How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain; Part 84.


One of the things I liked the most about presenting the Breakfast Show on 2CR in Bournemouth in 1997 was just how flexible things were. It meant that we could change anything we did to suit the attitude and personality of the show. 

The station was owned by a company called GWR. They had a number of benchmark features that every one of their thirty-five radio stations around the country did on the air.

One of the contests we had to do was called, “The Secret Sound”. We played a quick bit of audio every morning, then listeners called up and took turns to guess what it was. Every day that went by without the sound being guessed made the amount of money you could win go up. The same sound remained un-guessed for months.

There was nothing wrong with the game itself and it was popular but the name of it, “The Secret Sound” was rubbish. We ended up changing the name of the contest to the most popular answer given each morning because were were sick of people calling up with the same guess.

So at ten past seven, weekday mornings on 2CR FM, I announced that it was now time to play our game called, “Is It A Stapler?”

Craic on!

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