On-air snipping 'sticks in mind'

Having a vasectomy live on air may sound crazy but for "Barney" from Classic Hits it was all in a day's work.

While his job description is to host the station's breakfast show the 46-year-old has become iconic for his antics on the airwaves.

Driving a ride-on lawn mower around the mountain, taming an ostrich at the rodeo and cycling around New Plymouth naked have all been a part of his time at the station.

However, it's still the live on air medical procedure that's stuck in his mind, leaving him somewhat scarred.

"Getting that vasectomy bloody hurt.

"There must be a muscle that connects something because I thought he was pulling my eyeball out," the father of three said.

After 15 years at the helm of the show Barney is hanging up his headphones and waving goodbye to his 4am starts.

Friday, December 20 will be the last time he has to hit the snooze button on his alarm, four times, before making his way to the station.

"I've loved it but it's time to let someone else have a go. Someone who's got their own mother-in-law jokes.

"It's time for a new challenge for me."

That new challenge will see Barney, who's real name is Brent Procter, riding around on diggers and driving trucks.

Seven years ago he started his own business, Dirt Works, and he'll soon be devoting his full attention to it.

Barney, who is an electrician by trade, said he'll miss the atmosphere in the office though.

"It's fun here, it's crazy too.

"There's a crazy place in my head as well, it comes up with these ideas and pranks.

"I don't really know how I'll exercise that part of my brain from now on," he said.

Taranaki Daily News