Saturday 27 December 2014

John Creedon tackles fear of flying on TV

Published 05/08/2014 | 07:35

John Creedon
John Creedon

RTE presenter John Creedon has said his new programme on Irish weather has helped him tackle his fear of heights.

Creedon's Weather: Four Seasons in One Day looks at the changing face of Irish weather.

And John said that along the way he faced his fear head-on.

"We look at clouds, which form such a huge part of our weather," he said.

"I'm terrified of heights, but I went up in an 80-year-old plane with an open cockpit to try and touch a cloud - which leads us on to examine what clouds are made of and so on.

"The cloud feels dampish and clammy, a bit like damp air. But yeah, I think the kid in me was unleashed, I got to follow my imagination and do all sorts of fun stuff."

The series asks questions about how exotic creatures are washed-up on our shores and why we have experienced extremely warm summers combined with freezing cold winters.

"Our journey begins with Molly the Loggerhead Turtle, who was washed up on the beach in Dingle.

"How did an exotic creature like that end up on our beaches from Florida? So we visit Florida and talk to some academics there.

"In essence, it's a way of illustrating how the gulf stream works - but it's a fun way.

"For instance, we visit the Miami Marlins stadium to imagine the scale of how much hot water is flowing into the Gulf every second from the North Atlantic Drift, which breaks away from the Gulf every second. It is so important to us."

At one point John even gets to step into the shoes of Met Eireann forecasters

"Evelyn Cusack put me through the paces in the weather room," he said.

"It was great fun practising - they do it on a blue screen with no autocue so you have to memorise it all."

John travelled right around the world for the show, tracking down the movement of weather from Europe to the US.

"We worked long days, but I enjoy TV like that," he said.

"It's not like sitting at a desk every day and you don't get at all bored. But it is hard work all the same."

The Cork native said that despite his foray into TV, he is most at home in the radio studio presenting his weekday evening show.

"That's my baby," he said in an interview with TV Now magazine.

"It's just two hours of mellow music. Traditionally it's a valley period for Radio One, but it's actually doing very well.

"There's no pressure, I don't do giveaways or have phone-ins, it's just me and the music, and I think that's what appeals to the listeners."

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Evening Herald

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