Posts Tagged ‘2CR’

It’s a shame that we don’t always recognise an omen until after the event. The severe weather we’ve been having in Britain lately has reminded me of the time I survived a crossing of the English Channel in bad weather. About 20 years ago, I was the presenter of the Breakfast Show on 2CR FM, […]

Julie and I moved to Britain from Australia in February 1997, so I could present the Breakfast Show on 2CRFM in Dorset. Since then, we’ve lived in every region of England, because I’ve presented radio programs in the North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands, South West, South East and South Coast. You’ve got […]

So sad to hear that Keith Chegwin has died at the age of 60. I’ve met him and interviewed him a few times. I wish I’d kept the photos of us together and the audio of our chats. I know I used to have some and don’t know why I haven’t kept them. Maybe it’s […]

Mourning Show


I spoke to a lot of people last week that said they are are fed up of hearing about the death, twenty years ago, of someone they never knew, never met and didn’t have any effect on their life at all. There were special programs on TV and radio every day last week dedicated to […]

Time and Temp


There’s one thing about working on the radio in Britain that’s the opposite way around to how it was when I worked on the air in Australia. Every radio station I worked on in Oz had a gauge in the on-air studio that showed you the outside temperature. At the end of weather forecasts on […]

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 […]

When my laptop died a couple of years ago, I lost loads of important stuff. It was a wake-up call, now I don’t store ANYTHING on any of my computers. I only ever save stuff to Google Drive, the cloud storage system. Next time any of my computers crash or is destroyed, at home or […]

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. […]

What do you do when you get booked to play a gig but find yourself without a band? In July 2007 “The Graham Mack Blues Band” were booked to play Mr Kyps in Poole, Dorset. I was based on Teesside at the time and I had a problem. The rest of my (Teesside based) band […]

A tsunami wiped out a radio station newsroom on the Dorset coast. In 2004, I was the Program Director at 2CR FM in Bournemouth. In the run up to Christmas, one of the sales people kept telling everyone in the office how many weeks and days it was till his holiday in Thailand. Alan was […]

One of the main differences between working in radio and TV is the amount of control you get. You get to make a lot more of the editorial decisions when you’re on the radio. In 1998, while working at 2CR in Dorset, I had the honour of meeting Jim and Alison Cronin for the first […]

Radio in the UK has become very safe. This week I came across a video from the first British radio station I worked for. In February 1997, I moved back to the UK from Australia to present the Breakfast show on 2CRFM in Dorset. We did some crazy things on that show; naked skiing, a […]

Amy shares BIG dating news! I talk about my half naked workmates and when I flew on the Last of The Summer Airline. Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. If you’d like to talk to me about it, call me on […]

The show must go on! That’s the first rule of show business. From July 2006 till May 2010 I lived in the North East. I was the host of the Breakfast Show on TFM Radio. I was also the front man of The Graham Mack Blues Band. All of the musicians in the band lived […]

I’ve mentioned before that when you leave the safety of a radio studio, things always go wrong. People who organise live events make the mistake of booking radio presenters to ‘host’ them. Radio presenters work on the outskirts of showbusiness. That means they don’t have an ‘act’. All they can do is introduce things and […]

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 […]

Radio presenters work on the outskirts of show business. Sometimes we’re asked to appear on stage. These appearances never go well. One of the worst ones I ever did was one afternoon in 1998 when I was working at 2CRFM in Dorset. A shopping centre in Poole booked my co-host, Richie Firth and I to […]

When you broadcast from outside the safety of a radio studio, anything can happen. Unfortunately in commercial radio, sometimes the sales team will sell a client a package for an outside broadcast then once the deal is signed, expect everything to magically come together on the day with no planning whatsoever. The salesperson that drops […]

Lies, damn lies and radio ratings. Apart from revenue figures, the most important numbers in radio are the ratings. In the past I’ve been bonused on good ratings and I know people who’ve been fired because of poor ratings. Only the radio stations take ratings seriously. Everyone else, including the company that collects the numbers, […]

The odds of this happening must be astronomical but it happened in 2005 while I was at 2CRFM on England’s South Coast. If you dialed the wrong number to a landline phone, what are the chances of the person you want to talk to actually being at the location you dialed by mistake, at that […]