a life-long Liverpool fan, Colin says many of his listeners actually think he supports their Merseyside rivals, Everton.

"What's really funny about it, is that if you did a straw poll of 5 live listeners asking them who I support, they would say Everton or Spurs because they know me for presenting their games and they know me for genuinely wanting them to win," he said.

"You get paid to judge the game of football that you are watching no matter who the team are.

Darts date

"The biggest stick I get when I'm presenting football is from Liverpool fans.

"I once did a United game on television and they scored three goals in two minutes and I said 'There is no team in the world who can stay with them'.

"I got five texts from Liverpool fans saying, 'What do you mean nobody can keep up with them?'"

He has also signed up to cover the World Darts Championship for BBC2 in January alongside darts legend Bobby George.

"I recently had to have a getting-to-know-you lunch with him.

"He is a crazy man. You know success when you meet the wife and she is three times better looking than him, maybe 10 times better."

After that he's off to cover the World Cup in South Africa - it's a hard life, but someone's got to live it.

The Late Show with Colin Murray goes out on Radio Ulster every Friday from 2200 GMT to 0000 GMT

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