Archive for the ‘1960s’ Category

Here’s how to be offensive on the radio without getting into trouble with Ofcom. Ofcom are the government body that regulates and licences broadcasting in the UK. They have effectively banned the song ‘Melting Pot’ by Blue Mink. They’ve found Black Diamond FM in breach of its radio licence after complaints were received about the […]


Mack Nuggets

03Aug19

This is what I got up to on Radio Merseyside from 2016 to 2018, including: The end of the world; What Charlie said; Ricky Tomlinson talks about Mickey Finn; Liverpool’s zoo; Andrew Neil gets taken down; Connections to celebrity; Roger McGough talks about the Blitz; a journey from hell; The real reason why Liverpool fans […]


I thought I was going to be killed by an armed policeman this week. As you can see by the video above, Fix Radio recorded a promotional film with “Boris Johnson” at Downing Street. We didn’t have permission and as I was in charge, an officer with a very large automatic weapon asked me what […]


Smart Arse!

14Jul19

The greatest legacy of the first moon landing is the inspiration it gives to us all. 50 years ago this month, Apollo 11 touched down in the Sea of Tranquillity. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the surface.  I was five years old when I watched the grainy black and […]


I’m looking forward to Thursday (18th April). The wonderful John Pearman, the editor of the Liverpool Fanzine ‘Red All Over The Land’, has invited me to host a great night at Longcliffe Golf Club in Loughborough. John was heavily involved with local football teams in the East Midlands, including Thorpe Acre, in the 1960’s and […]


It was the coat that gave it away. It wasn’t even that nice a coat, a grey, rumpled overcoat that wouldn’t look good on anybody. On Monday, sat opposite me on the 18:17 from London St Pancras to Peterborough via Hitchin, was the multi-award-winning playwright, screenwriter, actor and author, Alan Bennett. At first I wasn’t […]


Paris is the city of love, so where better for Julie and I to go and celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary? If you’re planning to visit the most romantic city on earth, I hope this blog will give you some ideas and inspiration for your trip. After work on Friday night we got on the […]


London Calling

20Apr18

In the latest episode of my show for America, Engelbert talks about coping with his wife’s Alzheimer’s, his new album, singing with his granddaughter, how he got started in show business, his friendship with Elvis and Dean Martin and why he doesn’t talk to Tom Jones anymore. As well as that, a preview of my […]


You can learn a lot about the reaction to the gender pay gap from westerns. In most western movies, the plot revolves around the quest to right wrongs. Sheriff’s, Marshalls, members of posses and lone gunslingers set out to avenge a wrongful death, protect ranchers from rustlers or just get even. Exposing the gender pay […]


Engelbert talks about coping with his wife’s Alzheimer’s, his new album, singing with his granddaughter, how he got started in show business, his friendship with Elvis and Dean Martin and why he doesn’t talk to Tom Jones anymore. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. Listen to the […]


It’s a real time of transition for Julie and I. We moved to the UK twenty-one years ago and in all of that time, we’ve always rented. Right now we’re in the process of buying a flat. It’s a new-build so it’s small. That means we have to say goodbye to a lot of cool […]


Tree of Life

17Mar18

Have you ever thought about how amazing trees are? I know you’re going to think I’ve lost my mind but I’m starting to get the feeling that spending time with trees might be the key to greatness. Percy Shaw is the man who invented “cat’s eyes”, the reflectors you see at night in the road […]


Control Freaks

28Feb18

A lot of people voted for Brexit so that Britain could, “take back control” but what does control look like? Right now, politicians from both sides are trying to make it look like Britain can control Brexit. There’s a lot of talk about the customs union. Which is a thing that means all EU countries […]


What’s going on with UKIP? Here’s my favorite tweet this week, it’s from Nick Walker, “I’m about halfway through a bottle of Fairy washing up liquid that has outstayed three UKIP leaders”. The UK Independence party has had seven leaders since 2011. UKIP exist because it’s Eurosceptic , they campaigned for Brexit, meaning their MEPs […]


London Calling

08Feb18

In the latest episode of my show for America, Tony Hendra the English writer and actor, talks about how he went from wanting to be a monk to becoming a satirist, working with Graham Chapman from Monty Python, moving to America in the 60s, opening for Lenny Bruce, appearing on the Ed Sullivan show and […]


There’s a sports car on the way to Mars! It’s the most exciting thing to happen in space since we sent people to the moon. I watched the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy last night and it was mind blowing. When the two booster rockets landed simultaneously it looked like a scene from Thunderbirds. […]


Mack Nuggets

05Feb18

Here’s what I’ve ben up to on BOBfm lately, including: The talking whale. Stories of coincidence. Siri doesn’t work. Skiving. How to fix Britain’s trains. Who has the biggest red button? A school trip story. Lana Del Rey is a thief and so is Radiohead. Is Theresa May the worst Prime Minister we’ve ever had? […]


London Calling

23Jan18

In the latest episode of my show for America; Who will be the Guest of the Year? Hear from the finalists; Peter Frampton, Slim Jim Phantom from The Stray Cats, Dominic Monaghan from ‘Lost’ and ‘Lord Of The Rings’ and Mike Brewer from Wheeler Dealers. As well as that; Skiving, the real reason Rupert Murdoch […]


Free speech is under attack in Britain again. Less than a week after I was forced to apologize to the Prime Minister for saying she’s weak, Ben Bradley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Mansfield has been forced to apologize for a blog he wrote in 2012. Here’s what he wrote, “Sorry but how many […]


Here’s what is written in the latest edition of TALKERS magazine; British Talk Show Host and TalkersRadio Personality Graham Mack Forced to Apologize for On Air Statement that PM Theresa May “Has No Balls.”  It is always fascinating to compare and contrast American radio with broadcasting in other English-speaking countries when it comes to tolerance, freedom […]