Posts Tagged ‘Commercial Radio’

Phonies

27Jan19

Why aren’t presenters on music radio stations putting callers on the air? I read a tweet this week from @Aircheck, the social networking site for radio. They were asking if a person who calls in with traffic information should be referred to on the air as a “listener” or a “caller”. I replied with, “Why […]


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 […]


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 got the sack from a radio station for what I wrote in my last blog. https://grahammack.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/how-to-get-people-to-call-in-to-radio-stations-again/ Ok, it wasn’t the actual blog that got me fired and the sacking happened a few years ago. I was dismissed for the way I handled on-air phone calls. In the blog, I explained how I now have […]


Carlton Television made me deaf. A couple of Craics ago, I mentioned how I took part in an interesting experiment in 2003. I’ve posted clips from it here before. This week, I came across video of the whole thing and thought you might like to see it. Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; […]


As I haven’t done that much television work, you’d think I’d remember the times that I have. I came across a video this week of when I was on ITV in 2003. At the time, I was the presenter of the Breakfast Show on 106 Century FM, the regional radio station for the East Midlands […]


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 […]


It’s always fun when you embarrass the competition. Commercial radio is very competitive. From a sales point of view our ‘product’ is listeners, that’s what we sell to advertisers. It’s a zero sum game, for the ratings on my radio station to go up, someone else’s have to go down. That can lead to some […]


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 […]


I don’t know where it came from or how I did it but suddenly I heard myself saying the words that saved me from total public humiliation. In 2009 I was the presenter of the Breakfast Show on TFM Radio in the North East. I got booked to appear at a local lifeboat station’s birthday […]


Once, when planning my exit, I made quite an entrance. Whenever I show up for a live appearance, the first thing I look for is how I’m going to get out. At large outdoor events, If you don’t have an exit plan, you can find yourself trapped there for a long time after your bit […]


Here’s what commercial radio can learn from Monty Python. In “The Argument Sketch”, Michael Palin walks into an office and says to John Cleese, “Is this the right room for an argument?”. Cleese replies, “Look, I’ve told you once!” and an argument begins. The “argument” soon breaks down into an exchange of, “Oh yes I […]


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 […]


As performers, we crave feedback but constant negative feedback can be damaging. The Program Director that hired me said he loved what I did on the air. The new boss that replaced him only disliked two things, they were; everything I said and everything I did. I know that because he told me every day. […]