Posts Tagged ‘Nottingham’

London Calling

11Jul17

In the latest episode of my show for America, I talk to Trevor Dann, the British writer and broadcaster who has been associated with some of the most influential radio and television music programmes and events of the last 30 years. He talks candidly about his background, growing up in Nottingham, his career and his […]


Trevor Dann is a British writer and broadcaster who has been associated with some of the most influential radio and television music programmes and events of the last 30 years. He talks candidly about his background, growing up in Nottingham, his career including his BAFTA award winning involvement in Live Aid, 25 Years of Rock, […]


Was it a case of mistaken identity or was I on the air with an idiot? In 2002, I was the presenter of the Breakfast Show on 106 Century FM in Nottingham. I was invited to appear as a guest on a hospital radio show. I was told it was their version of Desert Island […]


I accidentally called the Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst. It was in 2002, when I was presenting the Breakfast Show on 106 Century FM. One of the things I used to do was call public payphones around the world and chat to whoever answered. One morning I called the payphone next to the toilets in Swingers […]


Ever find yourself thinking about your dream job? In late 2003, it looked like it was all over for me at 106 Century FM in the East Midlands of England. The station had changed format, the new boy/girl mid-morning show was throwing dirt and working hard to replace me and my contract was getting close […]


When someone is out to get you and you’re fighting a losing battle, the only thing you can do is have some fun at their expense. Things weren’t going well for me at the tail end of 2003. I was presenting the Breakfast Show on 106 Century FM in the East Midlands of England. The […]


Never let listeners go on the air live. In 2003, I presented the Breakfast Show on 106 Century FM in the East Midlands of England. A truck driver called Ray used to call up a lot. One morning he said he was about to go past our studios in Nottingham and asked if he could […]


Sometimes you just know when it’s time to move on. In January 2002, I started presenting the Breakfast Show at Century FM, the regional station for the East Midlands of England. The format suited me down to the ground, it was “Music Fun and Football”. Then about a year later we were told at a […]


I like playing long shots. In 2003 I presented the breakfast show on 106 Century FM, the regional station for the East Midlands of England. One morning there was a news story about a sushi restaurant in Manchester that served their food off naked models. I’m not talking about mannequins here, they were actual naked […]


I always feel sorry for radio station bosses. They have to be Captain Sensible when things get out of hand. Often they arrive at work at precisely the time when the most hard to explain things are happening on the Breakfast Show. In 2003, I was the Breakfast Presenter at 106 Century FM in the […]


Doing something cool is only cool when people notice. Sometimes I get to broadcast from outside the studio. In 2003, I presented a week of shows from Las Vegas. They went out live on 106 Century FM in the East Midlands of England. We broadcast from the High Rollers Suite on the top floor of […]


Even the best on-air promotions can be made better with a small tweak. With Valentines Day coming up soon, I’m reminded of the best Valentine’s Day promotion I’ve ever been involved in. If I ever get the chance to do it again though, I’ll do it slightly differently. The promotion was called “Valentines in Vegas”. […]


Breakfast radio shows work best when they’re based on a true story. It means you have to put as much of your personal life on the air as you’re comfortable with. It helps if you’ve got someone on the air with you who’s going through some interesting things and is happy to share. In 2003 […]


Breakfast radio is live, because of that things don’t always go exactly the way you planned. In 2002, I was the host of the Breakfast Show on 106 Century FM in the East Midlands. Darren Fletcher was our sports reporter and he was having trouble with his dog. Kobe was a mental chocolate labrador and […]


In 2002, an amazing coincidence occurred at 106 Century FM in the East Midlands that helped me briefly fool most of the staff there. At the time, there was more bed hopping at the radio station than at a 70s key party. The partner of one of the presenters worked in sales and had cheated […]


In 2001 I learned a great lesson about perspective. I made a series of programs for Carlton Television called “Trading Places”, which went out on ITV. They took people from different walks of life and gave them a disability for a week. As I work with sound, they made me deaf. It’s actually difficult to […]


When you have to move to a new town quickly, there isn’t time to fully research the best and worst areas to live. You can usually tell the rough bits from the nice bits by going there, but we slipped up in 2001. I got a job as Breakfast Show host on 106 Century FM, […]