Posts Tagged ‘Capital Radio’

Raw Radio.

10Nov15

This week I found a ‘behind the scenes’ video of the Breakfast Show I used to present on 106 Century FM in the East Midlands. It shows what was happening on and off the air while the songs and commercials were playing and how quickly we go from live to pre recorded and back again. […]


Even the best on-air promotions can be made better with a small tweak. With Valentines Day coming up soon, I’m reminded of the best Valentine’s Day promotion I’ve ever been involved in. If I ever get the chance to do it again though, I’ll do it slightly differently. The promotion was called “Valentines in Vegas”. […]


When you have to move to a new town quickly, there isn’t time to fully research the best and worst areas to live. You can usually tell the rough bits from the nice bits by going there, but we slipped up in 2001. I got a job as Breakfast Show host on 106 Century FM, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


Over the years, I’ve hosted hundreds of events for charities and non-profit organizations. I’ve opened fetes, hosted black tie dinners and even spoke at the birthday of a lifeboat station. I’ve never charged a penny for my time, it’s all part of the gig. I’m always amazed though when commercial organisations try to book me […]


“You’re going to be working for the Mafia now!” That’s what my boss at Century Radio in the North East said to me the day I left to go and work on the air at BRMB in Birmingham in March 1999. BRMB was owned by Capital Radio. What did he mean? Was he comparing Capital […]