Posts Tagged ‘life’

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 […]


When I caught up with my old mate Steve Shaw in Whangarei New Zealand this week, we talked about the band we were in together in the 80s, an Oscar winner’s brief stint as frontman and why the rhythm guitarist wasn’t on stage for the last set at my final gig. Here’s one of our […]


Night Terror!

22Mar20

When you have a traumatic experience, your senses heighten. That super-awareness burns a memory of the event into your brain forever. That’s why you hear people say they know exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard news that shocked them.  Years later, people are able to describe otherwise forgettable details […]


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 […]


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 […]


Phoneys

24Jan20

I hope time travel wasn’t invented twenty years ago. More people are using tiny wireless headphones these days. They’re not all listening to music, a lot of them are talking on the phone. Wireless headphones are getting smaller, you can’t always see them. I commute into central London every day and it looks like every […]


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 […]


“Just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy”.  – That’s just one of many misconceptions that are used as excuses for not going vegan.  At Fix Radio, another one of the blokes I work with went vegan this week. That means four out of the nine men in our office now only eat plant based […]


Mack Nuggets

31Aug19

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Fix Radio lately including: Piper and her screaming son; A football story; The watch scam; A fart at a funeral; Mark The Shark; Darren and the disrespectful driver. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link. Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets […]


Strictly Come Dancing will take over Saturday nights on BBC 1 again this autumn. A few years ago I got to interview one of the hosts, Tess Daly. I was on BOBfm in Hertfordshire with Amy Stevenson and Tess was on a line from London. As you’ll hear, it didn’t go well… Craic on! If […]


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 […]


Johnny B, Good!

07Jul19

They say you should never meet your heroes. I don’t agree, working in radio, I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of mine and it doesn’t matter if they’re a footballer, actor or musician, usually it’s been a great experience and they’ve been everything I’d hoped they would be. One bloke in particular stands out […]


Radio Reception

06Jul19

We’ve been invited to a wedding! My old boss from BOBfm, Brett Harley, is finally getting married to Carolyn in a few weeks time. They’ve been together for more than 20 years so it’s about time! Being the boss, it always felt like he was more of a grown-up than me, even though this year, […]


Radio Stuff

23Jun19

Congratulations to Larry Gifford on his promotion to National Director of AM Radio for Corus Entertainment in Canada. Larry is a veteran talk programmer and consultant who also hosts the “When Life Gives You Parkinsons” podcast for Corus’ Curiouscast podcast network. I had the pleasure of being a guest on his Radio Stuff Podcast a few […]


BOB Job

19May19

As we get closer to BOBfm in Hertfordshire closing and becoming another Heart station, I thought you might like to hear my favourite April Fools Day prank we pulled at BOB. The radio station is in the grounds of Knebworth Park, literally yards away from where hundreds of the worlds top artists have played in […]


Jack Off

18May19

In a few weeks time, BOB fm in Hertfordshire will disappear and become Heart. I presented the Breakfast Show there for five years. When I first got there in 2013, the station was called JACKfm. Here’s what I sounded like back then… Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a […]