A Conversation for John Kettley - Weatherman (and people mentioned in the same song)
Drew Savage - BBC West Started conversation Dec 8, 2008
...is, indeed, always Larkin'.
He lives in Somerset, and presents the Saturday morning breakfast show for BBC Somerset 95.5FM, which is a brilliantly irreverent joy to the ear. Moreover, as someone who occasionally stood in for his producer and on-air sidekick for a year and half (Summer 2006-Winter 2008) I can report that he is an ego-free zone and an absolute joy to work with.
So far as I know he no longer presents for Five Live, but in possibly the most ironic development related to anybody mentioned in this song, he has actually BECOME a weatherman and forecasts for ITV Thames Valley.
I hope he is going to be OK, given that ITV Local are about to (or maybe already have) got rid of a whole bunch of staff.
Meanwhile, my own career has taken me back to TV Centre where I once - a few weeks after joining BBC News 24 Sport back in 2001 - tipped a takeaway dinner carton full of gravy down my jumper because Michael Fish was behind my mate Dan in the queue in the canteen and at that stage I still wasn't used to seeing people who'd been on the telly since I was a kid around the place.
Also, many's the time that I have been heading off to the tea bar to find myself walking down the corridor behind your actual John Kettley - and once or twice I've had to dive down a side exit because I felt completely unable to refrain from bursting into the above song.
He strikes me as the kind of bloke who'd have a sense of humour about the whole thing, though.
Mu Beta Posted Dec 8, 2008
Ah, hello stranger.
Any recordings of you and Parkin in action so I can verify this for myself?
Number Six Posted Dec 9, 2008
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