Archive for the ‘Australia’ Category

Julie and I moved to Britain from Australia in February 1997, so I could present the Breakfast Show on 2CRFM in Dorset. Since then, we’ve lived in every region of England, because I’ve presented radio programs in the North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands, South West, South East and South Coast. You’ve got […]


I should be in Africa right now. In May I got an email from a bloke called “James” asking me how much I would charge to speak at “Radio Week” in Uganda. Apparently it’s a three day conference for people working at radio stations in East Africa. It’s taking place right now at the Imperial […]


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 […]


Mack Nuggets

28Dec17

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BBC Radio Merseyside lately: The party without a DJ. A houseguest from hell. A bonfire night surprise. The baggage handler who went nuts. Cultural differences. A fancy dress story. Buyers remorse. Revenge on Henry Ford. The fourth dimension. A tribute to Keith Chegwin. Caught the bus, should have […]


Beware of the tolerance paradox! Australians have voted to legalise same sex marriage. In a national survey, 61.6% of voters voted yes to a change in the law, 38.4% were opposed. Almost 40% of those who voted were against a change in the law. This morning I watched an interview on Sky News with lady […]


Firework Dismay

02Nov17

Why is it legal to buy explosives in Britain? On November 5th, we celebrate “Bonfire Night”. Every year, around 1,000 people visit hospitals for treatment of firework-related injuries. Half of the injuries are to under-18s. Since 1996, four people have been killed in firework accidents in the UK. I lived in Australia for almost seven […]


Britain’s budget shop, ‘Poundland’ has been hit with a backlash because it sells Peanut M&M knock-offs called ‘Nutters’. The packets have three peanut-shaped cross-eyed cartoon characters on them with their mouths wide open. Mental health campaigners say that they are “offensive” and have called for Poundland to stop selling them. We live in a strange […]


True Brit

06Sep17

“British jobs for British workers”. – That’s basically what the leaked blueprint for Brexit looks like. The Home Office, plans to slam the door on thousands of unskilled EU migrants. The idea that migrants are stealing British jobs is false and based entirely on prejudice. The UK unemployment rate is currently the lowest it’s been […]


Convoys of driverless trucks will be on British roads soon. The Government is going to pay for trials of semi-autonomous goods vehicles. A human will drive the lead truck which will be followed by drone trucks piloted by computers. Now they could just have one truck pulling a couple of trailers like they do in Australia, […]


Usually radio stations are programmed to appeal to their target audience. That isn’t always the case. I found that out in my first on-air gig at 2PK, Parkes in the Central west of New South Wales, Australia in 1993. There was a broadcasting regulation that meant that if the town you broadcast from didn’t have […]


Some decisions that radio station Program Directors make baffle me. I’ve worked on music stations where you weren’t allowed to play two female artists back-to-back, a station where I was told to play more music in the afternoon because there weren’t enough songs being played at breakfast time and a station that sped up all […]


Julie knows that being a radio wife can be challenging at times. In Part 227 I mentioned an event that was put on by 5SE Mount Gambier in South Australia when I presented the Breakfast Show there. Julie has no memory of this event, probably because she wasn’t invited. Over the years she has missed […]


Radio Ga Ga

23Oct16

“You’re not paying me to play saxophone, you’re paying me to be Clarence Clemons”. Clarence was the sax player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. According to Penn Jillette on last week’s Penn’s Sunday School podcast, “You’re not paying me to play saxophone, you’re paying me to be Clarence Clemons” is what Clarence told Bruce […]


I’ve never understood the point of mascots. If a sport needs to have an adult walking around in a foam suit to make it entertaining, maybe the sport isn’t that exciting to start with. There’s a new comedy film on Netflix, set in the world of sports mascots, called ‘Mascots’. It reminded me of a […]


Mack Nuggets

04Sep16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately… Inappropriate laughter; A bizarre wrong number; A leopard in the hotel room; If it’s got boobs or wheels, it’ll give you problems; Why Nancy won’t go back to London; 20 years since Oasis played Knebworth; Why the Daily Mail is great; Show us your tats; Is […]


Time and Temp

22Aug16

There’s one thing about working on the radio in Britain that’s the opposite way around to how it was when I worked on the air in Australia. Every radio station I worked on in Oz had a gauge in the on-air studio that showed you the outside temperature. At the end of weather forecasts on […]


It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 20 years since I started on the air at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It was the last commercial radio station I worked on in Australia, I left in 1997 and moved to Britain. Here’s some of my favourite callers from my 2GO […]


One of the big differences between working on the radio in Australia and working here in the UK is the studio mixing desks. When you start a new on-air job, you have to quickly get used to the studio mixing desk, or the “desk”. That’s what it’s called in the UK, in Australia it’s called […]


Mack Nuggets

08Jul16

This is what I’ve been up to on BOBfm recently, including: Paula Abdul gets puked on; Your feelings over Brexit and the English football team; The longest day; Why you should never ride a bike naked; The Avocado crime wave; Kids don’t get the freedom we got to create great memories; Food served but not […]


Mack Nuggets

12Jun16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately, including: How Nancy got wound up by her husband for 25 years; How bad Chris Evans was on Top Gear; Australia is BIG; Navigational nightmares; Why I don’t trust Cambridge; The truth about plain cigarette packaging; Strange ways you’ve injured yourself; What you got up […]