Posts Tagged ‘2GO’

London Calling

22May17

If you’re a fan of Lord Of The Rings or Lost, you’ll enjoy my chat with the actor Dominic Monaghan. He talks about how he went from being a hyperactive child in Manchester to star in one of the world’s biggest film franchises and one of the most successful TV shows of all time. As […]


I now have something in common with fifteen Nobel Prize winners. I’ve given a speech at the Royal Institution in London. It was the venue for a broadcasting conference called, “Next Radio”. The room was filled with people who work in the radio industry. The Royal Institution was founded in 1799 by the leading British […]


Real people are more entertaining than radio presenters. I’m talking about listener phone calls. There’s something special about phone calls on the radio. They’re authentic, unique and unpredictable and the presenter becomes more real when they’re talking to a listener on the phone. It’s hard to get listeners to call in these days. It never used […]


Mack Nuggets

04Sep16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately… Inappropriate laughter; A bizarre wrong number; A leopard in the hotel room; If it’s got boobs or wheels, it’ll give you problems; Why Nancy won’t go back to London; 20 years since Oasis played Knebworth; Why the Daily Mail is great; Show us your tats; Is […]


Time and Temp

22Aug16

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 […]


It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 20 years since I started on the air at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It was the last commercial radio station I worked on in Australia, I left in 1997 and moved to Britain. Here’s some of my favourite callers from my 2GO […]


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 […]


Of all of the calls I’ve taken on all of the radio stations I’ve been on, this is my favourite. In 1996, I was presenting a weekend show on 2GO, the local commercial radio station on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia. All afternoon I’d been giving away tickets to a rodeo, […]


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. […]


I used to get requests for previous calls as well as songs when I did a phone-in request show in Australia. In 1996, I was presenting a weekend show on 2GO, the local commercial radio station on the Central Coast of New South Wales. All afternoon I’d been giving away tickets to a rodeo, you […]


You don’t realise how many people don’t have a right hand until you try to shake hands with 100,000 people. That’s what I did between July 2006 and May 2010. It was a ‘meet every listener’ type stunt when I was the Breakfast Presenter at TFM Radio in the North East. I gave everyone I […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]