Martin Bridgeman first sat in front of a microphone in the pirate station Radio Dublin back in the 1970s. He spent a number of years there and moved in to the 1980’s music scene in Dublin, working with a number of bands, gaining valuable experience on both sides of the mic. He devoted more of his time to music and as the 80’s ended, he left radio and moved to Kilkenny.
In 2004 he returned to radio with KCLR, the local station for Carlow And Kilkenny. Since then he has worked in literally every area of programming, as a chat show host, current affairs presenter, sports anchor,presenter of a variety of music programmes across many genres both as presenter and producer. In 2019 Martin became producer/director/narrator of a large scale radio documentary series funded by the BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland).
He was nominated in 2021 as DJ of the Year in the Hot Press awards, in the company of local and national broadcasters. He currently presents Ceol Anocht, an IMRO Nominated music programme, as Gaeilge since 2017.
Throughout his time in KCLR, Martin has been a passionate and committed supporter of Irish music, both on and off air. He has worked in various industry forums on the support of independent music, working with a wide variety of performers, PR, media and management personnel. He has also worked in a variety of roles with some of Kilkennys festivals. (Cat Laughs Comedy, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny Roots Festival and Kilkenny Tradfest).
Through his regular “Ceol Anocht” interviews (soon to be collated in to a podcast series), he has interviewed and promoted a wide variety of Irish musicians across a variety of styles over many years. He also returned to recording music himself in 2019, releasing an EP of original music as part of the Kilkenny band, Audio Nerve.