Posts Tagged ‘Birmingham’

One Track Mind

24Oct16

Britain’s new railway should be re-named. The transport minister, Andrew Jones agrees with me but he wants to use the wrong name. The new line will connect London with the North of England. A lot of people are against it, especially in the communities that will be affected along the route where homes will be […]


Funny Brummie?

30Aug16

Is Birmingham really the funniest place to live in Britain? A new survey from Lastminute.com looked at over three million social conversations and combined the results with consumer research to uncover the laughter profiles of 25 towns and cities across the UK. They found that Birmingham is the funniest. Well done Brum, I lived there […]


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 […]


Are working class people allowed to be satirical in Britain? That’s the question I found myself asking as I watched the latest episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s show, ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. His guest was John Oliver, the host of ‘Last Week Tonight’, a satirical show on HBO . ‘Last Week Tonight’ is huge in […]


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. […]


Why do we still have libraries in the 21st century? Birmingham City Council spent £183 million on a new library. It opened in 2013, now they can’t afford any books. They recently put out a leaflet that read, “Books required! Due to public saving cuts we are no longer purchasing any new books or newspapers. […]


Sometimes you’ve just got to ask. I found myself in a tricky situation in 2001. I still had about a year to run on my contract at BRMB in Birmingham. I was out of favour there and had been moved to weekends. A deal I’d negotiated a couple of years earlier meant I was now […]


Secrets don’t stay secrets for very long in radio. In 2001, I was presenting the 9 till noon show on BRMB in Birmingham. I still had over a year left to run on a three year deal and was being paid a stupid amount of money. The on-air lineup was changed every quarter and in […]


Sometimes you get help from the most unlikely source. Getting sacked is an occupational hazard in radio. Well, you don’t actually get fired, what happens is your contract isn’t renewed. The result is the same though, so there’s no point in being in denial about it, you’re sacked. Some people see being fired as a […]


You can’t buy happiness. In 2001, I’d been at BRMB for three years. In that time, a lot had changed. I’d outlasted two General Managers, a series of Program Directors and on-air lineup re-shuffles that meant every daypart but Breakfast had changed at least once. I’d been moved from a daily mid-morning show to weekends. […]


Radio DJs are really bad at hosting live events. BRMB in Birmingham used to put on a big concert every year called ‘Party in The Park’. Tens of thousands of people would attend. I was one of the hosts in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Artists who performed included Tom Jones, Culture Club, UB40, Madness and […]


The first thing I had to get used to when I started working on commercial radio in Britain is that Program Directors are called Program Controllers. Their title, ‘Program Controller’ is abbreviated to “PC”. That’s confusing because PC is also the abbreviation for ‘Politically Correct’, ‘Police Constable’ and Personal Computer. Mind you, I’ve worked for […]


In April 2001 I accidentally learned how to get worldwide publicity. It’s simple, you just give the press a new angle on something they’re already writing about. It doesn’t matter if what you do isn’t even real. They’ll be so desperate to write something on the subject, they won’t bother to check if the story […]


No one likes exercise, especially people who go to the gym. That’s why in gym car parks, all of the cars are parked near the door. Sometimes I get asked if I belong to a gym. Hey, if I ever went to one, I wouldn’t belong there. Unnecessary exercise breaks my golden rule of “No […]


When someone offers you a lot of money, they’re trying to solve THEIR problem, not yours. In Part 128, I told you about the time I was offered a stupid amount of money at BRMB in Birmingham. I’d been there three months, still had fifteen months left on my contract and wasn’t getting on with […]


In March 1999, I was three months into an eighteen month contract at BRMB in Birmingham. It wasn’t going well. My boss had been ignoring me for the last few weeks. Prior to that, he’d made it very clear that he didn’t like what I did on the air. I’d heard that when he fired […]


My first three months at BRMB went well on the air but badly off the air. My boss and I were not communicating. It was 1999, I was presenting the 9am till noon show. Every morning before my airshift, I finished prepping the show in the open plan office in the old building in Aston. […]


I love using audio clips out of context. In 1999 I presented the 9 till noon show on BRMB in the West Midlands. One morning the big news was all about the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott. At the annual Labour Party Conference, Mr Prescott had sparked a small outcry when he and his wife […]


In 1999, I declared war on Germany. I was on the air at BRMB Radio in the West Midlands at the time. The Rover plant at Longbridge employed 14,000 people and an estimated 50,000 more worked for companies supplying them. Rover had been bought by BMW but things were not good. Rover was making a […]


One of the biggest ironies in radio is that although we’re in the business of communication at lot of us are really bad at communicating. I worked for a station in the Midlands for a while and had all sorts of problems with the boss. We didn’t see eye-to eye on everything and both of […]