Who is Colin Murray?

Young reporters from Children's Express meet their Radio 1 idol

Colin Murray was in Belfast taking part in Radio 1's 'DJ's go home' event. Murray and his co-presenter Edith Bowman were live from Belfast Zoo on Wednesday, November 2,  from one o'clock.  A large crowd of young people turned up for the event, which also featured the Darkness' Justin Hawkins.

Colin Murray has previously presented the Session on Radio 1, with Donna Legge, as well as working for Channel 4 and BBC Television. He has written for the Ulster Newsletter and worked in Toronto, Canada for six months. When he returned from Canada he set up his own magazine, called Blank, which soon became a big seller and one of the top magazines in Northern Ireland. He first started working with Edith in March 2004, doing the weekend slot between ten and one, and soon progressed to take over from the legendary Mark Radcliff and Marc 'Lard' Riley.

According to the DJ, growing up in Belfast helped to shape his career because 'the humour is abrupt and quick'.

He added: 'Belfast is quite a grounded place to live, and people make sure that you don't get too big headed.  If I wasn't a Radio 1 DJ, I would still be a journalist - it's my favourite thing.'

Although both he and Edith immensely enjoy interviewing, Murray had this to say about a certain Pharrell Williams from NERD 'He's a horrible, horrible man.  He's very rude to everyone he meets, if you show your interviewee respect, you'll get it back.'

However, the DJ has been much more impressed by the band  'My Chemical Romance' , who he 'loves to death'.

Colin has confirmed many people's beliefs about when he and Edith are on air: 'When we are live we don't have a script- we have a sheet that tells us what songs to play and that's it. The best thing about being a Radio 1 DJ is days like today, or when Northern Ireland were playing England. While the worst has got to be working with Edith.'

According to Colin, his relationship with co-presenter Edith is like boyfriend and girlfriend without the intimacy, 'she looks out for me like a big sister and although she won't admit it she secretly fancies me.'

Although Colin didn't mention Children's Express on the radio, even though he promised to, we still feel that he is someone of whom Northern Ireland should be proud.

By Ben Ritchie (15) and Daniel McCrisken (15)

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