How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain; Part 156.


Ever find yourself thinking about your dream job?

In late 2003, it looked like it was all over for me at 106 Century FM in the East Midlands of England. The station had changed format, the new boy/girl mid-morning show was throwing dirt and working hard to replace me and my contract was getting close to the end.

I had an idea one day when I was talking to my old mate Richie Firth on the phone. He was still at 2CR in Dorset. Richie had been my on-air side-kick and stayed at 2CR when I left in 1998. He said the Program Director at 2CR had just resigned. I didn’t tell Richie at the time but I thought, well, I’ve never been a Program Director before, maybe I should go for it.

I knew the only way I’d be interested would be if they let me go back on the Breakfast Show with Richie, so I’d be player/manager. It would be a lot of work but I’ve worked for a lot of idiots and as the American radio consultant Dan O’Day once said, “If I HAVE to work for an idiot, it might as well be me”.

I started to imagine the whole job in my mind. I still knew lots of the staff there, I could make my old producer Martyn Lee, Assistant PD and if I’m doing the Breakfast Show AND I’m the PD, I’m replacing TWO people so I should get TWO salaries, right?

There’s no way the owners would go for that, would they?

Find out what happened next in another Craic.

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