Archive for the ‘Radio Wars’ 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 […]


Subtext

11May17

Are the Russians getting ready to invade us? There was a Russian submarine in the English channel on the weekend. The Royal Navy ship, HMS Somerset spotted it off the east coast of the UK on Friday morning and followed it through the Strait of Dover. Last month, Somerset’s sister ship HMS Sutherland escorted two […]


I’ve been asked to be a judge again at the New York Festivals Radio Program Awards. This year, they’re doing a feature interviews series with the judges called, “Open Mic: The Wonderful World of Radio” for their website. They sent some interesting questions which made me think hard about my answers. I don’t know how […]


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 […]


How much will it cost to fix my car? A couple of months ago a light on my dash board came on. It was a little picture of an engine and underneath it said, “Check engine, visit workshop!” I took it back to the place I bought the car from just over a year ago. […]


Brexit Wound

25Jun16

If you punch a random stranger today there is a 51.9% chance they deserve it! That Tweet from @_GregJamison  summed up how a lot of people felt the morning after Britain voted to leave the European Union. The aftermath of the referendum result is immense. The pound has been pummeled, losing around 10% of its […]


Highly Infected

23Jun16

A while ago I read, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Dr Stephen Covey. In the book he talks about what he calls the ‘maturity continuum’ – the levels of dependency that demonstrate the relationship of the 7 habits. They are: Dependency Needing others to get what you want. – This is the […]


I often find myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. In May 2010, I started as the Breakfast Presenter at BBC Wiltshire, based in Swindon. I didn’t go on the air straight away and spent the first week driving around visiting various parts of the town, meeting local people and recording a quick […]


Cold War

24May16

It’s the coldest time of the year. The sun is out but it’s not that warm yet. Fresh air fanatics who can’t tell the difference between light and heat, notice the sun is shining and immediately set about opening every window and door they can find. The maximum temperature outside yesterday was 19 degrees Celsius. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Air Heads

10Feb16

Today I heard something unusual, a great radio demo.  In all the years I’ve been a radio station Program Director, I can’t remember the last time I heard something this good on a demo. Where are all the real entertainers? Do they stay away from commercial music radio because it’s restrictive and boring? Is blandness being […]


Mack Nuggets

02Dec15

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately including: What men DON’T want for Christmas. Should we be bombing in Syria? David Beckhams old car. A hapless taxi driver. A diary mix up. Is the Apple Watch the most useless gadget ever? Plastic surgery that fixed one thing and ruined another. The USA’s […]


Are the American public being manipulated? The U.S. has issued a worldwide travel alert for it’s citizens in response to what they’re calling an “increased terror threat”. They’re advising Americans to avoid crowded places. They haven’t closed any airports, cancelled any flights or told people not to travel. It’s a vague warning that doesn’t offer any […]


Commercial radio in Australia is more cutthroat than here in the UK. It took me a while to adjust. In Australia, winning at all costs is the only goal. Unfortunately, not all of the bosses I’ve worked for in the UK appreciate that. For your radio station’s ratings to go up, someone else’s have to […]