Posts Tagged ‘Sydney’

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 […]


Julie knows that being a radio wife can be challenging at times. In Part 227 I mentioned an event that was put on by 5SE Mount Gambier in South Australia when I presented the Breakfast Show there. Julie has no memory of this event, probably because she wasn’t invited. Over the years she has missed […]


“We now cross Live to our reporter standing 20 metres behind us”, is what the host of Nine News in Brisbane Australia should have said, when they crossed live to a reporter at the Supreme Court. The reporter, Michael Best was standing in the distance. You can see a cameraman and Best preparing for the […]


I now have something in common with fifteen Nobel Prize winners. I’ve given a speech at the Royal Institution in London. It was the venue for a broadcasting conference called, “Next Radio”. The room was filled with people who work in the radio industry. The Royal Institution was founded in 1799 by the leading British […]


It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 20 years since I started on the air at 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. It was the last commercial radio station I worked on in Australia, I left in 1997 and moved to Britain. Here’s some of my favourite callers from my 2GO […]


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, […]


I just got a reminder of how we’re all being tracked online. I did a bit on BOB fm yesterday about cyclists riding naked through the streets of London. Underneath it, I played “Yakety Sax” by Boots Randolph III. You probably know it as the theme to The Benny Hill Show. Today, I opened Youtube […]


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 […]


Double Take!

07Jun16

You’re going to think I’ve made this up but I swear it’s true. Sam and Michelle left BOB fm a couple of weeks ago, they worked as sales executives. They’ve been replaced by two new people in the sales team. The new salespeople’s names are, “Sam” and “Michelle”. That’s right, Sam and Michelle have been […]


There will be many touching tributes to Muhammad Ali at his funeral on Friday but it’ll be hard to top what he said about himself. Muhammad Ali is the only celebrity I can think of that got away with telling everyone how great he was without making himself unlikeable. In fact the more he said […]


Mack Nuggets

04Jun16

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 was Chris Evans on Top Gear? Australia is BIG; Navigational nightmares; Why I don’t trust Cambridge; The truth about plain cigarette packaging; How to save yourself from becoming resistant to antibiotics; […]


Sometimes you should look at the glass as half full. I got an email from James Cridland the other day. James is a British radio consultant who recently moved to Brisbane, Australia. He mentioned that 4BC, the talk station in Brisbane now has only one local presenter. The rest of the shows are networked from […]


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 […]


“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 […]


Sometimes I wonder how much impact I’ve had on radio listeners because I’ve moved around a lot. I never planned to move around so much but I’ve had to go where the work is. Every radio station I’ve worked at has been a long way from the previous one, usually hundreds of miles, sometimes thousands. […]


You can’t buy happiness. In 2001, I’d been at BRMB for three years. In that time, a lot had changed. I’d outlasted two General Managers, a series of Program Directors and on-air lineup re-shuffles that meant every daypart but Breakfast had changed at least once. I’d been moved from a daily mid-morning show to weekends. […]


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 […]


By early 1997, I was pretty sure that I had failed in my first attempt to get a job on the radio in the UK. I was presenting the night-time show on 2GO on the New South Wales Central Coast. 2CR in Bournemouth wrote to me, said they liked my demo and told me they were […]


Word of Mouse

21May14

I can’t understand why someone who works nine feet away from you in an open-plan office will lean over and say “I’ve just sent you an email”. Does office etiquette dictate that TALKING is to be kept to a bare minimum? I don’t know that much about working in an office because until I got […]