Archive for June, 2015

Tight schedules and small windows of opportunity can create a lot of stress. Every time I get a new radio job, Julie and I have to move house, quickly, usually hundreds of miles. The first thing we have to do each time is find somewhere to live. In June 2006 I got offered the Breakfast […]


On sunny days like today, why do people keep telling me that the weather is “glorious”? I don’t get it, I’d rather stay in. Don’t get me wrong, I like it when it’s warm and bright but I prefer it when it’s warm and bright INSIDE. How come when a room is warm and well lit, […]


You never know how your family is going to react when you appear on national TV. In 2003, I was invited to appear on Ready Steady Cook. When it was broadcast, I was surprised by the reaction from my parents. I talked about it on the radio station I was working on at the time […]


Webshite

22Jun15

Websites should not load anything until they load EVERYTHING. I’ve lost count of the times when I’ve clicked on a link on a site that hasn’t fully loaded and have ended up clicking the wrong thing. It’s because, in the microsecond between deciding to click and actually clicking, the website loads up a bit more […]


I nearly ended up on Big Brother in the spring of 2006. After two and a half years as the Program Director & Breakfast Show host at 2CRFM on England’s South Coast, I handed in my notice because I’d been offered a new gig hosting the Breakfast Show at TFM Radio in Teesside in the […]


Apple Music is coming to 100 countries later this month. What will it mean for commercial radio? Apple’s radio stations, just like iTunes, are forms of distribution. Is that the business radio is in? Well, yes, commercial music radio stations are in the distribution business, not the content business. They use most of their air […]


I’ve mentioned before that when you leave the safety of a radio studio, things always go wrong. People who organise live events make the mistake of booking radio presenters to ‘host’ them. Radio presenters work on the outskirts of showbusiness. That means they don’t have an ‘act’. All they can do is introduce things and […]


My mum has always said that if her house was on fire the only thing she’d run back in to get would be the home movies. Actually she didn’t call them “home movies” they were always called the “cine films”. Not long after my parents were married, their house was burgled and my father’s still […]


Commercial radio in Australia is more cutthroat than here in the UK. It took me a while to adjust. In Australia, winning at all costs is the only goal. Unfortunately, not all of the bosses I’ve worked for in the UK appreciate that. For your radio station’s ratings to go up, someone else’s have to […]


Why does our cat Memphis hate it when cars park across the road from our flat? He sits in the window and growls at them. He doesn’t mind if they drive down the street and he’s not bothered if cars park further up the road. I noticed today that there are double yellow lines next […]


You can tell a lot about a person by the nickname they are given behind their back. I once had a boss who, to this day, is the most dishonest person I’ve ever met. Even when he got caught in a lie, he would say, “Oh I do apologize!” He never actually said the word, […]