Archive for May, 2015

If you still buy a physical newspaper, you are either old or don’t have access to the internet. I can’t remember the last time I bought one, or even read one on actual paper. I get all of my news online. I realised this week that I’ve done the same with radio. In the car, […]

Radio presenters work on the outskirts of show business. Sometimes we’re asked to appear on stage. These appearances never go well. One of the worst ones I ever did was one afternoon in 1998 when I was working at 2CRFM in Dorset. A shopping centre in Poole booked my co-host, Richie Firth and I to […]

The railways in Britain are rubbish. Half a million people have taken to Twitter in the last 12 months to shame the train companies responsible. This has led to people calling for the railways to be re-nationalised. That is not the answer. The problem is, they’re not private enough. Capitalism works because free-market competition forces […]

Sometimes you get a nickname because of a mistake. In 2005, I was the Program Director at 2CRFM on England’s South Coast. From time to time we had work experience kids with us. One of the keenest was a bloke, barely out of his teens called Jimmy Luff. Jimmy was desperate to go on the […]

This week, Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron announced plans to fast-track new powers to tackle radicalisation and set out his intention to include a new counter-extremism bill in his Queen’s Speech later this month. It’s all because the fear of religious extremists has reached a new high. But it’s an irrational fear. According to statistics […]

When you broadcast from outside the safety of a radio studio, anything can happen. Unfortunately in commercial radio, sometimes the sales team will sell a client a package for an outside broadcast then once the deal is signed, expect everything to magically come together on the day with no planning whatsoever. The salesperson that drops […]

It’s easy for people to get the wrong idea. I drink a lot of coffee while I’m on the radio. I drink it black with no sugar and I’m happy with instant, I’ve got a jar of it stashed in the studio. I spoon it into a mug and run out to the kitchen now […]