Archive for the ‘Commercials’ Category

I spent 30 hours in New York City last week. Here’s the report I did from Talkers 2017 where I met Michael Harrison, Phil Boyce, Chris Stigall, Harry Hurley, Thom Hartmann, Tom Leykis, Norm Pattiz, Mike Francesa, and Love & Laughter with Beth Liebling. Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video If […]


“Which way do you vote?” The sales manager at work asked me that question in the middle of a crowded office today. Britain’s next general election is only weeks away, I suppose he was curious. I told him it depends because I don’t have a brand loyalty. I approach voting the same way as I […]


Tosh & Becks

12May17

As far as acting goes, David Beckham is a great footballer. He makes a cameo appearance in Guy Ritchie’s new film, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”. In the film, he plays a disgruntled Cockney knight called ‘Trigger’ (I’m not making this up). He offers a few words of advice to Arthur. I don’t think Posh […]


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 […]


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 […]


Amazon are making a big mistake. I saw Jeremy Clarkson on the telly the other day advertising the Amazon Fire Stick. It’s a device you plug into your TV and is one of the ways you’ll be able to watch Clarkson, May and Hammond’s new show, The Grand Tour. Amazon are paying the former Top […]


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 […]


Brexit Britain

14Oct16

Britain has solved it’s immigration problem. The thing is, it didn’t have an immigration problem. In July this year, the UK unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, the lowest since 2005. This happened at a time of record immigration. Fear of uncontrolled immigration was the number one reason people voted for Brexit but with an ageing […]


Poundland

08Oct16

The British pound is losing its value. Shortly after currency markets opened in Asia on Friday, the pound lost as much as 6.1 percent to $1.1841 in two minutes. It was the currency’s lowest level since May 1985 and the biggest drop against the US dollar since its 11.1 per cent plunge on June 24, […]


Why is Britain so scared of immigration? Are there any facts that show immigration has been bad for Britain? The British Prime Minister, Theresa May has been talking about Brexit, suggesting that regaining control of immigration was more important than access to the single market. Yesterday I got in a taxi driven by a Pakistani […]


Radio Ga Ga

16Aug16

Why don’t you hear as many phone calls on the radio these days? Hearing humans on the phone has been replaced with the sound of radio presenters reading out texts. Why do radio stations even allow you to text? Has radio forgotten it’s an AUDIO medium? The stations work hard to get you to listen […]


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 […]


I always enjoy going on the air in the United States and this week I’ve done that a lot, because they wanted me to talk about Brexit. Thanks to all of the US broadcasters that had me on, including David Ranken at News Radio 1080 KRLD in Dallas, Walter M. Sterling on Newstalk 1290 WPHT […]


“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. […]


Radio is more powerful than God. I say that because I used to work for a commercial radio station that had a christian church as an advertiser. God is all-powerful and omnipresent but it turns out that he doesn’t have the same ability to influence people’s behaviour as radio does. Craic on! Listen to the […]


You never know where you’ll end up unless you just take a punt and start something. In 2011, I was working as Breakfast Show Host on BBC Wiltshire. One day on the show, I interviewed Gavin Jones, the Chief Executive of Swindon Borough Council. During my research, I discovered that he played lead guitar, so […]


Phoneys!

21Dec15

I’m sure my new phone and internet provider know how rubbish they are. A quick Google of their name and the phrase “customer service” reveals hundreds of horror stories and even an award for bad service. In the last Craic I told you about the problems I’m having with my landline telephone. I switched my […]