How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain Part 19.


One of the funniest things I’ve ever heard on the radio wasn’t supposed to be funny. I was in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia in June 1993. I presented the 7pm to midnight shift on the local station “Rockin’ The Goldfields 6KG” so I listened to the station, whenever I could to get a feel of how things worked and how it all sounded.

My favorite program was, “The Lunchtime Quiz”. No matter what the question was, the most popular answer given by the contestants on the phone was, “Errr.. wouldn’t ‘ave a clue mate!”. Instead of giving clues to the correct answer the DJ would just cut the caller off and go to the next one. I would lose count of the number of people who didn’t “‘ave a clue” before someone got the right answer or was just told that they were, “near enough”.

The first lunchtime I was there, the deep voiced DJ asked, “What country is known as ‘The Emerald Isle’? Line one… ‘Errr.. wouldn’t ‘ave a clue mate!’, Line two,  ‘Errr.. wouldn’t ‘ave a clue mate!’, Line three, ‘Errr.. wouldn’t ‘ave a clue mate!’… Then finally, “Line fourteen… ‘Err.. mate, is it Greenland?'”

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