How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain Part 66.


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 of a real community and some of them will go out of their way to help you.

From July 95 to February 97, I was on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast, weeknights from 7pm to midnight. One night a bloke called up and said, “Hey mate, I was at a garage sale at the weekend and they were selling a board game based on where you were born!” I’d made no secret on the air of the fact that I was originally from Liverpool in the north west of England. Although I was now an Australian citizen, a lot of my references and the football team I support come from there.

He told me that this board game had pictures of Liverpool sights on the box including a racecourse. I told him that would be Aintree where they run the Grand National and started to probe him for more information about the game that I’d never heard of but now desperately wanted to play.

A couple of hours later, he called back and told me, he’d been back to where the garage sale had been, no one was home so he’d snuck into the unlocked garage. Luckily the board game was still there so he’d left two dollars on the table, taken the game and had it with him. He asked if I wanted him to bring it to 2GO for me. I said, “Yes, that would be brilliant!” About half an hour later he arrived and grinning from ear to ear he presented me with the game.

I looked at the pictures of Liverpool on the box and not one of them was familiar. It turned out that the racecourse wasn’t Aintree, it was Warwick Farm which is located 30 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Liverpool, New South Wales!

Craic on!

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