Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

London Calling

01Aug17

In the latest episode of my show for America, Writer, producer and broadcaster, Trevor Dann talks about how he got started, some of the iconic radio and television programs he’s worked on, the people he’s worked with, hired and fired. As well as Trevor, There’s a roundup of what’s happening in Britain including ‘shrinkflation’, how […]


Trevor Dann is a British writer and broadcaster who has been associated with some of the most influential radio and television music programmes and events of the last 30 years. He talks candidly about his background, growing up in Nottingham, his career including his BAFTA award winning involvement in Live Aid, 25 Years of Rock, […]


The British Broadcasting Corporation has banned a lot of songs over the years. I played some of them on the air on BBC Radio Merseyside recently in a feature called, “Listen To The Banned”. When I delved into it, I was surprised by what was forbidden, the reasons why and the songs they didn’t ban […]


Don’t let Theresa May catch you dissing Brexit! She’s got a zero tolerance approach to dealing with people who have a go at the way the government is handling this mess. Last month she declared war on a band of trouble-making Members of Parliament because they were planning to form an anti-Brexit backbench group. This […]


My guest this week in my online radio show, London Calling is an icon of British broadcasting, Paul Gambaccini. In his home in central London, he talked about how his life changed when he was dropped by the BBC after his arrest on allegations of sexual assault. He was finally cleared a year later. He […]


“We now cross Live to our reporter standing 20 metres behind us”, is what the host of Nine News in Brisbane Australia should have said, when they crossed live to a reporter at the Supreme Court. The reporter, Michael Best was standing in the distance. You can see a cameraman and Best preparing for the […]


Mack Nuggets

05Oct16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately… Julie gets an unexpected compliment; Inappropriate laughter; A bizarre wrong number; A leopard in the hotel room; 20 years since Oasis played Knebworth; Why the Daily Mail is great; Show us your tats; Boris Johnson the porn star; Why British people have a problem with commitment; […]


Just Shoot Me

27Sep16

Nothing is what it seems where we live in Hitchin right now. Julie got shouted at as she was walking through the market square. They’re filming the new season of Doctor Foster and she was just about to walk into the shot. “Stop! You can’t walk through there, you’ll have to go around!”, is what […]


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 […]


The story of Hillary Clinton collapsing reminds me of when a politician collapsed in front of me while I was interviewing them for the BBC. In 2012, I was the host of the Breakfast Show on Swindon’s BBC Wiltshire. One day after my show, I was sent to cover the opening of a filling station […]


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 […]


Beware of shysters who say they can predict the future! You’d think that in the 21st Century, there wouldn’t be much call for fortune tellers but the profession is alive and well and a lot of money is spent on it. It’s a racket but stupid people continue to fall for this stuff. The most […]


“What’s the difference between a donut and a wrap?” I overheard that question being asked once and then heard the reply being delivered in an incredulous tone, “Well, a donut is usually sweet and a wrap is more likely to be savoury”. The person who asked the question now looked very confused. The reason was […]


In May 2010 we moved to Swindon because I was hired to present “The Graham Mack Breakfast Show” on Swindon’s BBC Wiltshire. It was a lot of fun and I worked with some great people, including two of the best journalists and producers in the business, Richard Crowley and Kate Mundy. It was the first […]


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 […]


I didn’t make the best first impression with my producer when I got my first BBC job. In May 2010, I started as the Breakfast Presenter at BBC Wiltshire, based in Swindon. The local football club, Swindon Town, had just made it to the League One playoffs and were playing Millwall at Wembley. A few […]


Toilet Humour

13May16

I’ve met a lot of posh people since I started working in radio. One producer I worked with told me that she was five years old before she heard the word “toilet”. In their house it was called the lavatory or the loo. On her first day at school she was asked if she’d like […]


Everyone in Liverpool has a story. Today I went to Bootle to get my car’s air-conditioning re-charged. I met a bloke called Ian Parkinson from CoolCar. While Ian hooked up his gauges and vacuum pump, I got my phone out to check some emails. That’s when Ian noticed the Liver Bird on my home screen. […]


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. […]


You never know where you’ll end up unless you just take a punt and start something. In 2011, I was working as Breakfast Show Host on BBC Wiltshire. One day on the show, I interviewed Gavin Jones, the Chief Executive of Swindon Borough Council. During my research, I discovered that he played lead guitar, so […]