Archive for December, 2014

When you have to move to a new town quickly, there isn’t time to fully research the best and worst areas to live. You can usually tell the rough bits from the nice bits by going there, but we slipped up in 2001. I got a job as Breakfast Show host on 106 Century FM, […]

Brain Child


Some parents give their kids way too much responsibility. One of them paid for that today. Julie works in retail, it’s a busy time of year. Things get slowed down when kids are involved in the transaction stage of a purchase. When paying by card, some parents get the child to put the card in […]

Sometimes you’ve just got to ask. I found myself in a tricky situation in 2001. I still had about a year to run on my contract at BRMB in Birmingham. I was out of favour there and had been moved to weekends. A deal I’d negotiated a couple of years earlier meant I was now […]

Face The Music.


Classical music is a con. On January 15th, a concert is taking place at London’s Cadogan Hall. It’s billed as, “The London Chamber Orchestra – Mozart and Beethoven”. Be warned, this show is another example of how classical musicians have been ripping off the public for years. The London Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1921. […]

Secrets don’t stay secrets for very long in radio. In 2001, I was presenting the 9 till noon show on BRMB in Birmingham. I still had over a year left to run on a three year deal and was being paid a stupid amount of money. The on-air lineup was changed every quarter and in […]

Fobbed Off!


I broke the law this week and I’m glad I did. My car key got damaged. The key blade and electronic guts of it were fine, I just needed a new key shell for the fob bit of it. I called around and the cheapest genuine key shell for my car from the dealer was […]

Sometimes you get help from the most unlikely source. Getting sacked is an occupational hazard in radio. Well, you don’t actually get fired, what happens is your contract isn’t renewed. The result is the same though, so there’s no point in being in denial about it, you’re sacked. Some people see being fired as a […]

The Sting.


I made a big mistake today and got stung by a scorpion. It wasn’t a real one, it was a metaphorical scorpion like the one in the fable of The Scorpion and the Frog. If you’re not familiar with it, it goes like this… A scorpion wants to cross a river, but he can’t swim. […]

You can’t buy happiness. In 2001, I’d been at BRMB for three years. In that time, a lot had changed. I’d outlasted two General Managers, a series of Program Directors and on-air lineup re-shuffles that meant every daypart but Breakfast had changed at least once. I’d been moved from a daily mid-morning show to weekends. […]

Here’s what commercial radio can learn from Monty Python. In “The Argument Sketch”, Michael Palin walks into an office and says to John Cleese, “Is this the right room for an argument?”. Cleese replies, “Look, I’ve told you once!” and an argument begins. The “argument” soon breaks down into an exchange of, “Oh yes I […]

Sorry seems to be the hardest word. At one of the first Morning Show Boot Camps I attended in the USA, there was a session called “What To Do When You Mess Up”. On the panel were members of on-air teams that had made BIG mistakes. One show had used the ‘N’ word on the […]

The less you do, the fewer mistakes you’ll make. If you don’t do anything, you won’t make any mistakes. If you don’t make any mistakes, they’ll make you the boss. Then if you make mistakes, you can blame someone else. Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at If you enjoyed this Craic, […]