BERNIE KEITH and ANDREW RADD have shared a studio (along with Bernie’s faithful schnauzer, Riley) at BBC Radio Northampton for a decade-and-a-bit, Bernie hosting his hugely entertaining mid-morning show and Andrew ensuring listeners aren’t enjoying themselves too much by reading the news bulletins.
Bernie is now the longest-serving presenter at that time of day in the whole of BBC local radio, having joined the station in 2000. Andrew, meanwhile, has been haunting Radio Northampton’s corridors since 1984, working on sport and programme presentation as well as news.
Although Bernie hails originally from Northolt in what used to be Middlesex he was long-since officially ‘adopted’ as a Northamptonian. Andrew was born in the Barratt Maternity Home and has preferred not to venture too far from it.
Musically, Bernie is King of Rock and Roll while Andrew keeps it classical. But as near-contemporaries – both born at the back end of the Harold Macmillan years – they agree to compromise on Matt Monro, Petula Clark and The Carpenters.
Away from the BBC, Bernie has carved out a successful career in stand-up comedy, selling out venues and appearing at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe. Andrew’s love of cricket (not shared by Bernie, alas!) has produced five books and umpteen-thousand articles to date. He is also Northamptonshire CCC’s archivist.
What they’ll talk about at the Earls Barton Literary Festival is anyone’s guess. This and that, probably. But not the other.