Archive for the ‘Australia’ Category

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 […]


Double Take!

07Jun16

You’re going to think I’ve made this up but I swear it’s true. Sam and Michelle left BOB fm a couple of weeks ago, they worked as sales executives. They’ve been replaced by two new people in the sales team. The new salespeople’s names are, “Sam” and “Michelle”. That’s right, Sam and Michelle have been […]


There will be many touching tributes to Muhammad Ali at his funeral on Friday but it’ll be hard to top what he said about himself. Muhammad Ali is the only celebrity I can think of that got away with telling everyone how great he was without making himself unlikeable. In fact the more he said […]


Sometimes you should look at the glass as half full. I got an email from James Cridland the other day. James is a British radio consultant who recently moved to Brisbane, Australia. He mentioned that 4BC, the talk station in Brisbane now has only one local presenter. The rest of the shows are networked from […]


When is a deal not a deal? At one UK radio station where I worked, after presenting the Breakfast show for about three years, I was told I was being moved to the afternoon Drive program. I still had about a year left on my contract, which clearly stated that the job was, “Breakfast show […]


The Queen’s birthday is confusing. This week, she turned 90 but although she was born on 21st April, her “official” birthday is in June. It’s a tradition that was started by George II in 1748 and it owes its origins to the ageless problem of the British weather. George was born in November and felt […]


“Most of the things I do are misunderstood. Hey, after all, being misunderstood is the fate of all true geniuses, is it not?” That quote comes from Howard Stern in his movie Private Parts. Maybe it’s a broadcasting thing, since I got into radio, I’ve constantly been misunderstood, right from the very start. In 1993, I […]


Sometimes I wonder how much impact I’ve had on radio listeners because I’ve moved around a lot. I never planned to move around so much but I’ve had to go where the work is. Every radio station I’ve worked at has been a long way from the previous one, usually hundreds of miles, sometimes thousands. […]


I thought I had no real connection to John Lennon until now… For most of the 80s and 90s I lived in Australia and New Zealand and used to impress the locals with the fact that I was born in the same hospital as John Lennon. I was the frontman in a 60s cover band […]


I used to get requests for previous calls as well as songs when I did a phone-in request show in Australia. In 1996, I was presenting a weekend show on 2GO, the local commercial radio station on the Central Coast of New South Wales. All afternoon I’d been giving away tickets to a rodeo, you […]


What have the health watchdog, NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) got against doctors? NICE claim that GPs are over-prescribing antibiotics and as a result we’re facing an “antibiotic apocalypse“, where long-forgotten infections could kill again, due to rising numbers of bugs that are now resistant. That sounds scary but it’s not […]


Enviro-Mental!

18Sep15

The British government and their friends, the large supermarkets, are encouraging the destruction of the planet and are charging YOU for the privilege. There’s now a 5p charge on supermarket plastic bags. A penny of that goes straight to the government as VAT. They say the policy will reduce litter, waste and protect wildlife. They […]


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 […]


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 […]


The first thing I had to get used to when I started working on commercial radio in Britain is that Program Directors are called Program Controllers. Their title, ‘Program Controller’ is abbreviated to “PC”. That’s confusing because PC is also the abbreviation for ‘Politically Correct’, ‘Police Constable’ and Personal Computer. Mind you, I’ve worked for […]


“You cost money, we MAKE money”. That’s what a radio sales person told me once at a radio station I presented the Breakfast Show on. That belief sums up what I was talking about in a blog a couple of days ago. Commercial radio is run by sales and marketing people. They’re the ones who […]


Music on the radio is messed with and it doesn’t always sound better. If a song has a wishy washy start it’ll be cued in so it starts at the bit where it really gets going. ‘Relax’ by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and UB40’s version of ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love” are just a couple […]


You should never have a conversation in a radio station that you wouldn’t want the boss to hear. At one of the stations I’ve worked at, some of the staff used to go into the production studio to bitch about the boss. I suppose they thought that as it was soundproof, no one could hear […]


Smart TV

25Oct14

Sometimes you forget how we used to watch TV. We don’t watch that much live telly anymore. We usually watch on-demand and catch up services online. We watch more stuff on the computer and iPads than we do on the actual TV set. Julie’s iPad needed a full factory re-set so was out of action […]


Every radio station I’ve worked at has had at least one unique feature that I wish they all had. My favorite was at 5SE Mount Gambier in South Australia. The last person you want in a commercial radio studio is someone from sales. I presented the Breakfast Show on 5SE between 1994 and 1995. Occasionally, a […]