Posts Tagged ‘Central Coast’

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 […]


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, […]


Mack Nuggets

12Jun16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately, including: How Nancy got wound up by her husband for 25 years; How bad Chris Evans was on Top Gear; Australia is BIG; Navigational nightmares; Why I don’t trust Cambridge; The truth about plain cigarette packaging; Strange ways you’ve injured yourself; What you got up […]


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 […]


Sometimes you should look at the glass as half full. I got an email from James Cridland the other day. James is a British radio consultant who recently moved to Brisbane, Australia. He mentioned that 4BC, the talk station in Brisbane now has only one local presenter. The rest of the shows are networked from […]


I had the honor and privilege of appearing on the PodcastOne international hit podcast “Up Close and Far Out” this week with the wonderful Michael Harrison from Talkers.com. The Talkers.com website described it as,”…an extensive chat with Graham Mack, the personable “breakfast show” host and program director of independent music and talk station BOB-FM located in the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


By early 1997, I was pretty sure that I had failed in my first attempt to get a job on the radio in the UK. I was presenting the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. 2CR in Bournemouth wrote to me, said they liked my demo and told me they were […]


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 […]


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 […]


I loved living in Australia and working on the radio there, I even became an Australian citizen, but to most Aussies, I was still a Pom. I remember one night in 1996, when I presented the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. I took a phone call on the air […]


In 1996, the ratings were very kind to me and everyone else that worked at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It wasn’t such good news for Coast Rock, their numbers went down. Both stations had been bought by RG Capital and were now in the same building and being run by the […]