12 December 2006

Radio Times

The Dawn Patrol:
News, views and music, plus a review of the morning's papers. Including 6.15 Pause for Thought.

From Radio Times

10 December 2006


"In real life Sarah's just like she is on the radio: open, honest and always a great support. She's very generous to her friends and loyal, a great listener, terrific fun, always laughing and giggling."

Independent website: How we met: Sarah Kennedy and Lee Durrell

6 December 2006

An Apology

SK would like to offer her sincere commiserations to the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM).

She was due to give a talk to them today on road issues, but an advance appointment means she has had to send Lynne Bowles instead.

28 November 2006

Aled Jones: the truth

The BBC are due to issue a notice on what is happening with regards to Aled Jones and why the show is being publicised as "Aled Jones: The Dawn Patrol".

27 November 2006

Still no Aled Jones

Today, Adrian Lester stood in for SK.

Lester - solid and dependable bak-up to SK

With such a poor attendance record, it is unlikely Jones will work for the BBC again.

24 November 2006

Still no sign...

... of Aled Jones. This means he has a 100% absence ratio.

20 November 2006

SK's on holiday

Jones boyMiss K is having a well-deserved break.

Someone called Aled Jones* is meant to be standing in, but he couldn't be bothered today, so Goodier stood in.

* He never even sang "We're Walking In The Air". Peter Auty did.

14 November 2006

12 November 2006

Sarah Kennedy having a laugh on air!

Radio 2's Ms Kennedy, as recorded on Thursday 9 November 2006

Reproduced with kind permission.

28 October 2006

Sarah says...

... please remember, when driving to indicate!

Someone else loves SK

Grant Methieson, Scotland - from Our lives revealed in a blizzard of blogs

I guess most days start the same for lot of people.

06.15 Alarm goes off — sounds of Radio 2’s Sarah Kennedy gently prise me from the arms of Morpheus.

06.30 Mobile phone alarm now goes off — just to make

Finally stretch out, give a big sigh and then head for the bathroom. Into the shower, temptation is to dwell under the shower head too long and feel the hot water flow down...

9 October 2006

Wilson, Keppel and Betty

SK once performed the part of Betty, of Wilson, Keppel and Betty fame, for a Royal Performance.

She was not amused.

Ooh Betty

3 October 2006

SKs in The Guardian, again!

"What could Sarah Kennedy have been thinking of last week, reviewing the press coverage of the "size zero" models story on her Radio 2 show? It was an "insult", she said, to "Japanese prisoners of war". Come again?"

See here: Size matters

25 September 2006

FAQ 1: What does "SWs" mean?

SW"SWs"* means "Steve Wrights", which refers to all the "Love the show!", "Keep up the good work!" and "You've got the best moustache on radio" comments that SW never ever stops reading out on his stupid programme.

* Not to be confused with "SK".

13 September 2006

Did you know?

  • SK started at Radio 2 way back in 1976!
  • Sarah began presenting her Early Show in 1993 (5-7am)!
  • In 1994, she convinced the top brass of getting a later show, but less hours (6-7.30am)!
  • Ms Kennedy publishes the brilliant 'Terrible Twos' book, with nearly all the proceeds going to Children In Need!
  • In 1996 SK got world recognition with the Sony Gold Radio Award!
  • She was finally awarded her long-overdue MBE!
    SK's tat
  • 14 August 2006

    Blanket time

    It was so cold last night, SK had to put on her electric blanket.
    SK with her electronic blanket

    2 August 2006

    Marriage and Fidel

  • There has been a lot of talk recently about marriages. Maybe Dearly Beloved has finally popped the question?...
  • SK went to Cuba recently. It made her cry.

    Che Guevera
  • 25 July 2006


  • SK has promised herself to STOP saying "right". Eg:

    "Right, it's time for It's Showtime"
    "Right, have you got a leg in a pant yet?"
    "Right, I'm orf. Terry's in next looking lovely in his yellow cardigan"

  • 22 July 2006

    Lennon and Bruce

  • SK loves John Lennon's Imagine song.
  • SK hates the way Ken Bruce answers the question, "How are you?", by saying "G-r-e-a-t!"
  • 17 July 2006

    Proved wrong

    SK didn't think the first Pirates of the Carribean film would be a hit at the box office - but it was.

    13 July 2006

    Happy Birthday!

    Happy 40th birthday to Adrian (aka Dearly Beloved)


    12 June 2006

    6 June 2006

    26 May 2006

    BBC finally appreciate SK!

  • SK is now appearing on a current Radio Two advert
  • They have added some fantastic wallpapers to download HERE!

  • 29 April 2006

    From The Mirror...

    RADIO 2's Sarah Kennedy dropped herself in it yesterday, joking about Mr Prescott as "Two Shags".

    The presenter, left, thanked a listener to her early morning show for suggesting the Deputy PM change his "Two Jags" nickname to "Two Shags". Stifling a giggle, she chortled: "...stop it!" and quickly signed off.

    One shocked caller rang Wogan to ask guest host Johnnie Walker: "Did I really hear Sarah say that?"

    Another listener who heard Johnnie confirm it said: "What a thoughtless remark. It's a funny joke but there's a time and place for that sort of language and it isn't when kids are having breakfast."

    Radio 2 said: "It was a light-hearted play on words and it was certainly not Sarah's intention to cause offence."

    See here


    25 April 2006

    Toast under cheese

    SK MBE loves nothing better than a nice piece of cheese on toast.


    20 April 2006

    Lovely email from Cindy Ransom

    Hi Sarah, listen to your programme from six thirty weekdays and really enjoy.
    Frogspawn, usually spawning takes place on Valentines Day, this year it happened on the 13th of march, a month late. We had six batches.

    Did you know it is only the male frog that makes the croaking noise? Some of my friends had none having had frogs dying last year of a disease. Mine have all hatched now, so sadly your teacher listener is to late for this year.



    Fans call for Chris Evans to be replaced by SK!

    See: Radio 2 group

    Evans above

    15 April 2006

    SK's Desert Island Discs?

    Could Sarak Kennedy OBE become the new host of BBC Radio Four's Desert Island Discs?

    Possibly, as he is joint favourite at 6-1.

    See: BBC story.

    12 April 2006


    Silly old SK still hasn't unpacked her suitcase - she only came back from her hols three weeks ago.

    10 April 2006

    Jo Whiley?

    Why, Whiley?Someone called Jo Whiley (she works for Radio 1) says she loves to listen to SK. The piece was in last week's Guardian newspaper. She said:

    "SK on Radio 2 amuses me in the mornings because of mispronunciations and strange animal-effect noises."

    7 April 2006

    Sarah Kennedy's Special Bunny Cake

    A special recipe, straight from the horse's mouth for Easter!

    Preparation time 30 mins to 1 hour
    Cooking time 30 mins to 1 hour

    For the sponge cake:
    125g/4oz soft margarine
    125g/4oz caster sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla essence
    125g/4oz self-raising flour
    1x13cm/5in bought round cake
    4 bought madeleines
    4 sponge finger biscuits

    For the yellow butter icing:
    150g/6oz butter
    300g/10½oz icing sugar
    2 tbsp milk
    a few drops yellow food colouring
    150g/5oz desiccated coconut

    For the decoration:
    700g/1lb8oz ready-to-roll white icing
    green food colouring or paste
    orange food colouring or paste
    sugar flowers
    1 white marshmallow
    1 liquorice cartwheel
    2 round white mints
    1 tube red writing icing
    1 brown smartie
    2 mini marshmallows
    a few strands of uncooked spaghetti

    You will need: 1x40cm/16in round cake board

    1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
    2. To make the 20cm/8in sponge cake, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
    3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, adding 1 tbsp of flour with the second egg.
    4. Add the vanilla essence and fold in the remaining flour.
    5. Line and grease a 20cm/8in baking tin and spoon the mixture into the prepared tin.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes.
    7. Allow the cake to cool in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack.
    8. To make the yellow icing, beat the butter with half the sugar in a bowl until smooth, add the remaining icing sugar with the milk and the yellow colouring. Beat until creamy.
    9. Colour the desiccated coconut yellow using the yellow food colouring and a little water.
    10. Cut the 20cm/8in cake in half and sandwich together, forming a tall semi-circle, with a little of the yellow butter icing and stand the cake upright with the rounded side up.
    11. Cut the 13cm/5in bought cake in half and sandwich together, formaing a tall semi-circle with a little of the icing. Stand upright, with the rounded side up, and cut one end off at a slant so it fits the larger cake to form the bunny s head.
    12. Coat each of the cakes with the yellow icing and sprinkle all over with the desiccated coconut pressing it lightly onto the icing.
    13. To make the ears, coat two of the madeleines with yellow icing and sprinkle with the coconut. Combine a Madeleine with half a sponge finger to make each of the back haunches, and use two sponge fingers, with one end cut at a slant, to make the front legs. Cover these with yellow icing and sprinkle with the coconut.
    14. Colour 600g/1lb5oz of the ready-to-roll icing green by kneading in some green food colouring. Roll out the icing to cover the cake board and trim the edges.
    15. Colour the remaining icing orange and mould to form a carrot using the off-cuts of the green icing for the leafy carrot top.
    16. To assemble the cake place the body and head of the rabbit in the centre of the board. Attach the ears to the head using toothpicks.
    17. Place the front and back legs in position and attach using a little of the yellow icing.
    18. Add a smartie for the nose, two mini marshmallows for the teeth and spaghetti for the whiskers.
    19. Attach the white mints for the eyes and add a blob of red writing icing in the centre for the pupils. Make eyelashes using strips of liquorice. Add the marshmallow for the tail.
    20. To finish, place the carrot in front of the rabbit and decorate the board with a few sugar flowers.

    6 April 2006

    SK noshtastic

    Good old SK was in The Daily Telegraph the other day talking about a lovely party the BBC put on for their staff. It was held in a top London restaurant and only cost the DJs £230 each!

    SK in action!

    See this: A licence to spend at the 'hard-up' BBC

    Special Message

    Hi ppl! I'm back!

    Thanks for all your letters and kind emails. A big thank you to Dearly Beloved (aka Adrian) and a fat sloppy kiss to Mark Simpson.

    15 February 2006



    6 February 2006


    Sarah Kennedy MBE loves to eat the meat of the meatball.

    26 January 2006

    Express and Star

    Interesting article

    At last!

    Whoppee! Hooray! SK MBE finally has her own radio trail. After all these years the BBC has finally decided to record a trailer for her. It could be heard today on the "Steve Wright" "show".

    The music is by Goldfrapp.


    23 January 2006

    Paul Nicholas

  • Dearly Beloved (aka Adrian) advised a girlfriend of SK MBE to bet all her money on one of Paul Nicholas's horses - it won!

  • 16 January 2006

    Wogan, Dedicoat and birds

  • Wogan is moving offices this week to join SK MBE in the new studios.
  • Alan Dedicoat kissed Sarah this morning.
  • Ms K saw a lot of magpies the other day.

    Dedicoat - don't trust him
  • 12 January 2006

    Tiffs and dirty weekends

  • SK MBE and Dearly Beloved (aka Adrian) have only had two small lovers' tiffs in 9.5 years.
  • The pair are going for a weekend away in Britain this year and a foreign weekend away in Iceland.
  • 9 January 2006

    Cheese, Wogan and gay cats

  • SK MBE didn't have much food in the cupboard yesterday, but managed to find a piece of Wensleydale and skillfully made an omlette.
  • Sarah can't wait for chum Wogan to move to the new studios.
  • Hector, Ms K's cat, is a gay, vegetarian 4-year-old cat. At the weekend it stuck its paws in the vicar's shepherd pie (the clergy man was having a spot of lunch at Kennedy Towers).
    SK's vicar

  • 4 January 2006

    Diet, pet and song

  • SK MBE don't eat or drink after lunchtime.
  • Burnam the Cat is not talking to SK at the moment.
  • Sarah is scared of Tina Turner and Nina Simone.

    Simply the best