Archive for the ‘Broadcasting’ Category

“Just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy”.  – That’s just one of many misconceptions that are used as excuses for not going vegan.  At Fix Radio, another one of the blokes I work with went vegan this week. That means four out of the nine men in our office now only eat plant based […]


It’s time to ban all abbreviations. Sometimes the abbreviation takes longer to say than the actual words. Stephen Fry pointed out that World Wide Web contains less syllables than “double-you double-you double-you”. Then there are the short words that are abbreviated. What’s the point of using @ instead of “at”? It still means you have […]


This is how Fix Radio celebrated National Tradesman’s Day this year. It’s a day that honors the men and women who use their skills and hard work build and maintain the world we live in. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets […]


This is what happened when I spoke to a bloke who was protesting outside Britain’s suspended Parliament. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video    


Mack Nuggets

31Aug19

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Fix Radio lately including: Piper and her screaming son; A football story; The watch scam; A fart at a funeral; Mark The Shark; Darren and the disrespectful driver. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets […]


Strictly Come Dancing will take over Saturday nights on BBC 1 again this autumn. A few years ago I got to interview one of the hosts, Tess Daly. I was on BOBfm in Hertfordshire with Amy Stevenson and Tess was on a line from London. As you’ll hear, it didn’t go well… Craic on! If […]


Mack Nuggets

18Aug19

Congratulations to Gaz Drinkwater who’s co-presenting a great new show on BBC Radio Manchester called “Talking Balls”. If you’re into Manchester United or City, I bet you’ll enjoy it, listen here; https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07hnl2b/episodes/player As I’m a Liverpool fan and Gaz is Man United, we didn’t talk about football much when we presented the Breakfast Show on […]


Mack Nuggets

04Aug19

The longest I’ve ever stayed at the same radio station is five years. That was BOBfm in Herts, Beds and Bucks. Here’s some of my favourite bits from my last two years there, including: Disaster at Titanic the Musical; A stuck story; The ultimate protest song; Miscommunication; What was on the roof of the car?; […]


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 […]


Mack Nuggets

28Jul19

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Fix Radio lately, including: A brush with wildlife, HiDef Radio, Why paper bags are important, The Queen drops an F-bomb, The festival of sex, Toilet wall graffiti, Sexism, When Darren got thrown out. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. Listen […]


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 […]


Johnny B, Good!

07Jul19

They say you should never meet your heroes. I don’t agree, working in radio, I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of mine and it doesn’t matter if they’re a footballer, actor or musician, usually it’s been a great experience and they’ve been everything I’d hoped they would be. One bloke in particular stands out […]


Radio Reception

06Jul19

We’ve been invited to a wedding! My old boss from BOBfm, Brett Harley, is finally getting married to Carolyn in a few weeks time. They’ve been together for more than 20 years so it’s about time! Being the boss, it always felt like he was more of a grown-up than me, even though this year, […]


Radio Stuff

23Jun19

Congratulations to Larry Gifford on his promotion to National Director of AM Radio for Corus Entertainment in Canada. Larry is a veteran talk programmer and consultant who also hosts the “When Life Gives You Parkinsons” podcast for Corus’ Curiouscast podcast network. I had the pleasure of being a guest on his Radio Stuff Podcast a few […]


Mack Nuggets

01Jun19

I’ve had a great time presenting the Manchester Breakfast Show on Fix Radio with Gaz Drinkwater. This is what the last days of the show sounded like. Including: The truth about the Spice Girls gig; The worst thing about the doctors; A tribute to Doris Day; Why the hygienist is worse than the dentist; The […]


Howzat

27May19

I don’t know who to support in the Cricket World Cup. I was born in England and have lived in New Zealand and Australia, I have passports for each country. I’m leaning towards Australia because I didn’t get to pick where I was born and moved with my parents to New Zealand when they emigrated. […]


Phonies

25May19

Why don’t you hear wind-up calls on the radio anymore? It could be because they got played out, overdone. The best way to devalue something is to do lots of it, scarcity adds value. Then again, wind-ups may have stopped because things can go horribly wrong. When I worked on the air in Australia, I […]


BOB Job

19May19

As we get closer to BOBfm in Hertfordshire closing and becoming another Heart station, I thought you might like to hear my favourite April Fools Day prank we pulled at BOB. The radio station is in the grounds of Knebworth Park, literally yards away from where hundreds of the worlds top artists have played in […]


Jack Off

18May19

In a few weeks time, BOB fm in Hertfordshire will disappear and become Heart. I presented the Breakfast Show there for five years. When I first got there in 2013, the station was called JACKfm. Here’s what I sounded like back then… Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a […]