Archive for April, 2014

“Hey, Macca, how hard would it be to gatecrash a parade?” That’s what Tony, one of my regular callers asked me one night. It was 1996, I did the 7pm to midnight shift, week nights on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. The annual Gosford City Christmas Parade was coming up and after […]


Train in Vain

29Apr14

Henry Ford is supposed to have said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” I don’t know or care if Henry Ford actually ever said that but I do like what the quote says about creativity and innovation. The truth in the quote is that real progress only […]


I have to admit that I used to go AWOL from my own radio show. I didn’t just leave the studio, I used to leave the radio station in the middle of my program on a regular basis. In 1996, when I’d been working at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast for about […]


Canonisation

27Apr14

BOB fm CAN take you to the movies FOR FREE! Food banks have been in the news a lot lately so we’ve come up with an idea that CAN help. Bring a CAN of food to the Garden City Cinema, Welwyn Garden City at 8pm on Sunday 18th May and you CAN see ‘The Love Punch’ […]


I’ve been in trouble many times for things I’ve done on the radio but once I nearly got one of my listeners the sack. In 1995 I was working on the air at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It was where I first learned how to run a digital play-out system. All […]


23Apr14

It’s St George’s Day in England Our country that was once the best Now so full of problems You can’t help but feel depressed.   But there are things we can still be proud of Things every day you may have missed And since you’ve called them through to me I’ve made a little list. […]


Perception And Reality. We didn’t own a car when I got the job presenting the night-time show at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast in 1995. I gave up my work van when I quit my air-conditioning job nearly three years earlier and took a massive pay cut to work at my first […]


This month, Saudi Arabia officially identified atheists as terrorists. Sweeping new laws threaten up to 20 years in prison for any Saudi citizen or a foreigner residing in the kingdom that ‘calls for atheist thought in any form’. I don’t know why they need these new laws. No acts of terrorism have EVER been committed […]


In 1995, the thing that frightened me the most when I started doing nights on the air at 2GO was ratings. At my first two radio jobs, 2PK and 5SE, they only did ratings surveys every few years and I hadn’t been at either station during a ratings sweep. I THOUGHT I was pretty good […]


Why do people say they want to “go with the flow”? Nothing worth having comes easy or accidentally. Positive changes can only be made by going where the flow doesn’t go. I agree with what Ricky Gervais had to say on the subject a few years ago. He said, “I don’t know what happiness is […]


I don’t like being called “sir”. In Britain, I’m called “sir” by barmen, shop assistants, removal men, taxi drivers and ticket collectors. In fact, most people I give money to call me “sir”. The message I get from them is that they don’t trust me. Think about it, we’re only super-formal with people we don’t trust. […]


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In June 1995, I’d handed my notice in at 5SE Mount Gambier. I’d been doing the Breakfast show there for about a year and had been offered the Drive-time gig at 3GG in Warragul Victoria. It was a good job and I was really looking forward to working with the Program Director, Mark Vale. Days […]


Just before Christmas my laptop died and I lost loads of important stuff. It was a wake-up call, now I don’t store ANYTHING on any of my computers. I only ever save stuff to the cloud storage system, Google Drive. Next time any of my computers crash, at home or at work all of my […]


Sometimes, the timing is perfect, sometimes it isn’t. The job of presenting a daily air-shift on the radio is pretty much exactly the same no matter where you do it but in commercial radio, your pay is related to what the station charges for advertising. That depends on the size of your audience. Assuming your […]


Foiled Again!

10Apr14

I found some sandwiches wrapped in aluminium foil today in the fridge at work. I just don’t get that, it’s not even airtight! It won’t keep anything fresh. Why not just use a sandwich bag or the bag the bread came in? Now of course if this was school, not work then foil would be […]


Although I left 5SE in South Australia in June 1995, I know my voice was still being heard on the radio station for many weeks afterwards, possibly months or even years. I’d accepted a job as drive-time presenter at 3GG in Victoria but was still at 5SE because I’d had to give a month’s notice. […]


Wind of Change

08Apr14

Is having to look at a windmill the worst thing in the world? Some people think that wind farms in rural areas make the rest of the nature they’re surrounded by look ugly. Every week, I read another story about people who are opposed to wind turbines. This week it was a farmer who turned down […]


When someone leaves an on-air radio job, I’ve never understood why they’re not taken off the air straight away. In 1995, I was the Breakfast Show host at 5SE in South Australia. The new Program Director hated everything I did and was making life really difficult for me. I’d been really miserable there for a […]


Thank you to everyone involved in BOBisphere 2014. In case you missed it, some of the biggest names in rock and pop played live in the grounds of Knebworth House. It was an exclusive show for BOB. A crowd in excess of a hundred and twenty thousand were entertained by Status Quo, Bruno Mars, Lady […]