How an air-conditioning mechanic in Sydney Australia became an award winning broadcaster in Britain; Part 163.


The odds of this happening must be astronomical but it happened in 2005 while I was at 2CRFM on England’s South Coast.

If you dialed the wrong number to a landline phone, what are the chances of the person you want to talk to actually being at the location you dialed by mistake, at that time?

A bloke called “Paul The Teacher” used to listen to me at BRMB in Birmingham. When I moved to the South Coast, he started listening to 2CRFM online. Paul also used to call us up on the Breakfast Show and sometimes we’d put him on the air. Our on-air number was 23 4000 which we said on the air as, “Twenty-three, four thousand”.

One morning we broadcast the Breakfast Show live from the grand opening of a new car dealership, Horizon Suzuki in Poole, Dorset.

During the first hour of the show, one of the salesmen said there was a call for me. I went to the phone and it was Paul. I told him that we couldn’t put him on the air directly from the dealership and if he wanted to be on the air he still had to call the studio number, twenty-three, four thousand.

Paul was confused, he said he hadn’t turned his computer on yet, wasn’t listening and had no idea that we weren’t in the studio that morning.

Paul had mis-dialed. Instead of calling twenty-three, four thousand, he’d called twenty-FOUR, three thousand but in a coincidence too bizarre to contemplate, twenty-four, three thousand, the number he’d dialed by mistake, was the brand new number of the brand new car dealership that opened that morning and was precisely where the person he wanted to talk to (me) was at that exact moment!

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