Broadcaster Candy Devine has offered a flavour of what her final show will bring, saying it will recall the very first days of her career on Downtown Radio.
She will revisit a career spanning five decades on air next month as she bids farewell to the Province.
Devine has offered a flavour of what her final show will bring, saying it will recall the very first days of her career on Downtown Radio.
The show, on Saturday, September 28, brings to a close a career with the station that dates back to its very launch in 1976.
She told the News Letter: “I think I’ll plan a lot of music from the very first year; tunes I can remember playing. We’ll just have a bit of a chat on the phone and a bit of a reminisce.
“I’ve been asked many times: ‘What was the first song you ever played on the radio?’ But the day is practically blank, I suppose because we were all so nervous.
“I’m just going to have to do a bit of homework.”
She also hinted that one character who may re-emerge after decades off the airwaves is ‘Corky the Chipmunk’.
Formerly a feature of shows going back in the ‘70s, the character cracked children’ s jokes, and was voiced by fellow presenter John Rosborough whose voice was then sped up.
“He may make an appearance,” she said, adding listeners still bring the old character up from time to time.
She has now sold her house and her last day in Ulster will be October 15, before she flies back to her native Australia.
Talking to a showbiz acquaintance the other day made her realise how big a change the move is going to be.
“I thought: ‘Gosh – I’m leaving this all behind’. I’ve got all these memories, this wealth of stories. For 44 years, Australia’s been a holiday destination.”
Meanwhile, another broadcaster, Stephen Nolan, turned 40 yesterday. He had told the News Letter he was far from happy about it, and would boycott any parties thrown for him. But he seemed unfazed when a surprise troupe of birthday singers arrived in the studio yesterday, wishing him many happy returns “on behalf of his long-suffering fans”.