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Not to be confused with Anjelica Huston or Jennifer Hudson.
Jenny Huston (born 24 August 1973) is a Canadianmarker presenter of radio and television in Irelandmarker. She is disc jockey on RTÉ 2fm, an occasional presenter on RTÉ Radio 1 and a television presenter with channels operated by Raidió Teilifís Éireannmarker.[431853]; Huston presents a new and timeless indie rock and pop music show [431854] on Friday nights and a rock anthems show [431855] which is broadcast on Sunday nights. A highlight of her television career was co-hosting RTÉ's Electric Picnic coverage with Tom Dunne in 2006.

In July 2006, Huston found herself fronting RTÉ 2fm's coverage of Oxegen that summer. She has gone on to broadcast for RTÉ 2fm at Oxegen 2007, Oxegen 2008 and Oxegen 2009, as well as continuing her coverage of the Electric Picnic for the radio station. She is regularly dispatched to important musical events such as Electric Picnic and Oxegen for live broadcasting purposes.

Huston received Best DJ nominations at both the 2005 Meteor Awards and 2006 Meteor Awards but lost out on both occasions to Ray D'Arcy from Today FM. She is occasionally a stand-in host for Gerry Ryan on his topical morning radio show, a role she has filled for some time. She also has a book.

Early life

Huston was born to Irish parents in Vancouvermarker, Canadamarker, her parents having emigrated there in the 1960s. She attended the University of Victoria, earning a degree in psychology in the process. Whilst there, Huston became involved at CFUV, the on-campus radio station at the University of Victoria. An avid music fan, she displayed signs of her developing talent and delighted in spending afternoons delving through her vast music collection, converting her fellow students to acts as wide in scope as PJ Harvey and Pixies.

Career

Arrival in Ireland

Huston moved to Ireland in 1996, with her first radio stint in Ireland coming at Radio Kilkenny. Moving to Dublin citymarker in 1997, Jenny returned to her studies, taking Arts Administration at University College Dublinmarker, while simultaneously immersing herself in the Irish music scene. She approached Dublin's indie pirate station Phantom FM. She found herself back on radio in 1999 as a co-presenter on the The Girly Hour and taking on the roles of both producer and presenter on The Waiting Room. Unable to survive on this alone, by day she worked as General Manager with The Corn Exchange, a multiple award-winning independent theatre company, where she produced numerous shows including Car Show, Lolita, Foley and Mud.

Radio

Huston is a weekly contributor to The Gerry Ryan Show, one of Ireland's longest-running and most enduringly popular radio shows. She continues its brave, adventurous broadcasting theme, with features on everything from toxic friendships to explaining the intricacies of football to Ireland's soccer-widows. 2008 saw Jenny filling in for numerous prime time talk programmes both on RTÉ Radio One and RTÉ 2fm. She filled in for Gerry Ryan on The Gerry Ryan Show, Joe Duffy on Liveline and Ryan Tubridy on The Tubridy Show. Huston is also a regular contributor to Drivetime with Mary Wilson and has been a contributor to shows as diverse as The Dave Fanning Show, The Arts Show, The Marian Finucane Show, Morning Ireland and Pat Kenny.

She also presented the magazine talk show, The Snug, where she excelled as a candid and informed interviewer of, among others, Billy Bragg, Buzzcocks front man Pete Shelley and The Charlatans's Tim Burgess. She branched out of music to cover a wide diversity of topics including broadband, complementary medicine, blaggers guides, wine and cheese.

Film and television

On television, Huston co presented the Festival of World Cultures TV Special (August 2008) http://www.rte.ie/tv/festivalofworldcultures/2008_presenters.html . She also joined John Kelly as a presenter for Other Voices season 6 (Feb/March 2008), interviewing artists and presenting the 'Other Room' http://www.rte.ie/tv/othervoices/20080319otherv.html . Jenny anchored RTÉ's coverage of the global Live Earth music event in 2007 and co-presented the channel's nine-hour live broadcast from Electric Picnic in 2006 as part of RTÉ's Two Sounds strand. This took place over two days.

Huston has also appeared on several television shows including The Late Late Show, Seoige, Seoige & O'Shea, The Panel, Off the Rails, TTV, The Once a Week Show, Ice, The Big Bite, ID+, The Cafe, Dustin's Daily News and Scope.

Huston has previously worked as a music consultant on film projects, including the Irish horror Boy Eats Girl.

Books

Huston's book In Bloom—Irish Bands Now was released on 27 November 2009. The book features interviews with fifteen contemporary musical acts. Several of the bands featured in the book accompanied her to the book's launch at Wicklow Streetmarker's Tower Records.

Personal life

Huston's family live in Canada and Ireland; her mother in Kilkennymarker, a brother and sister in Canada. On her official website, Jenny lists the PJ Harvey album To Bring You My Love or Pixies album Surfer Rosa as "probably" her favourite album of all time, and Beastie Boys, Ministry and Radiohead as—so far—the best gigs she has ever been to. She is also well-known for revealing details of her personal life on air. Jenny revealed her shoe size is UK ladies size 7, having been asked by an inquisitive listener.

She is a close friend of rival Canadian disc jockey Alison Curtis from Today FM. Huston showed Curtis a picture of Future Kings of Spain and said, "I think you'd like him [bassist, Anthony Hegarty]", with Curtis replying, "Oh I don't think so. He's kinda pretty". Curtis met him later that night, then deciding: "Actually I do [like him]. I'll have a piece of that [Hegarty] please". This piece turned into in a 2007 marriage after a long-term relationship.

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