How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain; Part 103.


I wasted a lot of time in 1998, drinking.

I was presenting the Breakfast Show at 2CRFM in Dorset and at least once a week, myself and the rest of the Breakfast Show team would go out for lunch at the Manhattan Bar in Bournemouth’s Stakis hotel. I say “lunch”, we usually got there when they opened at 11am and would stay till about 3pm. We started with bottled lager served in ice buckets, moved on to darker beers and stouts and ended on single malt whiskeys.

Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the time these lunches were very productive. We had a tall Canadian in our team we called the “Eight Foot Canuck”. He stayed sober, made sure we all got home OK and wrote down the crazy ideas we came up with for the show that none of us could remember even talking about. One of the radio station’s sales team would also join in and often random strangers would pitch ideas. Another bloke who’s opinion we valued was Kevin McCormick, he ran the place and being Scottish was also a connoisseur of single malts.

Back then, we used to have lots of people just arrive at the radio station during the show and a lot of them used to bring drink with them, whiskey mainly. Friday’s shows were done in front of a live studio audience who sat in the studio opposite and watched through the glass. We miked it up, installed a disco ball and called it the Copacabana Lounge. People used to write in for tickets, so we’d make sure they got a cooked breakfast thanks to a local chef and another pub, “Bar Vin” made sure we had a fully stocked studio bar which included champagne, beer, wine and various spirits.

It was a lot of fun for quite a long time but it couldn’t last for ever. More on that in another Craic.

You can hear what it sounded like on the radio back then here:

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