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I found this story on the thisisbrighton website. Unfortunately, it doesn't say who wrote it, but I expect it may be Derek Jameson...
HAVING been there myself, I imagine Sarah Kennedy must be suffering agonies over her very public brainstorm last week while standing in for Terry Wogan on Radio 2's breakfast show.
Among other gaffes the 48-year-old presenter called the Rev John Newbury an "old prune", suggested a newsreader had soiled his pants and asked a "naughty" traffic girl how much she cost. Fellow DJ Ken Bruce was described as "an old fool".
Oh dear, oh dear. Apologies all round. Sarah's friends were quick to explain she was exhausted, not drunk, as she had had only two hours sleep. Newspapers reported the Beeb was "bombarded" with protests - well, 20 calls actually.
I'm sure lack of sleep was to blame. I filled the Wogan slot on Radio 2 for five years before the great man returned from television and there were times when I climbed the walls of the studio, bawling out everyone in sight.
Imagine having to be in bed by 9pm to get up at 5 o'clock so as to make the studio in time to prepare the day's programme. I got hooked on rohypnol - the rape date drug - but still slept fitfully and was exhausted most of the time. It's like being permanently jetlagged.
Your social life is zilch - there's a heavy price to pay in lost sleep for outings. Weekends and days off are a dead loss because you are totally zonked. Emotionally drained, too. After rabbiting on air for a couple of hours, you're not up to talking to anybody.
Friday mornings are worst because you're coming to the end of a long, painful week. That's what must have hit Sarah Kennedy. Where she went wrong was letting it all hang out on air. She should have saved for the long-suffered production staff. They get used to it.
Why do we do it? Well, wouldn't you?
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6 March 2003
In defence of SK, I recently posted a message on the Wogan 'board of the BBC website. However, for some reason it "was deemed inappropriate for inclusion on BBCi's messageboards" by the BBC message board moderators.
This is the original message:
Subject: re: Why does Terry copy Sarah Kennedy?
The facts are, that SK once worked with the highly-respected Desmond Morris for 6 (that's s-i-x) educational and enlightening TV series on animals.
What's the fat TOGman done on TV? Eurovision! I rest my case.
5 March 2003
This picture was sent to me by a SOG and it really does show the beauty that Sarah Kennedy used to posess. Taken from www.radiohorton.banburyshire.co.uk, the website explains:
Top broadcaster and TV personality Sarah Kennedy is President of Radio Horton. Sarah, who lives in London but also has a country home in South Warwickshire, first began her broadcasting career for the British Forces Broadcasting Service, but later moved to BBC Radio 2 as an announcer and news reader.
From there she has gone on to work on such television programmes as Game For A Laugh, Holiday, Looking Good And Feeling Fit, The Animals Roadshow, Daytime and Busman's Holiday.
Sarah presents her own weekday show (6am to 7.30 am) on Radio 2 and sometimes stands-in for Terry Wogan on the network's breakfast show. She also presents several of the station's evening series including Thicker Than Water and Speaking Volumes.
Recently, there was some disrespectful talk on the official BBC message board about Sarah Kennedy calling "traffic cop" Lynne Bowles "fat and sturdy, nothing gets past her". Well today, SK paid her the perfect compliment - she said that Right Said Fred's song "I'm Too Sexy" could have been written with the traffic lady in mind.
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She signed copies of her book "Cats" - a collection of her listeners' stories about why they named their cats as they did. In addition to this she awarded rosettes to the cats that she liked the best.
See www.chace.demon.co.uk for more info.
2 March 2003
For a full transcript of this great piece of television, please visit www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Lot/3738/reunions.html