Posts Tagged ‘2CRFM’

Mourning Show

03Sep17

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 […]


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. […]


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; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video 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 […]


Tight schedules and small windows of opportunity can create a lot of stress. Every time I get a new radio job, Julie and I have to move house, quickly, usually hundreds of miles. The first thing we have to do each time is find somewhere to live. In June 2006 I got offered the Breakfast […]


I nearly ended up on Big Brother in the spring of 2006. After two and a half years as the Program Director & Breakfast Show host at 2CRFM on England’s South Coast, I handed in my notice because I’d been offered a new gig hosting the Breakfast Show at TFM Radio in Teesside in the […]


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 […]


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, […]


I’ve only seen real diva behavior once. In 2005, my co-host and I at 2CRFM on England’s South Coast hosted a concert at AFC Bournemouth’s stadium. One of the acts was an internationally famous female singer. We’re talking BIG name here, she sang the theme to one of the James Bond films. Anyway, her rider […]


Messing with the competition is always fun when you work in commercial radio, especially if you can distort reality. In 2005, I was the Program Director at 2CRFM on England’s South Coast. Our main competitor was a station called Wave 105. One day we got word that Wave were planning a big poster campaign with […]


I accidentally became involved in a big scam once. When I returned to 2CRFM in Dorset as Program Director in January 2004, I was given the biggest office. On the walls were framed autographed photos of some of the artists we played. I can’t remember them all but there was definitely a Mariah Carey, a […]


With so many conspiracy theories floating around on what’s really behind the latest Paris attacks, it reminds me of that other event in Paris in 1997 that conspiracy theorist are still talking about, the death of Princess Diana. At the time, I presented the Breakfast Show on 2CR FM on England’s South Coast. Two things […]


“Stop saying ‘minutes’ when you tell the time on the air!” That was the first thing I was told off for when I started working on the radio in Australia in 1993. My Program Director grabbed me and said, “When you say it’s twenty-one MINUTES past, we KNOW it’s MINUTES! No one thinks it could […]


Sometimes, situations make things even funnier. In 1998, I was the Breakfast Show host at 2CRFM in Dorset. One of our advertisers was Condor Ferries. They ran high speed catamarans called JetCats from Poole to the Channel Islands. We were asked to present one of our breakfast shows from Jersey to promote the ferry service.  […]


We waited ten weeks for our car to arrive in Britain by ship from Australia. When it got here, we weren’t allowed to drive it. To “export” the car, we had to take the number plates off and hand them in. So when it arrived at Tilbury it had no plates. I managed to get […]


Britain in February 1997 took a bit of getting used to after living on the New South Wales Central Coast. Julie and I had moved there so I could present the Breakfast Show on 2CRFM in Bournemouth. After two weeks living in a hotel, we found a flat in Boscombe. At the time the pound […]