How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain Part 64.

28Apr14

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 six months, we decided to buy a car. We’d been without wheels for about three years, since I’d packed in my job as an air-conditioning mechanic and lost the work van. Our new car was a very cheap, very small, three cylinder, 650cc, Daihatsu Centro.

When we first got the car, it was great because I didn’t have to walk to and from work any more. It was only about a kilometre from our flat near East Gosford shops to 2GO but it was up hill all the way back and as I was on the air till midnight, it wasn’t much fun in the dark.

A few weeks after we got the car, Julie got a job at Westfield Tuggerah which is 20 kilometres north of East Gosford. She took the car and I went back to walking to and from work.

The exception was Thursday nights. Julie worked late on Thursdays so she popped in to see me at the 2GO studio on the way home. Thanks to the new playout system “Wizard for Widows”, I managed to drive her home and then drive back to work DURING MY SHOW.

As soon as the 10pm news finished, I read the weather live on the air then hit the “start” key. There were four songs programmed to play back-to-back with station IDs in-between before I was due to talk live on air again. I managed to drive Julie home, drop her off and drive back to the radio station in less time than it took for those four songs to play. That way I had the car, ready to drive home when I knocked off at midnight. I did this every Thursday night for a year, never missed that live talk break and never got caught.

Craic on!

You can hear what I sounded like on 2GO back then, here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBUsDUz2gsM&feature=youtu.be

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