Posts Tagged ‘Program Director’

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

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 […]


Air Heads

10Feb16

Today I heard something unusual, a great radio demo.  In all the years I’ve been a radio station Program Director, I can’t remember the last time I heard something this good on a demo. Where are all the real entertainers? Do they stay away from commercial music radio because it’s restrictive and boring? Is blandness being […]


It’s always fun when you embarrass the competition. Commercial radio is very competitive. From a sales point of view our ‘product’ is listeners, that’s what we sell to advertisers. It’s a zero sum game, for the ratings on my radio station to go up, someone else’s have to go down. That can lead to some […]


Secrets don’t stay secrets for very long in radio. In 2001, I was presenting the 9 till noon show on BRMB in Birmingham. I still had over a year left to run on a three year deal and was being paid a stupid amount of money. The on-air lineup was changed every quarter and in […]


The first thing I had to get used to when I started working on commercial radio in Britain is that Program Directors are called Program Controllers. Their title, ‘Program Controller’ is abbreviated to “PC”. That’s confusing because PC is also the abbreviation for ‘Politically Correct’, ‘Police Constable’ and Personal Computer. Mind you, I’ve worked for […]


“You don’t stay at the same radio station for very long, do you?” is what I was told before I started work here at BOB fm a year ago. The thing is, I usually last longer than the Program Directors that hire me. That’s true for all but a couple of radio stations and obviously […]


A lot of people in radio have got high paying jobs because they know how to suck up. Some of them have made a career out of it. I’ve seen some spectacular examples of crawling over the years. My favourite two are the bloke who was promoted to Assistant Program Director because he used to […]


When someone offers you a lot of money, they’re trying to solve THEIR problem, not yours. In Part 128, I told you about the time I was offered a stupid amount of money at BRMB in Birmingham. I’d been there three months, still had fifteen months left on my contract and wasn’t getting on with […]


Sometimes people who’ve turned you over, end up in a position where they find themselves asking for your help. “The Program Director’s name is Graham Mack… “G, R, A, H… yes, that’s him… yes, I think he did used to work there…” When Laura in the BOB fm office hung up the phone, she turned […]


There is no job security in radio. About the worst thing that can happen is if the person that hired you is replaced. Now you’re working for someone that didn’t choose you. Often they’ve got a different idea of how your show should sound or may even have someone else in mind for the job. […]


“I really like what’s on your demo tape, do you ever get over this way?” When you’re looking for on-air work, those are the sweetest words you can hear. In 1994, I was presenting the Breakfast show on 5SE in South Australia but I was looking for a new gig because a new Program Director […]


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 […]