How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain; Part 91.


Sometimes sleep deprivation makes me act like a crazy person.

In 1997, I was the Breakfast Presenter at 2CRFM in Bournemouth. Julie and I rented a one bedroom, ground-floor flat in Boscombe. One night the people in the flat upstairs had a party that went on past midnight. Lying there trying to get to sleep three hours before I was due to get up and go to work, I noticed that the music they were playing was interspersed with IDs for 2CRFM. I was being kept awake by the sound of the very radio station I worked for! One of the things keeping me up was MY voice on the daily promo for the Breakfast Show which came around every hour!

Overnight, we didn’t have a local program, it was a show networked in from Bristol and the computer played all of the local jingles, IDs and commercials from our studios which were a mile away from where we lived.

Instead of going upstairs and knocking on the door to tell them to turn it down, I got in the car, drove to the radio station, went into the on air studio, dipped the network fader, opened the mike and said, “This is the police with a special message for the residents of flat 6, in the block on the corner of Owls Road and Church Road in Boscombe. If you don’t turn the music off immediately, we will raid the premises. We know illegal drugs are being used so turn the music off now or go to jail”.

When I got home, flat 6 was silent.

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