Archive for March, 2014

In radio, like most jobs, sometimes you find yourself working for an idiot. I remember one Program Director who said to me, “I know you’re really good at interviews, talking to listeners on the phone and comedy and I know you’ve been really successful doing those things on the air here but I want you […]


Pits Off

30Mar14

I’m amazed how quickly the pit crew can change all four tyres in Formula One. So why does it take over half an hour to change just one tyre at the place I go to? In Formula One, it’s all over so fast, the driver doesn’t even have time to get out of the car, […]


It’s been said that eighty percent of success is just showing up. I don’t know if the percentage is accurate but it does have a lot to do with it. Another big factor though, is pure dumb luck and that can go either way. In 1994, I was the host of The Breakfast Show on […]


Caught Short!

28Mar14

I just said to her, “OK, I know this is the ladies toilet but I’m sorry, I was desperate!” That was me last night after an embarrassing incident at the Century Club on Shaftesbury Avenue in London. I was attending the annual Independent Radio News Awards, BOB fm had been nominated (and subsequently won). I […]


“I really like what’s on your demo tape, do you ever get over this way?” When you’re looking for on-air work, those are the sweetest words you can hear. In 1994, I was presenting the Breakfast show on 5SE in South Australia but I was looking for a new gig because a new Program Director […]


To Boldly Go!

24Mar14

Are you Spock or Kirk? According to the theory of left-brain/right-brain dominance, each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. People are said to prefer one type of thinking over the other. A person who is “left-brained” is said to be more logical, analytical, and objective (Spock), and a person who is “right-brained” […]


As performers, we crave feedback but constant negative feedback can be damaging. The Program Director that hired me said he loved what I did on the air. The new boss that replaced him only disliked two things, they were; everything I said and everything I did. I know that because he told me every day. […]


Politicians can’t seem to grasp the fact that THEY WORK FOR US. They’re always behaving as if we work for them. In Paris on Monday, only cars with odd-numbered number plates were allowed to drive. It’s supposed to reduce pollution. This is where politics becomes sinister. No one wants pollution but cars run on fossil […]


Why is it that just when you think things couldn’t get any better, they suddenly take a turn for the worse? Things were going great in 1994. I was presenting the Breakfast Show on 5SE Mount Gambier in South Australia and I was doing TV commercials for a car dealers. Then my boss, the Program […]


Mackanomics

18Mar14

I should run my own country. You may have worked out that I’m not happy with the way this country is run. There are too many politicians, they make bad decisions, waste too much time and are over-paid dishonest power-hungry megalomaniacs. The Government has announced a 1% pay rise for public sector workers, including nurses […]


I’m pretty sure the most powerful man in town hated me even though we never met. Being a local DJ in the small towns I worked at in rural Australia was like being in a cross between “The Dukes of Hazzard”, “Northern Exposure”, “Doc Hollywood” and “It’s A Wonderful Life”. When I presented the Breakfast […]


Only an idiot thinks bus lanes are a good idea. According to the government’s official figures, there are 34.6 million vehicles licensed for use on the roads in Great Britain. Most of them (28.7 million) are cars, the rest are vans, goods vehicles and motorbikes. Buses are the least popular motor vehicle. So why do buses […]


Perception isn’t reality.  When you’re on TV every night, you get stared at in public. In 1994, I was presenting the Breakfast Show on 5SE, the local commercial radio station for the South East of South Australia. I was also on the telly every night presenting commercials for a car dealers and a supermarket. I […]


Interdependent

12Mar14

This morning, the alarm on my iPhone woke me up. I got up and watched Sky News on the phone while I shaved. While eating breakfast I opened up my Chromebook, checked my email and posted a link to my blog on Twitter. I drove to work listening to the Adam Carolla Show Podcast. I […]


I checked that the crash helmet chin strap was tight, put the car in gear and took off. That’s when thousands of television viewers saw things go horribly wrong. In 1994, I presented a series of TV commercials for a car dealers in Mount Gambier South Australia. After filming one day I was having a […]


Thank you so much to everyone who wished us well with the launch of BOB fm. Thanks to DAB, we now cover Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and beyond. Does that make BOB fm, the biggest independently owned radio station in Britain? Here’s what our launch sounded like; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIO8fx0GD7I Listen live right now; http://player.bobfm.co.uk/ Craic on! […]


I didn’t set out to become a famous car salesman when I decided to get into radio but that’s what happened in 1994. My second ever paid job on the radio was at 5SE in Mount Gambier, South Australia. As well as presenting the Breakfast Show, I was also presenting TV commercials for a local […]


Sound Advice

06Mar14

Nobody ever turns on the radio hoping to hear something they don’t like. I listen back to recordings of the Breakfast Show I present on JACKfm every day. I’m looking for good bits I can keep and use as “Mack Nuggets” in the podcasts I put online. That’s the only stuff I keep. Our logging […]


“My cat’s called Elvis, because he’s either dead or just missing”. That was one of the terrible jokes I did while holding a can of cat food next to my cheek as I stared down the barrel of a television camera for an extreme close-up. It was 1994, I’d been presenting the Breakfast Show on […]


Carmageddon

04Mar14

The logic of local councils is beyond me. At least two miles of my drive home from work is along streets filled with speed bumps. They’re called “traffic calming devices”, which is classic council double-speak. How can a passive word like “calming” be used to describe something that is designed to do violent damage to […]