Archive for August, 2015

It’s one of the most awkward things I’ve ever heard amplified through a public address system. Sometimes I’ve been forced to work with people who have very little self awareness. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have anything to do with these people. The problem is no one knows that, they think I chose to associate with these […]


Mind Games.

30Aug15

I got a fright this week. About three weeks ago my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. His brother’s got it and before they died, his two sisters had it. I’m worried that it might run in the family, so I got Julie to book me an appointment for me to see my doctor. Fast forward […]


I didn’t set out to become a famous car salesman when I decided to get into radio but that’s what happened in 1994. My second ever paid job on commercial radio was at 5SE in South Australia. As well as presenting the Breakfast Show, I was also presenting TV commercials for a local supermarket called […]


Gun Crazy.

27Aug15

After this latest gun tragedy in the United States there will be more calls for gun law reform in the U.S. The gun lobby will once again remind us that the right to bear arms is protected in the constitution. The problem is the interpretation of the Second Amendment to the constitution and specifically the […]


Once, when planning my exit, I made quite an entrance. Whenever I show up for a live appearance, the first thing I look for is how I’m going to get out. At large outdoor events, If you don’t have an exit plan, you can find yourself trapped there for a long time after your bit […]


In this one we talk about tourist photography, not being allowed to take a selfie and answer the question, what is art? Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. If you’d like to talk to me about it, call me on +44 […]


“The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him… The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw. In 1994, I was the host of the Breakfast Show on 5SE in South Australia. I used to have to read live commercials for a […]


There’s a copyright claim against one of the videos I put on Youtube recently. Youtube uses software that automatically detects if copyrighted music is used in any of the videos you publish. In 1986, I lived in New Zealand and was in a 60s cover band called Liverpool Direct. A video of us doing a […]


The big difference between working in radio and and working in television is the time everything takes. In radio, things happen fast. You have an idea, grab some music and sound effects and away you go. In television there’s make-up, lighting, costumes and so many people involved, I don’t know what they all do. In […]


Amy’s disastrous love life, freaks that make inappropriate suggestions online, memories of refinery construction work and appearing live on New Zealand television. That’s what we talk about in this one. Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. If you’d like to talk […]


You don’t realise how many people don’t have a right hand until you try to shake hands with 100,000 people. That’s what I did between July 2006 and May 2010. It was a ‘meet every listener’ type stunt when I was the Breakfast Presenter at TFM Radio in the North East. I gave everyone I […]


Box Clever.

17Aug15

Sometimes you have to bend the rules. Today I found an old VHS tape of the first time I sang on live television. It was 1990, I was the lead singer in The Misfits, a New Zealand pub rock band. In the winter, TVNZ used to have a live Telethon. We sent them a demo […]


I got the feeling things had come full circle in 2008. Before I got into radio, in fact before I became an air-conditioning mechanic, I worked as a pipefitter on an oil refinery construction site in New Zealand. I was 18 when I first started on the site, it was 1983. I stayed there till […]


Ryan Unfair.

15Aug15

I don’t usually follow rules to the letter, so when I do, I don’t expect to get in trouble. When I flew with Ryanair from Dublin back to London Luton last week, I made sure my bag was the correct dimensions to qualify as “cabin baggage”. There are lots of reasons why having no bags […]


The show did go on! One day in 2007, The Graham Mack Blues Band were booked to play at Mr Kyps in Poole, Dorset. The only problem was, I was living over 300 miles away in the North East and the musicians that made up the band there, weren’t available on that night. I called […]


Radio Ga Ga.

12Aug15

The great thing about being on the radio is that you can’t be seen. At this year’s Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago I had an embarrassing moment when I wished I was invisible. Morning Show Boot Camp is an annual event where around three hundred breakfast radio show hosts get together to learn and get […]


The show must go on! That’s the first rule of show business. From July 2006 till May 2010 I lived in the North East. I was the host of the Breakfast Show on TFM Radio. I was also the front man of The Graham Mack Blues Band. All of the musicians in the band lived […]


In this one we talk about embarrassing moments at Morning Show Boot Camp in Chicago, Johnathon Brandmeier’s unusual obsession with his eyewear, the inspirational BJ Shea, Todd Pettengill, Kidd Kraddick and smuggling a bag onto a Ryanair flight. Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If you enjoyed this Craic, please click […]


On the flight back from Chicago, I edited together some of my favourite bits from BOB fm this year. I hope some of your favourites are on here too. There’s the naked contestant, the electronic mutiny, when life imitates Monty Python in the prison service, our Nazi Queen, the smell of fake leather, random acts […]


I’m in Chicago for Talentmasters 27th Annual Morning Show Boot Camp. It’s where hundreds of Breakfast Show presenters from across America come to learn and be inspired. I’ve been talking to some of the attendees and people who spoke at the event. In this audio you’ll find out just how long you get to grab […]