Perhaps better known for his voice, John Deeks has worked on just about every game show there is on the Seven Network – not to mention lending his voice to many PJSE events. So, what have been his highlights over the years and how does he take his coffee? Come on down John Deeks, you’re the next contestant on “White with one”!
Peter: How do you take your coffee?
Black – the way God meant it to be. No sugar. I would average 4 a day and anytime between 6.30am and 7pm. And yes, I can fall asleep no problem even with having one after dinner. I also follow the same routine on the weekend, so you could say I’m attached to my caffeine fix!
Peter: You are best known for your voice – how did it all start and what are you doing now?
My career in the media started in 1967 at 3UZ but before then I sold toilets and was even a hairdressing apprentice. I then worked at 3DB as well and joined Channel 7 Easter of 1977 and have been here ever since. It seems like only yesterday when I started!
Peter: You must be one of the longest serving employees.
Yes, and I’ve done game shows throughout that time. Wheel of Fortune, Price is Right, Deal or No Deal – the list goes on. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great hosts over the years including; Ian Turpie, Baby John Burgess and now Andrew O’Keefe.
Peter: You’re famous for the line “Come on down” – where did that come from?
It was part of the original format from America but I just gave it my own flavour. I couldn’t even count the amount of times I’ve used it! In between all my Channel 7 commitments, I fill in on 3AW and do a lot of corporate MC’ing and voice overs. I even filled in doing the midnight to dawn slot over summer on 3AW.
Peter: What are some of your proudest moments/highlights of your career?
Besides surviving all this time, I’d have to say being able to have the energy to keep going, as I do love what I do. I’m particularly proud of being involved with the Good Friday Appeal which I have done for 45 years and proud to say I’ve never missed one. To see firsthand all the great work the hospital does, makes it all worthwhile. To this day, it’s still my favourite event to attend in Melbourne. Hosting Tattslotto for 25 years was fun but I never really won anything that would have allowed me to retire early. I’m also lucky enough to MC Collingwood Football Club’s corporate lunches and afterwards give them advice on how to play (LOL).
Peter: Where is your favourite place to go for coffee?
Right here at Channel 7 at the Broadcast Cafe. The owner Andrew knows how I like it and has it ready as soon as I show my face. No one does a black coffee like him!
Peter: If you could be another Melburnian for a day, who would it be and why?
Definitely Robert Doyle as I’d love to be Lord Mayor. What I would do is walk around the city with my note pad and jot down all the things I’d like to do. Top of my list would be more dedicated walking areas and putting the trams along Bourke and Swanston underground. And I’d want to stop and have lunch at my favourite restaurant, Florentinos, at least twice a week.
Peter: What are your favourite TV shows?
I’m a big news fan and I’ve recently been watching the Crown on Netflix – great series, but don’t tell Channel 7 that………
Peter: John, thank you for your time today – a pleasure as always.