Archive for May, 2014

BOB’s Best!

29May14

BOB’s Best is our quest to find the best of everything in the Home Counties.  The latest category is BOB’s Best VET. Time is running out for you to vote. The poll will close at 9am tomorrow morning. Vote now, here; http://www.bobfm.co.uk/on-air/breakfast/bobs-best/ Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at http://www.mackmedia.co.uk Advertisements


When you’re playing long shots, you have to get used to losing more times than you win. In late 1996, I was presenting the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast and was trying to get an on air job in the UK. The Sydney radio consultant I spoke to on […]


Fat Chancer

27May14

There is no such thing as an “Obesity Epidemic”. Obesity isn’t a disease, it’s caused by an over-active fork! If you’re fat, it’s YOUR own fault. You’re the one who is eating too much and not doing enough exercise. It’s not the government’s fault, it’s YOUR fault. The government can’t help you, only YOU can […]


Sometimes you get lucky, other times luck goes against you. Now and again both happen at once and cancel each other out. In late 1996, after three and a bit years working on commercial radio in Australia, I decided to see if I could get an on-air job in the UK. I found out that […]


Historically wars have been ended through a combination of tech and talk. From radar to the atom bomb, technology has always helped to end wars but they don’t end till there’s been talks. Tech and talk has also stopped wars from starting in the first place. Somehow, the tech and talk answer has been missed by […]


If you want to get on in life, it’s important to never let anyone else define what you’re capable of. After three and a bit years on commercial radio in Australia, I decided to find out if it would be possible for me to work on the radio in England. In late 1996, I was […]


Word of Mouse

21May14

I can’t understand why someone who works nine feet away from you in an open-plan office will lean over and say “I’ve just sent you an email”. Does office etiquette dictate that TALKING is to be kept to a bare minimum? I don’t know that much about working in an office because until I got […]


I loved living in Australia and never thought I’d ever move back to Britain. That all changed after a phone call in the early hours one morning. In 1996, I was presenting the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. I’d been working on the air in commercial radio in Australia […]


Sting sang, “Giant steps are what you take, walking on the moon”. He was right about that, the Moon is smaller than the earth and has much less mass so it pulls with less gravity. In fact, if you stood on the surface of the Moon, you would experience only 17% the force of gravity […]


Radio is an intimate medium and it becomes even more intimate at night. In 1996 I was on the air from 7pm to midnight on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It was basically a request show but the thing that made it work was when the callers told me WHY they wanted […]


The Cannes Film Festival has started this week on the French Riviera. And simultaneously, a film festival with the same name (but different spelling) is taking place in The Home Counties. If you listen to BOB fm, you’ll be able to see films in selected cinemas for free as long as you bring a CAN […]


I loved living in Australia and working on the radio there, I even became an Australian citizen, but to most Aussies, I was still a Pom. I remember one night in 1996, when I presented the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. I took a phone call on the air […]


Curry Favour

13May14

“You can’t eat Indian food for EVERY meal” is what Julie said to me when I told her that if I had my own way, that’s what I’d do. Hey, it’s Britain’s national dish! London now has more Indian restaurants than Mumbai or Delhi. It’s because of this that in our on-going quest to find […]


In 1996, the ratings were very kind to me and everyone else that worked at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It wasn’t such good news for Coast Rock, their numbers went down. Both stations had been bought by RG Capital and were now in the same building and being run by the […]


If you say you have an “open mind” to the possibility that some humans have paranormal powers, you actually have a closed mind. Your mind is closed to the fact that there is a total lack of evidence that such powers exist. If you think that there’s a chance that even one person on earth […]


I first found out how cut-throat commercial radio can be while I was at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. Before I got into radio, I thought the product that commercial radio sells is audio entertainment. Yes, that’s what the medium produces but that’s not what it sells. Commercial radio stations sell ears. […]


Canny!

08May14

At BOB fm, we’ve added ANOTHER cinema to our Can Film Festival. It’s a special film for kids! Bring a can of food for the local Food Bank and see the film for free! The Broadway Cinema in Letchworth are showing the animated feature, “Mr Peabody and Sherman” certificate (U) at 9.45am on Saturday 17th […]


When radio stations change owners, you can guarantee there’ll be job losses. The easiest and quickest way to increase profit is to reduce costs. While I was at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast, the radio station was bought by RG Capital, a company owned by the Australian media mogul, Reg Grundy. Not […]


Computer software doesn’t work. It never has, it always goes wrong. The scary thing is, no one really knows why or how to fix it. Turning your computer off and back on again isn’t the same as fixing it. That creates the illusion of repaired. Re-booting it makes the problem go away but how can […]


The thing I liked the most about working on the radio at night was the special bond that develops between the host and the listener. I’m sure that anyone who’s ever presented on the radio at night will say the same thing. Night-time listeners are the most loyal of all, you end up becoming part […]