Posts Tagged ‘New South Wales’

Firework Dismay

02Nov17

Why is it legal to buy explosives in Britain? On November 5th, we celebrate “Bonfire Night”. Every year, around 1,000 people visit hospitals for treatment of firework-related injuries. Half of the injuries are to under-18s. Since 1996, four people have been killed in firework accidents in the UK. I lived in Australia for almost seven […]


One of the big differences between working on the radio in Australia and working here in the UK is the studio mixing desks. When you start a new on-air job, you have to quickly get used to the studio mixing desk, or the “desk”. That’s what it’s called in the UK, in Australia it’s called […]


Of all of the calls I’ve taken on all of the radio stations I’ve been on, this is my favourite. In 1996, I was presenting a weekend show on 2GO, the local commercial radio station on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia. All afternoon I’d been giving away tickets to a rodeo, […]


Mack Nuggets

12Jun16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOB fm lately, including: How Nancy got wound up by her husband for 25 years; How bad Chris Evans was on Top Gear; Australia is BIG; Navigational nightmares; Why I don’t trust Cambridge; The truth about plain cigarette packaging; Strange ways you’ve injured yourself; What you got up […]


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 used to get requests for previous calls as well as songs when I did a phone-in request show in Australia. In 1996, I was presenting a weekend show on 2GO, the local commercial radio station on the Central Coast of New South Wales. All afternoon I’d been giving away tickets to a rodeo, you […]


Britain in February 1997 took a bit of getting used to after living on the New South Wales Central Coast. Julie and I had moved there so I could present the Breakfast Show on 2CRFM in Bournemouth. After two weeks living in a hotel, we found a flat in Boscombe. At the time the pound […]


My last show on the radio in Australia was very emotional. In January 1997, I was offered my first radio job in Britain. I’d been presenting shows on commercial radio stations in Australia for the past three and a bit years and was hosting the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. […]


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 […]


Radio is an intimate medium and it becomes even more intimate at night. In 1996 I was on the air from 7pm to midnight on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It was basically a request show but the thing that made it work was when the callers told me WHY they wanted […]


In 1996, the ratings were very kind to me and everyone else that worked at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It wasn’t such good news for Coast Rock, their numbers went down. Both stations had been bought by RG Capital and were now in the same building and being run by the […]


I first found out how cut-throat commercial radio can be while I was at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. Before I got into radio, I thought the product that commercial radio sells is audio entertainment. Yes, that’s what the medium produces but that’s not what it sells. Commercial radio stations sell ears. […]


When radio stations change owners, you can guarantee there’ll be job losses. The easiest and quickest way to increase profit is to reduce costs. While I was at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast, the radio station was bought by RG Capital, a company owned by the Australian media mogul, Reg Grundy. Not […]


“Hey, Macca, how hard would it be to gatecrash a parade?” That’s what Tony, one of my regular callers asked me one night. It was 1996, I did the 7pm to midnight shift, week nights on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. The annual Gosford City Christmas Parade was coming up and after […]


I’ve been in trouble many times for things I’ve done on the radio but once I nearly got one of my listeners the sack. In 1995 I was working on the air at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It was where I first learned how to run a digital play-out system. All […]


Perception And Reality. We didn’t own a car when I got the job presenting the night-time show at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast in 1995. I gave up my work van when I quit my air-conditioning job nearly three years earlier and took a massive pay cut to work at my first […]


In 1995, the thing that frightened me the most when I started doing nights on the air at 2GO was ratings. At my first two radio jobs, 2PK and 5SE, they only did ratings surveys every few years and I hadn’t been at either station during a ratings sweep. I THOUGHT I was pretty good […]


In June 1995, I’d handed my notice in at 5SE Mount Gambier. I’d been doing the Breakfast show there for about a year and had been offered the Drive-time gig at 3GG in Warragul Victoria. It was a good job and I was really looking forward to working with the Program Director, Mark Vale. Days […]


Perception isn’t reality.  When you’re on TV every night, you get stared at in public. In 1994, I was presenting the Breakfast Show on 5SE, the local commercial radio station for the South East of South Australia. I was also on the telly every night presenting commercials for a car dealers and a supermarket. I […]


“The lock-up where our stuff is stored has been broken into!” That’s what Julie said to me after she got off the phone from the removal company. In August 1994, we’d moved from Parkes in the Central West of New South Wales to Mount Gambier in South Australia. Mount Gambier is over a thousand kilometres […]