The radio host has hit back at radio stars that said his show would never work.
Nicky Byrne has revealed other radio presenters thought his 2fm show would be a disaster.
The former Westlife star has said he has finally proved his critics wrong – as he is set to celebrate one year on air next week with co-host Jenny Greene.
After winning the ratings battles in the last few JNLR figure releases, Nicky is quickly becoming radio’s biggest stars.
“Some other presenters on other stations who have less listeners than us said this would be a disaster,” Nicky admitted.
Unfortunately, the Dubliner didn’t name names, but hinted that a male DJ had tried to put him down.
“Can I say it? I don’t care. What was his name again? I actually can’t even remember his name,” he said.
“Someone from another radio station said something bad about us? That can’t be true,” co-host Jenny laughed.
It isn’t the first time the ex-boybander has been faced with criticism since he made the transition from music to radio.
Nicky felt pressure from listeners over his presenting skills in the shows early days but insisted the digs didn’t bother him.
“You can’t keep everybody happy – when you do a job in public life people have their opinions and you are going to get a bit of stick here and there.”
We’re joining forces with leading charity St Vincent de Paul for the nation’s biggest ever charity gift campaign! This year it’s the ‘Give a Gift’ campaign in association with Aldi and led by 2fm presenters, including Ryan Tubridy, Bernard O’ Shea, Jennifer Maguire, Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene, Rick O’Shea, Colm Hayes, Eoghan McDermott, Lottie Ryan to name a few. The Saint Vincent de Paul ‘Give a Gift’ campaign collects gifts each year to distribute to families in need.
On Friday 5th December, 2fm will broadcast live from the Benetton window on St. Stephens Green at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin and some of the biggest names in Irish music and entertainment will be popping by to contribute on the day. To support the campaign, listeners can log onto www.svp.ie/appeal, www.rte.ie/2fm or www.aldi.ie and buy a gift in the virtual store.
Bernard, Keith and Jen will host ‘Breakfast Republic’, Ryan will host ‘Tubridy’, Nicky and Jenny will host ‘The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene’, Rick will host ‘Rick in the Afternoon’ and Colm will host ‘Driveby’ live in the window from 6am – 7pm. Listeners can follow the action on-air, by following @rte2fm on Twitter, or stay up-to-date with 2fmOfficial on Facebook.
It’s the first year for the ‘Give a Gift’ campaign for St. Vincent de Paul who will be visiting 140,000 families from now until the end of the year to help them with food, fuel and gifts this Christmas.
Listeners will be able to donate an unwrapped gift to any Aldi staff member at any of the 112 Aldi stores nationwide from Monday 24th November to Friday 5th December, 2014.
The 2FM star took home the gong just months after starting at the station.
Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne was in a world of his own last night – after winning a top radio award.
The 2FM presenter won the Best Newcomer gong at the prestigious PPI Radio Awards, just months after starting on the station.
It was a massive coup for the Nicky Byrne Show host, whose three hour show has now become the most listened to programme on the station.
However the RTE star didn’t managed to win both of the gongs he was up for – with Dermot and Dave taking home Best Music Programme.
Initially after being nominated, Nicky said he was “beyond chuffed” to just be nominated.
He said: “I’m beyond chuffed with the two nominations for the show. Jenny, along with producer Al, Lindy and Kate have become my on-air family.”
RTÉ Radio radio stations have been nominated for a total of 37 awards in the PPI Radio Awards 2014 shortlist, which was released at midday today, 3rd September.
The nominations include 31 for RTÉ Radio 1 programmes, two for RTÉ 2fm, three for RTÉ lyric fm and one for RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.
RTÉ Radio 1 has been nominated in some of the PPI’s most prestigious categories, including News Story of the Year, News Programme of the Year, Sports Programme of the Year, Documentary of the Year and News Broadcaster of the Year to name but a few.
RTÉ 2fm’s Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene has proved itself as popular with the awarding body as it is with its listeners, having received nominations for Newcomer of the Year (Nicky Byrne) and the coveted Music Programme of the Year Award.
RTÉ lyric fm has been nominated for Specialist Music Broadcaster of the Year, Music Special/Music Event of the Year and New Irish Music/Musical Talent Programme.
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta has received a nomination for Specialist Music Programme of the Year for its popular alternative music programme, An Taobh Tuathail.
The PPI Radio Awards winners will be announced at the annual Gala Awards night at the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny, which takes place this year on Friday 3rd October.