How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain; Part 141.


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, the regional station for the East Midlands. The radio station was based in Nottingham, so that’s where we moved to from Birmingham. We learned a great trick for finding the best flats to rent. You find a new development that’s just been built, get in touch with the people who are selling the apartments in it and ask if they’ve sold any to people who were buying to let. They give you their details and you get to see brand new apartments before they’ve even been advertised.

That’s how we found a brand new, top floor, penthouse apartment in Nottingham. It was amazing, on a hill by a reservoir with views of the city. The area looked good and the apartment block was surrounded by lots of big houses.

We started to have our doubts when we noticed skinny girls who weren’t exactly dressed for the weather, hanging around on the street outside the building. A few weeks after we moved in our car got broken into and in the spring, in clear view of the kids from the school behind us, prostitutes were having sex with their clients in the bushes under our balcony.

It turned out that the part of Nottingham we lived in, St Annes was the red light area and the drug & gun crime capital of Nottingham. At the time Nottingham had the highest crime rate in Britain, it was number one for everything from car crime, shootings and murder. It seemed like every week on our news on 106 Century FM there was a report of someone being shot, sometimes fatal, usually in St Annes.

I used to joke on the air that because we were so far inland, on still days the only wind we got was the breeze from stray bullets.

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