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Pat Kenny compares new job to online dating

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 02/08/2013 | 14:25

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PAT Kenny is to take a family holiday in the west of Ireland before throwing himself into his new job.

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The broadcaster has told the Herald that he wants a break before starting full-time with Newstalk.

“I'll probably take a few days off before we get into the swing of things,” he said last night.

“We just took a holiday to Portugal, so it'll be in Ireland.

“There's nothing like the west of Ireland, Donegal or Mayo at this time of year. Hopefully, the weather will hold out.

“But I haven't had a chance to plan anything properly because I made the decision to leave quite late.”

Emotional

On Wednesday, Pat stunned his RTE bosses by announcing that he would be leaving the station after 41 years.

“I think I'm still slightly shell-shocked. There's been a real emotional impact.

“At the radio centre, everyone was sad to hear I was going, but delighted for me.”

The 65-year-old, who met Newstalk producers in The Westbury Hotel yesterday, has yet to set foot in the Newstalk studios. He will begin his new show on September 2.

“I think it's probably a bit like online dating – not that I've ever done that – but you see the picture online, but you don't really know what things are going to turn out like until the girl steps off the bus.”

Pat is looking forward to the challenge. “I am a bit scared, but if you're not a little bit scared in life that's not a good sign,” he said.

“I'm hoping when the red light goes on in the studio I feel comfortable and at ease, and I can connect with the listeners.”

Fellow broadcaster and 2fm golden boy Ryan Tubridy says, while he can understand Pat's decision to leave, he has no desire to quit the station.

“I totally understand his reasons for going – absolutely,” Ryan told the Herald. “I won’t be moving, but that’s because I'm not in the same boat as Pat.

“I'm happy in RTE and happy doing what it is I do.”

“It's a big loss for RTE,” Ryan admitted. “But there are plenty of good people in the station – the show will go on because the show has to go on.”

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