Archive for the ‘Beatles’ Category

I had a chat with the broadcasting legend Tony Prince. He talked about meeting Elvis in Las Vegas, the truth about Colonel Tom Parker and Tony’s early life and career that took him from spinning discs and introducing the Beatles in a northern ballroom to broadcasting to an international audience of 100 million on Radio […]


Mack Nuggets

29Jun17

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BBC Radio Merseyside lately, including: A Father’s Day story; Using the wrong word; Dress-alike stories; Donald And Melania Trump’s; The lady responsible for the skiffle boom that started it all; Aunty Hazel calls in; Mistaken identity; Meeting a musical hero, Ray Ennis from The Swinging Blue Jeans; Harsh […]


London Calling

08May17

In Episode 31 of my show for America: Why Britain doesn’t have a government right now; Have-a-go heroes; How to save the planet; Is snooker a sport?; Why S-Town is one of the worst podcasts ever made; Chris White from the Zombies talks about the problems the band had in the Philippines, making Odessey & […]


London Calling

12Apr17

In Episode 28 of London Calling; Chris White from The Zombies talks about the current US tour and how the band got started.  I also talk about Brexit Britain at war with Spain, how the UK condones gender apartheid in Saudi Arabia, delivery Disasters, cat pee scented candles, a caught on camera story and why […]


Records are not coming back and neither are cassettes! We keep hearing that both of these formats are returning but if you look closer, you’ll realise that they’re not. Last year vinyl accounted for only 5% of music sales. That might sound like a lot until you accept that most music isn’t being bought, it’s […]


Gangsta Rap

10Sep16

The really cool music of any time period looks like it’s being performed by gang members. The Rock ‘n’ Rollers of the 50s, with their greased back hair, looked like they belonged to a gang. In the late 60s and early 70s, long haired rock stars looked like Hell’s Angels and the rappers of today […]


According to the bible “censuses are immoral” – and God killed 70,000 innocent counted Jews to punish David for counting them… It’s interesting that the latest census information we have shows that atheism is more popular in Britain than any religion. The figures show that the proportion of the population who identify themselves as having […]


I had the honor and privilege of appearing on the PodcastOne international hit podcast “Up Close and Far Out” this week with the wonderful Michael Harrison from Talkers.com. The Talkers.com website described it as,”…an extensive chat with Graham Mack, the personable “breakfast show” host and program director of independent music and talk station BOB-FM located in the […]


Everyone in Liverpool has a story. Today I went to Bootle to get my car’s air-conditioning re-charged. I met a bloke called Ian Parkinson from CoolCar. While Ian hooked up his gauges and vacuum pump, I got my phone out to check some emails. That’s when Ian noticed the Liver Bird on my home screen. […]


The thing I like the most about Liverpool is the people. Scousers tend to come across as either hard knocks or comedians but deep down they are the warmest, most generous and caring people you’ll ever meet. As I’ve been spending a lot of time in the city lately, I have come up with a […]


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 […]


Brexit Poll

24Feb16

Ever wonder what other European countries think of the UK? With a vote on our continued membership of the EU coming up on June 23rd, I thought you’d like to see what one German thinks of us. Martin is 20 and a media student from Wendlingen just outside Stuttgart. He’s been working as an intern […]


This Craic appears in issue 220 of the Liverpool fanzine, Red All Over The Land. I have to admit that when John Pearman, the editor of Red All Over The Land asked me to review a new Beatles book for the fanzine, I was expecting something a bit lighter. I don’t mean the content, I […]


If you listen to Beatles singles, you’ll notice how clever their producer, George Martin, was at grabbing the listener’s attention at the very beginning. ‘The Beatles 1’, is getting the deluxe reissue treatment this autumn. It contains all 27 number one hit singles. All of the songs start with something designed to grab your attention. […]


I can’t believe how fast we used to play everything! Today I found an old VHS tape of the first proper band I was in. It was 1986, I was 22 and lived in New Zealand. We played mainly 60s beat group covers. The band was called “Liverpool Direct”, which “suggested” that we were on […]


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 […]


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 […]


Before I go on the radio every day, I meditate. I like to joke that it’s because it’s better than sitting around doing nothing but I really do get a lot out of it. I find that afterwards I can focus on things easier. Doing nothing helps me get more done and little things don’t […]


I’m not sure Julie was fully prepared for the experience of going to her first English Premier League football match. Julie and I grew up on opposite sides of the world. We met in her home town of Whangarei, New Zealand which at the time had a population of around 40,000. Julie came from a […]


Thank you to everyone involved in BOBisphere 2014. In case you missed it, some of the biggest names in rock and pop played live in the grounds of Knebworth House. It was an exclusive show for BOB. A crowd in excess of a hundred and twenty thousand were entertained by Status Quo, Bruno Mars, Lady […]