Wednesday 17 January 2018

Lorraine and Peter not so Keane on a TV teaming-up

Lorraine Keane pictured for Sunday Independent living fashion. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 10/3/11
Lorraine Keane pictured for Sunday Independent living fashion. Picture; GERRY MOONEY. 10/3/11

Could Lorraine Keane and husband Peter Devlin soon be Ireland's answer to Richard & Judy? The Monkstown woman's husband has just been hired as a presenter by Radio Nova.

"He's rocked stadiums and now he's rocking Nova" is how the popular Dublin station is flagging the former member of rock outfit The Devlins, who hosts The Saturday Soundtrack each Saturday night from 6pm-8pm.

How long, we wonder, before a producer dreams up a TV show featuring the husband and wife team?

Perhaps Peter & Lorraine on TV3 to counter RTÉ's new Morning Edition?

No way Jose, said Peter when The Diary rang. "Myself and Lorraine definitely couldn't do a radio show together?"

Why not, asked The Diary? Peter: "Eh musical differences . . . Lorraine doesn't like the music I play around the house."

But he did reveal that his stunning wife had given him some advice on how to win listeners. "Lorraine just said be yourself and make it feel like a conversation."

We wonder if he will be giving Lorraine's father's band a spin on Radio Nova – Eamon Keane is lead singer with Irish showband The Indians.

For Peter the job at Nova is a return to radio; he started his career in Dublin station 98fm as a copywriter and producer of the show Ronnie Drew's Dublin – before hooking up with brother Colin, who recently married Virginia Macari, to form The Devlins.

Peter, it should be said, has been busy of late working as a producer and creating TV commercials with photographer Barry McCall.

Speaking of commercials let's not forget Peter's sister Sharon, the nicest supermodel we've ever met, once starred in an international TV campaign for Levi's jeans before marrying businessman Tony Smurfit, eldest son of Michael.

While Peter himself is well suited to Nova's nostalgic playlist, he saw many of the acts back in the day, including Dexy's Midnight Runners in the Imperial Hotel Dundalk in 1980.

Talking about the industry on last Saturday's Nova show, Peter quoted the venerable Hunter S Thompson: "The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative side."

Irish Independent

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