Don't expect much from Ian Skippen when he returns to breakfast radio next week.
“I have no idea, it'll be two people having a crack, and whatever happens, happens,” said the veteran broadcaster after his surprise appointment as co-host of the Fairfax Radio 4BC breakfast shift.
“We'll be embracing what Brisbane wants to talk about.”
“Skippy” was revealed as a temporary anchor on Wednesday, making a return to the airwaves two years after being dumped by Triple M.
He'll fill in for twelve weeks from Monday September 2 alongside Mary Collier.
“I don't know how the audience is going to like me or if I'm going to take to talkback,” he said.
“It's all a bit strange and new for me.”
Skippen had been working as an MC since his forty-year radio career seemingly ended in 2011.
“Having had two years away from being a slave to an alarm clock ... it's refreshing not to worry about having to get up early,” he said.
But last week he received a call from 4BC asking if he'd consider the gig on a short-term basis.
“Of course I've got an amount of trepidation ... but I've had so much support from within the building and people who know me have phoned to say I'll take to it like a duck to water,” he said.
“I love a chat ... I'll talk to a hatstand.”
Skippen said he had only met his co-host Mary Collier once or twice, so it would be a fresh experience for both of them.
“We'll be getting to know each other.
Skippen said he had been out of the radio loop, and wasn't aware of former breakfast host Peter Dick's long absence from the airwaves.
Dick officially retired last week for health reasons.
“4BC is replacing one strong announcer with another. When Peter announced his resignation, we needed a strong local talent to fill the position until Christmas,” 4BC station manager Anthony Frangi said.
But Skippen was coy about whether returning to the life of 2.30am wake-up calls could be permanent.
“It's very open-ended. It depends on whether they like me, I like them, and the audience – that's the biggest thing,” he said.