Posts Tagged ‘Heart’

Bye Bye BOB

06Apr19

Sad news this week, Bob FM has been bought by Communicorp and will be rebranded as Heart Hertfordshire. I worked there for five years and had a great time, I left in July last year. It means that every commercial radio station I’ve worked on in the UK has now disappeared. 2CRFM in Dorset and […]


Smart Arse

01Jan18

Did British radio stations make a big mistake when they got rid of their old local names and replace them with generic national “Brands”? Instead of local radio stations being called names like Leicester Sound, Ram FM, Red Dragon, 2CR and GWR, a lot of them became, “Heart” or “Capital”. One of the biggest selling […]


What would you think of a comedian who didn’t have any jokes and just came on stage and shouted “LAUGH!!!” at you until you pretended to laugh? It’s outdoor live concert season in the UK. There are some great live acts to see but unfortunately, it’s also a time when radio deejays get up in […]


Junior Choice

18Jun16

When Whitney Houston sang, “I believe that children are our future”, she wasn’t talking about radio. Young people aren’t listening to the radio. They’re too busy doing other things, mostly online. They get their music from Spotify or download it for free from elsewhere. Radio One’s average listening age is 32. Kids haven’t been habitually […]


Air Heads

10Feb16

Today I heard something unusual, a great radio demo.  In all the years I’ve been a radio station Program Director, I can’t remember the last time I heard something this good on a demo. Where are all the real entertainers? Do they stay away from commercial music radio because it’s restrictive and boring? Is blandness being […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]