Posts Tagged ‘GWR’

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 […]


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’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 […]


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 […]


I accidentally became involved in a big scam once. When I returned to 2CRFM in Dorset as Program Director in January 2004, I was given the biggest office. On the walls were framed autographed photos of some of the artists we played. I can’t remember them all but there was definitely a Mariah Carey, a […]


Sometimes history repeats itself. In late 2003, I got a dream job, actually two jobs. I was hired as Program Director and Breakfast Show host at 2CRFM on England’s South Coast. As I was replacing two people, I got the owners to agree to pay me both salaries. Replacing the Program Director was the easy […]


We waited ten weeks for our car to arrive in Britain by ship from Australia. When it got here, we weren’t allowed to drive it. To “export” the car, we had to take the number plates off and hand them in. So when it arrived at Tilbury it had no plates. I managed to get […]


One of the things I liked the most about presenting the Breakfast Show on 2CR in Bournemouth in 1997 was just how flexible things were. It meant that we could change anything we did to suit the attitude and personality of the show.  The station was owned by a company called GWR. They had a […]


A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away, I had a boss who I thought was going to fire me on first sight. He turned out to be the best boss I’ve ever had. In February 1997, I moved back to Britain after living in Australia and New Zealand for fourteen years. […]


When I moved back to Britain in February 1997, I felt like a time traveller. I’d left my past behind in 1983, which was when I’d left Britain, never planning to return. It soon became clear that it wasn’t 1983 in Britain any more. The first thing that hit me was the way people were […]


There’s a lot to sort out when you move house. It’s even more complicated when you move to another country and you don’t actually have a house to move into. In February 1997, Julie and I moved from Australia to England. I presented my last 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 […]


Sometimes you get lucky, other times luck goes against you. Now and again both happen at once and cancel each other out. In late 1996, after three and a bit years working on commercial radio in Australia, I decided to see if I could get an on-air job in the UK. I found out that […]


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 […]