Posts Tagged ‘Bournemouth’

In the latest episode of my show for America, guitar legend Andy Summers talks about his HARMONICS OF THE NIGHT tour, his current album, Triboluminescence, photography, writing, why he doesn’t sing on albums anymore, his relationship with the British press and what Bournemouth and Santa Monica have in common. As well as that, a look […]


It’s a real time of transition for Julie and I. We moved to the UK twenty-one years ago and in all of that time, we’ve always rented. Right now we’re in the process of buying a flat. It’s a new-build so it’s small. That means we have to say goodbye to a lot of cool […]


I had a chat with guitar legend, Andy Summers from The Police. He talks about his HARMONICS OF THE NIGHT tour, his current album, Triboluminescence, photography, writing, why he doesn’t sing on albums anymore, his relationship with the British press and what Bournemouth and Santa Monica have in common. Craic on! If you enjoyed this […]


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. […]


In this one we talk about David Bowie. Let’s hope people start getting his name right! 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 +44 1438 422106 between 6 […]


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 […]


In this one we talk about the speech I made at North Hertfordshire College, how it freaked me out and might just have freaked out the students and their lecturer. 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 […]


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 […]


In this one, Amy shares her four-in-a-bed experience, the latest on her Royal Marine romance and how her brillo pad caught fire. I talk about licking batteries, Sweden’s missing big people, the African Queen’s lesser known sister ship, Abba, Vikings and flying with the SAS. Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


My mum has always said that if her house was on fire the only thing she’d run back in to get would be the home movies. Actually she didn’t call them “home movies” they were always called the “cine films”. Not long after my parents were married, their house was burgled and my father’s still […]


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 […]


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 […]