Archive for the ‘Sydney’ Category

When I moved back to Britain in February 1997, I felt like a time traveller. I’d left my past behind in 1983, which was when I’d left Britain, never planning to return. It soon became clear that it wasn’t 1983 in Britain any more. The first thing that hit me was the way people were […]


When you’ve just spent twenty five hours squashed into an economy class seat and a few more hours in airports changing planes between Sydney and New York via Auckland, Honolulu and Los Angeles, the thing you look forward to the most is a nice hotel room and a comfortable bed. Unfortunately, that’s not what we […]


Have you ever found yourself asking what, to you, is a perfectly reasonable question but then realise that the person you’re asking thinks you’ve lost your mind? In early February 1997, Julie and I were about to leave the New South Wales Central Coast and move to England. Our car was being put on a […]


There’s a lot to sort out when you move house. It’s even more complicated when you move to another country and you don’t actually have a house to move into. In February 1997, Julie and I moved from Australia to England. I presented my last show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast […]


My last show on the radio in Australia was very emotional. In January 1997, I was offered my first radio job in Britain. I’d been presenting shows on commercial radio stations in Australia for the past three and a bit years and was hosting the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. […]


Anyone who says they understand Linkedin is lying. That’s because no one understands Linkedin. When you ask out loud in a crowded office, “What’s the point of Linkedin?”, I guarantee that at least one smug idiot will roll their eyes and say the word “networking”. I found out this week that that’s the biggest lie […]


By early 1997, I was pretty sure that I had failed in my first attempt to get a job on the radio in the UK. I was presenting the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. 2CR in Bournemouth wrote to me, said they liked my demo and told me they were […]


When you’re playing long shots, you have to get used to losing more times than you win. In late 1996, I was presenting the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast and was trying to get an on air job in the UK. The Sydney radio consultant I spoke to on […]


Sometimes you get lucky, other times luck goes against you. Now and again both happen at once and cancel each other out. In late 1996, after three and a bit years working on commercial radio in Australia, I decided to see if I could get an on-air job in the UK. I found out that […]


If you want to get on in life, it’s important to never let anyone else define what you’re capable of. After three and a bit years on commercial radio in Australia, I decided to find out if it would be possible for me to work on the radio in England. In late 1996, I was […]


Word of Mouse

21May14

I can’t understand why someone who works nine feet away from you in an open-plan office will lean over and say “I’ve just sent you an email”. Does office etiquette dictate that TALKING is to be kept to a bare minimum? I don’t know that much about working in an office because until I got […]


I loved living in Australia and never thought I’d ever move back to Britain. That all changed after a phone call in the early hours one morning. In 1996, I was presenting the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. I’d been working on the air in commercial radio in Australia […]


Radio is an intimate medium and it becomes even more intimate at night. In 1996 I was on the air from 7pm to midnight on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It was basically a request show but the thing that made it work was when the callers told me WHY they wanted […]


I loved living in Australia and working on the radio there, I even became an Australian citizen, but to most Aussies, I was still a Pom. I remember one night in 1996, when I presented the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. I took a phone call on the air […]


In 1996, the ratings were very kind to me and everyone else that worked at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It wasn’t such good news for Coast Rock, their numbers went down. Both stations had been bought by RG Capital and were now in the same building and being run by the […]


If you say you have an “open mind” to the possibility that some humans have paranormal powers, you actually have a closed mind. Your mind is closed to the fact that there is a total lack of evidence that such powers exist. If you think that there’s a chance that even one person on earth […]


I first found out how cut-throat commercial radio can be while I was at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. Before I got into radio, I thought the product that commercial radio sells is audio entertainment. Yes, that’s what the medium produces but that’s not what it sells. Commercial radio stations sell ears. […]


When radio stations change owners, you can guarantee there’ll be job losses. The easiest and quickest way to increase profit is to reduce costs. While I was at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast, the radio station was bought by RG Capital, a company owned by the Australian media mogul, Reg Grundy. Not […]


The thing I liked the most about working on the radio at night was the special bond that develops between the host and the listener. I’m sure that anyone who’s ever presented on the radio at night will say the same thing. Night-time listeners are the most loyal of all, you end up becoming part […]


A Saturday morning children’s radio show host signed off with, “Well boys and girls, that’s all we’ve got time for this week, be nice to each other till next week”. Then, not realising his mike was still live, he said on the air, “That should keep the little buggers quiet…” I’ve lost count of how […]