Posts Tagged ‘Parkes’

Usually radio stations are programmed to appeal to their target audience. That isn’t always the case. I found that out in my first on-air gig at 2PK, Parkes in the Central west of New South Wales, Australia in 1993. There was a broadcasting regulation that meant that if the town you broadcast from didn’t have […]

Some decisions that radio station Program Directors make baffle me. I’ve worked on music stations where you weren’t allowed to play two female artists back-to-back, a station where I was told to play more music in the afternoon because there weren’t enough songs being played at breakfast time and a station that sped up all […]

Time and Temp


There’s one thing about working on the radio in Britain that’s the opposite way around to how it was when I worked on the air in Australia. Every radio station I worked on in Oz had a gauge in the on-air studio that showed you the outside temperature. At the end of weather forecasts on […]

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 […]

Mack Nuggets


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 […]

“Most of the things I do are misunderstood. Hey, after all, being misunderstood is the fate of all true geniuses, is it not?” That quote comes from Howard Stern in his movie Private Parts. Maybe it’s a broadcasting thing, since I got into radio, I’ve constantly been misunderstood, right from the very start. In 1993, I […]

“We’d like to go ahead and hire you as the new drive-time presenter on 3GG in Warragul Victoria”. Finally Mark Vale had a vacancy at the radio station he was running over 400kms east of where we lived in Mount Gambier, South Australia. I’d been sending him demo tapes and talking to him on the […]

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 […]

We were surprised when the removal bloke turned up on his own. It was the night before we moved 1038 kilometres from Parkes in New South Wales to Mount Gambier. He told us he was going to sleep in his truck but first he was going to the pub over the road to “hire” someone […]

I got interviewed for my second radio job while I was doing my first radio job. In August 1994, I’d been working at 2PK in the Central West of New South Wales for about a year. I was on the air when I got a call off the air from Steve Whelan the General Manager at […]

I thought I was going to get the sack every day of my first paid radio job. It was 1993 and I was hired to present the Breakfast Show at “Hits and Memories, 2PK” in the Central West of New South Wales. They started me on the afternoon/drive shift and moved me to Breakfast when […]

I’ve found myself in some bizarre situations thanks to radio. Once it happened indirectly but I still blame radio. My first paying job was at 2PK in Parkes in the Central West of New South Wales. They hired me to do the breakfast show but after I made a mess of one of the funeral […]

I was trapped inside the radio station with the lights out, pretending I wasn’t there. That was the bizarre situation I found myself in one night at my first radio job in 1993. Although I was hired to do the breakfast show at 2PK in Parkes in the Central West of New South Wales, I […]

In 1993, one of the strangest things I discovered while working on the air at 2PK in Parkes in the Central West of New South Wales was the Pinnacle-Grenfell Guinea Pig Races. It’s hard to explain exactly what goes on there so I was delighted to find this YouTube video from a few years ago which […]

Police in regional Australia are very different to Sydney cops. They take a more practical approach to problem solving. We found this out when Julie and I lived in Parkes in the Central West of New South Wales. We’d moved there in 1993 because I’d got a job on the air at the local radio […]

Being on the radio every day is the coolest job in the world. So many people want to do it but don’t know how to get started so they do odd things to get noticed. My first on-air job was at 2PK in New South Wales, Australia. The radio station was in Parkes. In 1993, […]

What do you do when you come face to face with deadly spiders? My first paid job in commercial radio was at 2PK, in Parkes which is in the Central West of New South Wales. Julie and I moved there from Sydney so I could present the afternoon show. We soon discovered that we shared […]