Posts Tagged ‘journalism’

I got to talk to Shaun Williamsom who is best known for playing Barry Evans in Eastenders. Shaun talked about growing up in Maidstone, his life as a postman, the Royal Navy, and as a Pontins Bluecoat. We also chatted about his drinking, drama school, getting cast on Eastenders, working in cabaret, his experience of […]


Book-shy

18May20

There’s a lot more to being an audiobook narrator than you think. I had a chat to the journalist Piper Terrett about my first attempts at it. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link.Check out,  www.grahammack.com Follow me on Twitter @GrahamMack


I had a nice Zoomchat with Piper Terrett today and we shared stories about working in TV and radio including; Shirl’s on-air boob job, the whites only game show, the horse in the radio station, sushi being eaten off a naked woman’s body, the light bulb in the microwave and two chickens and a builder’s […]


It still blows my mind that it’s so easy to record a video chat across the Atlantic and then put it online. That’s just one of the things we ended up talking about in my chat with the broadcasting legend, Michael Harrison who is self-isolating in Florida. He also talked about the state of play […]


Retina Display

12Apr20

I’m going to have to change my plans for how I earn a living during this pandemic. I had another lot of emergency eye surgery yesterday. There’s a danger that the retina in my right eye may become detached. Retinal detachment is a medical emergency, you can permanently lose your vision. There’s a`U’ shaped tear […]


It’s not a good idea to need urgent medical treatment right now. I had emergency eye surgery at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage on Thursday night. I’d been seeing black dots in front of my right eye and it turns out that meant I had a tear in the thing that holds my retina in. […]


I haven’t worked for twenty-seven years. That’s because I’ve had a job in radio. I’ve been a presenter and programmer. Neither of those things can be compared to actual work. Before that, I had proper jobs. I was a pipe fitter on an oil refinery construction site in New Zealand and an air-conditioning engineer in […]


Julie and I have been back to the church where we got married in 1987, St Paul’s in Paihia in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. I met Julie in Whangarei while I was working as a pipe-fitter on the Marsden Point Oil Refinery expansion construction job. When we met, my parents had moved […]


New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is a weak leader and one of the worst people in the world to be in charge of this special country right now. I used to like Jacinda Ardern. I thought she was different to the power hungry megalomaniacs running other countries in the world. It turns out, I […]


The Global Coronavirus Pandemic is just one of a series of unfortunate events that Julie and I are dealing with right now. Things started to go wrong in early February when we realised the extent of the COVID 19 outbreak in China. The first part of our holiday, which we’d booked months earlier, had us […]


Radio On TV

03Mar20

There’s a good show all about local radio in the UK coming up soon on the BBC News Channel. It’s called The Village Loudspeaker. I hope you can watch at 9:30pm on Friday. It’ll also be on the iPlayer. Here’s some clips (My bits are third row down); https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00xdxz1/clips Craic on! If you enjoyed this […]


The Navy Lark

02Mar20

  Innocence gets corrupted when you grow up. I’ve had to reframe an important childhood memory. It all came back to me this week because of the visit to Liverpool of the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Prince of Wales. Thousands of people went on board over the weekend. It reminded me of the […]


INRIX Out

08Feb20

BBC local radio is about to sound better. INRIX, a private American company that provides traffic information, won’t be contributing off-site presenter-read travel bulletins for 39 BBC local stations from June. Instead, INRIX will produce travel information scripts which will be read by local presenters at each radio station. It’s sad that jobs will be […]


Mack Nuggets

02Feb20

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Fix Radio lately, including; How Busy?; How far?; Why vegan; Zulu; Big Tone and the canoe; Radio examination; U2 confused; New Year’s resolutions; Mark The Shark; StephenKing.com; Mick’s mate’s best swap; The war downstairs; Mistaken identity; Wayne Rooney & Jonathon; Breaking up advice from Steve. Craic on! If […]


“Did you just pay for that with your finger?” That’s what the lady at the Black Sheep coffee shop said when I paid for my order today. I used my new K Ring: the world’s first contactless payment ring. I’ve been wearing it for about three weeks now and it’s great. A bloke called Steve […]


Here are some highlights from the latest G-Emmy Awards which recognise outstanding excellence in entertainment. Nominees this year include: Prince Andrew, Donald Trump, Wayne Rooney, Katie Hopkins, Greta Thunberg, Rebekah Vardy, Jacob Rees-Mogg, John Cleese, Jeremy Corbyn, Noel Gallagher, Piers Morgan, The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Diane Abbott, Mauricio Pochettino, David Cameron, Jo […]


Do we need guards on trains? Up until yesterday, I didn’t understand why the RMT union were causing chaos on Britain’s railways by striking. The RMT are against removing guards from trains. I thought they were protecting the jobs of their members, and maybe that’s part of it, but it’s not the main reason we […]


This is how Fix Radio celebrated National Tradesman’s Day this year. It’s a day that honors the men and women who use their skills and hard work build and maintain the world we live in. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets […]


This is what happened when I spoke to a bloke who was protesting outside Britain’s suspended Parliament. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at; http://www.mackmedia.co.uk/8th-mack-nuggets-audio-video    


Mack Nuggets

18Aug19

Congratulations to Gaz Drinkwater who’s co-presenting a great new show on BBC Radio Manchester called “Talking Balls”. If you’re into Manchester United or City, I bet you’ll enjoy it, listen here; https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07hnl2b/episodes/player As I’m a Liverpool fan and Gaz is Man United, we didn’t talk about football much when we presented the Breakfast Show on […]