Posts Tagged ‘News’

Germany Bight

14Jun20

I talked to my old mate Martin Heer from “Hitradio antenne 1” in Stuttgart Germany about the difference between radio in the UK, Australia and Germany. We also talked about his time at BOBfm in the Home Counties and how he came to work there. Check out Martin’s Website, http://www.metamorphus.de . If you enjoyed this […]


Ken Levine

11Jun20

Ken Levine is an Emmy award-winning screenwriter, director and producer who has worked on M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, Wings, Everybody Loves Raymond, Becker and Dharma & Greg. He’s also an author, blogger and has a podcast called Hollywood & Levine. In this chat he talks about his life and work including being a radio […]


Today I had a Zoomchat with BBC TV and radio presenters Zoe Kleinman & Susannah Streeter. We talked about their podcast, “Backspace & Beyond” and lots more besides including diversity and wearable tech. 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 great chat with the award winning journalist, broadcaster and best-selling author, Gavin Esler. The former Newsnight presenter talks about; His background, getting into journalism, a hairy moment in Norther Ireland during the Troubles, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, the stories leaders tell, how the British Government handled the Covid-19 crisis, the “village idiots […]


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 […]


I had a nice chat with Piper Terrett from The Lockdown Lowdown Podcast. We talked about how I managed to cut my own hair, my eye surgery and dirty books I’ve been reading. Craic on! If you enjoyed this Craic, please click “like” and tweet a link.Check out,  www.grahammack.com Follow me on Twitter @GrahamMack


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. […]


There is something special about being a Liverpool fan. We are family, this means more. I want to give a plug to a very good friend of mine and share how he’s getting through the current situation and what you can do to help. I’ve mentioned John Pearman on here before. He’s the editor of […]


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 […]


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 […]