Posts Tagged ‘East Midlands’

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. […]


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 accidentally called the Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst. It was in 2002, when I was presenting the Breakfast Show on 106 Century FM. One of the things I used to do was call public payphones around the world and chat to whoever answered. One morning I called the payphone next to the toilets in Swingers […]


When someone is out to get you and you’re fighting a losing battle, the only thing you can do is have some fun at their expense. Things weren’t going well for me at the tail end of 2003. I was presenting the Breakfast Show on 106 Century FM in the East Midlands of England. The […]


I like playing long shots. In 2003 I presented the breakfast show on 106 Century FM, the regional station for the East Midlands of England. One morning there was a news story about a sushi restaurant in Manchester that served their food off naked models. I’m not talking about mannequins here, they were actual naked […]


Breakfast radio always sounds best when you add a degree of unpredictability. In a previous Craic, I mentioned that in 2003, while I was at 106 Century FM in the East Midlands, we tried to get a horse into the on air studio. At that same station, we created chaos one morning when we had […]


I always feel sorry for radio station bosses. They have to be Captain Sensible when things get out of hand. Often they arrive at work at precisely the time when the most hard to explain things are happening on the Breakfast Show. In 2003, I was the Breakfast Presenter at 106 Century FM in the […]


Doing something cool is only cool when people notice. Sometimes I get to broadcast from outside the studio. In 2003, I presented a week of shows from Las Vegas. They went out live on 106 Century FM in the East Midlands of England. We broadcast from the High Rollers Suite on the top floor of […]


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”. […]


Breakfast radio shows work best when they’re based on a true story. It means you have to put as much of your personal life on the air as you’re comfortable with. It helps if you’ve got someone on the air with you who’s going through some interesting things and is happy to share. In 2003 […]


Breakfast radio is live, because of that things don’t always go exactly the way you planned. In 2002, I was the host of the Breakfast Show on 106 Century FM in the East Midlands. Darren Fletcher was our sports reporter and he was having trouble with his dog. Kobe was a mental chocolate labrador and […]


In 2002, an amazing coincidence occurred at 106 Century FM in the East Midlands that helped me briefly fool most of the staff there. At the time, there was more bed hopping at the radio station than at a 70s key party. The partner of one of the presenters worked in sales and had cheated […]


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 […]