Wednesday 18 October 2017

Pat gets spooked seeing giant posters of himself

Poster of Pat Kenny on Bus Stop Outside RTE on the Rock Road
Poster of Pat Kenny on Bus Stop Outside RTE on the Rock Road
Pat Kenny at Newstalk offices
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

PAT Kenny has revealed he gets spooked seeing giant posters of himself on billboards across the country.

With station Newstalk pumping over a million euro into their ‘Move The Dial' campaign' promoting his new morning show, even the bus shelter outside former employers RTE has been branded with the broadcaster’s face.

“When you turn a corner and you come face to face with this huge image of yourself, well it does get a bit spooky,” Pat Kenny told the Herald.

But the 65-year-old has laughed off comments by RTE rival, Sean O'Rourke, that the Pat posters were in danger of making Dublin resemble Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea – noted for its posters of communist leader Kim Jong-un.

“No, it’s not about the vain glory of the leader, its an awareness campaign.  “If listeners want to follow you they need to know where to find you, so this is a very necessary marketing campaign,” he said.

The 65-year-old went on to defend other criticism by rival O'Rourke  concerning the absence of female guests for his  debut show last week on Newstalk.

“You go for guests depending on who you think is the most appropriate person.  “Sometimes people are available and sometimes they are not. That could leave us with an all female or all male panel.  “There is no policy. My team is gender blind,” Mr Kenny said. 

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