How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain Part 31.

26Jan14

I was trapped inside the radio station with the lights out, pretending I wasn’t there.

That was the bizarre situation I found myself in one night at my first radio job in 1993. Although I was hired to do the breakfast show at 2PK in Parkes in the Central West of New South Wales, I ended up doing the 2pm to 7pm show (see Part 25 from January 8th).

A bloke kept calling the show and telling me how he’d made contact with space aliens. He said they were leaving messages in his sink. I thought he was hilarious and put him on the air a few times. Every time I had him on, I talked to him as if what he was saying made perfect sense.

When you were on the air at 2PK, you faced a window the other side of the broadcast panel that looked out to the small car park at the back of the building. At about 5pm, I noticed a car pull up, a bloke got out and walked around to the front of the building. One of the other jocks, Dianne Coveney came into the studio and said the bloke who’d been calling about the aliens was in the reception and wanted to take me to his house (which was in the middle of nowhere) and show me his sink.

I told her to tell him that I was too busy. I shut the blinds before he got back to his car, I didn’t want him to see me in the studio. At 5:30 everyone else at the radio station went home. I peered through a gap in the blinds and he was still there. Would he still be there after 7pm when I switched the radio station to network and got ready to walk home?

Yes, at 7pm he was still there and I was in the radio station alone. I turned off all the lights and waited. 8pm came and went and he was still there. It was after 9pm when I watched him drive away but I still waited another half an hour to make sure he’d gone before I was brave enough to sneak out and run all of the way home.

He never called again.

Craic On!

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