Archive for January, 2015

Breakfast radio always sounds best when you add a degree of unpredictability. In a previous Craic, I mentioned that in 2003, while I was at 106 Century FM in the East Midlands, we tried to get a horse into the on air studio. At that same station, we created chaos one morning when we had […]


We all judge but we don’t always get it right because perception is not reality. I went into a newspaper shop today and stood behind a nice old lady. She wasn’t being served, the shopkeeper was on the phone. It looked as if she was waiting for the shopkeeper to get off the phone so […]


I always feel sorry for radio station bosses. They have to be Captain Sensible when things get out of hand. Often they arrive at work at precisely the time when the most hard to explain things are happening on the Breakfast Show. In 2003, I was the Breakfast Presenter at 106 Century FM in the […]


I nearly managed to cheer myself up this weekend. I’ve been miserable lately, not because of anything specific, just various things which include an insect bite that’s been bothering me all week. I don’t know what bit me on the tummy, all I know is I’ve reacted to it in a bad way and it’s […]


Doing something cool is only cool when people notice. Sometimes I get to broadcast from outside the studio. In 2003, I presented a week of shows from Las Vegas. They went out live on 106 Century FM in the East Midlands of England. We broadcast from the High Rollers Suite on the top floor of […]


Enviro-mental!

21Jan15

I was left with no choice but to do something very bad for the environment on Sunday. Shopping on a Sunday afternoon is never a good idea. Even the so-called 24 hour supermarkets close at 4pm because of laws that were brought in to appease Sabbatarian Christians. If you’ve ever had to go supermarket shopping […]


Even the best on-air promotions can be made better with a small tweak. With Valentines Day coming up soon, I’m reminded of the best Valentine’s Day promotion I’ve ever been involved in. If I ever get the chance to do it again though, I’ll do it slightly differently. The promotion was called “Valentines in Vegas”. […]


I’m not a Sabbatarian Christian so why do I have to run around and make sure all of my supermarket shopping is done by 4pm on a Sunday? Supermarket shopping on Sundays in England is made more stressful thanks to the Sunday Trading Act. It should be called the PREVENTION of Trading Act because it’s […]


Breakfast radio shows work best when they’re based on a true story. It means you have to put as much of your personal life on the air as you’re comfortable with. It helps if you’ve got someone on the air with you who’s going through some interesting things and is happy to share. In 2003 […]


I hope they never invent a car that runs on water, I couldn’t afford to run it. I filled my car up with petrol today and paid £1.04 per litre. In the same petrol station I bought two 500ml bottles of water, they cost £1.05 each. One litre of petrol = £1.04 One litre of […]


Breakfast radio is live, because of that things don’t always go exactly the way you planned. In 2002, I was the host of the Breakfast Show on 106 Century FM in the East Midlands. Darren Fletcher was our sports reporter and he was having trouble with his dog. Kobe was a mental chocolate labrador and […]


I was really moved watching the reports coming from Paris and around the world at the weekend. Millions of people came together to stage defiant marches in tribute to the 17 people killed in the terror attacks in France. It was great to see so many people calling for unity. In the past, after a […]


With so many conspiracy theories floating around on what’s really behind the latest Paris attacks, it reminds me of that other event in Paris in 1997 that conspiracy theorist are still talking about, the death of Princess Diana. At the time, I presented the Breakfast Show on 2CR FM on England’s South Coast. Two things […]


Two of the biggest things that influence women come from their childhood. They are the story of Cinderella and a belief in fairies. The Cinderella factor explains why they hate housework and have an obsession with shoes. Their belief in fairies is the reason they take so long to drive off after filling up with […]


“I can’t believe you’ve done something so unprofessional!” That’s what the Music Director of the radio station said to me one morning after my Breakfast Show. It happened over ten years ago at a large regional radio station. The Breakfast Show team and I always liked to proudly announce that, “Our show is based on […]


Ofcon Artists!

07Jan15

The Office of Communications (Ofcom) must be desperate to justify their existence and the cost of their extravagant Thames-side offices and top-heavy salary bill. A virtually unknown London community radio station called Resonance 104.4 FM has found itself in trouble with Ofcom after broadcasting a programme on the day of the Scottish Referendum encouraging people […]


In 2002, an amazing coincidence occurred at 106 Century FM in the East Midlands that helped me briefly fool most of the staff there. At the time, there was more bed hopping at the radio station than at a 70s key party. The partner of one of the presenters worked in sales and had cheated […]


Happy New Year!

04Jan15

Here we go into another year, I hope you like what I’ve got to say in the Craic in 2015 and beyond. Thanks for listening as well. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I’m live with Amy and Chris on BOB fm in the UK on FM and DAB and around the world online. […]


In 2001 I learned a great lesson about perspective. I made a series of programs for Carlton Television called “Trading Places”, which went out on ITV. They took people from different walks of life and gave them a disability for a week. As I work with sound, they made me deaf. It’s actually difficult to […]


2014 in review

01Jan15

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many […]