Damien Lawlor

How did you first connect with Triple R?

Progressingthrough high school in the nineties, I spent more and more time doing homeworkin my bedroom, listening to my top-40 FM radio station of choice. I becameincreasingly frustrated at the repetition of songs, until one day - uponhearing a particular Noiseworks song for the third time in a day - I snappedand decided to search the dial for something else. I happened upon a showcalled Fast Fictions in which two guys were talking about a dog running away withan amputated penis in its mouth. That was precisely what I was after.

Sobasically I have Jon Stevens and Noiseworks to thank for my involvement atTriple R - if it wasn't for them I'd still be listening to them.

What/when was your first show?

Idid my first graveyard shift in 2004. I think the first words I spoke on airwere ""Um..okay...ah...hello...er, right...um..." This was a style of presenting thatcame naturally to me and I've stuck with it ever since.

What's your favourite Triple Rstory?

Notlong after my third graveyard shift, I got a call from Tracee Hutchison askinghow I was feeling about it all. I said something along the lines of "Um...okay Iguess...I'm getting the hang of it...I think". I swear the next words out her mouthwere going to be "Well it's been great having you, but we probably won't beusing you on-air again. All the best in your future endeavours.". But she actuallysaid "I've really enjoyed what you've been doing on your graveyards, would yoube interested in doing some daytime shifts over the summer?" To this day I'msure she meant to call someone else. Or that she did it for a dare.

Your favourite other Triple Rprogram and why?

Ilike the graveyard shift because it's bigger than all the other shows, andplays more music. I don't know why it hasn't been given a better timeslot.

What does Triple R mean to you?

I'vehad to tell friends to shut up so I can hear an announcer back-announce a songI wanted the name of, I've been late for appointments and missed opportunitiesbecause I've been listening to an interesting interview and been unable toleave the car, and I've spent huge amounts of money on tickets, CDs  and rare recordings from bands I'vediscovered through listening to the station. So, more than anything else,Triple R is responsible for me living a life of loneliness, poverty and regret.

The studio door has accidentally jammedshut with you stuck inside. If there was only one CD in there with you whatwould you want it to be and why?

Iwouldn't need a CD. I'd just play the Karen O station ID, and have the bit withher saying "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!" on repeat.

Do you agree that the Essendonpremiership team of the mid-eighties was the greatest ever and if they were toplay the Geelong team of today they would make Geelong look like little girls;and do you also agree that the last quarter of the 1984 Grand Final was thegreatest 30 minutes of football ever?

YesI do.