Posts Tagged ‘television’

London Calling

19Sep17

In the latest episode of my show for America; Storm Aileen hits Britain. Do you brush your teeth in the shower? Speed cameras. Where will the next royal baby be born? Houseguests from hell. Do public holidays cause panda pregnancies in Scotland? A phone scam. Confusion over the new iPhones. Offensive candy. A conversation about […]


London Calling

29Aug17

In my latest show for America, Slim Jim Phantom talks about the success of The Stray Cats from starting out in London to making it in America, the breakup, the reunions and how he’s worked with rock ‘n’ roll royalty. In, “What’s Happening In Britain” – Reaction to the terror attacks in Barcelona; Why Britain […]


I got emotional on BBC Radio Merseyside yesterday. Driving to work, I heard the news that Chuck Berry had died. I don’t know why it affected me so much, I didn’t know him and never met him. I did see him live once though and can only describe the experience as spiritual. In 1989, I […]


I’ve been asked to be a judge again at the New York Festivals Radio Program Awards. This year, they’re doing a feature interviews series with the judges called, “Open Mic: The Wonderful World of Radio” for their website. They sent some interesting questions which made me think hard about my answers. I don’t know how […]


If you enjoyed listening to my interview with Suzi Quatro, you can thank Winston Churchill. Have you ever had one of those days when there’s one big thing that you need to accomplish but everything that happens that day seems to be working against you? I had one of those days a few weeks ago. […]


I have a big problem and I don’t know what to do about it. An interview went bad the other week, very bad. I’ve been interviewing some amazing people on my new online show, ‘London Calling’. It’s a show about Britain and is aimed at America. Last month, I got the chance to talk to […]


Just Shoot Me

27Sep16

Nothing is what it seems where we live in Hitchin right now. Julie got shouted at as she was walking through the market square. They’re filming the new season of Doctor Foster and she was just about to walk into the shot. “Stop! You can’t walk through there, you’ll have to go around!”, is what […]


Johnny B. Good.

24Sep16

My favourite American broadcaster right now is Jonathon Brandmeier. His show goes out live every day on over a hundred radio stations. There’s something positive and uplifting about his style. Even when he’s complaining, he sounds like he’s having fun. I also love the way he interacts with his newsman, Buzz Kilman. This week, I […]


Real people are more entertaining than radio presenters. I’m talking about listener phone calls. There’s something special about phone calls on the radio. They’re authentic, unique and unpredictable and the presenter becomes more real when they’re talking to a listener on the phone. It’s hard to get listeners to call in these days. It never used […]


Pass The Duchy

13Sep16

What is the royal prerogative? Well, here’s an example; there is a UK property business that owns land and buildings in 23 different counties. That includes farming land, residential and commercial properties, including the oval cricket ground in London, and other assets including ancient monuments, coastline and quarries all worth around £1bn. It makes more […]


Humans can learn a lot from computers. Computers, since they operate by logical processes and don’t question things, will process nonsensical, input data and produce nonsensical, output. In computer science they have an acronym for this, GIGO. It stands for “Garbage In, Garbage Out”. When you think about it, lots of things work this way. […]


Mack Nuggets

04Sep16

Here’s what I’ve been up to on BOBfm lately… Inappropriate laughter; A bizarre wrong number; A leopard in the hotel room; If it’s got boobs or wheels, it’ll give you problems; Why Nancy won’t go back to London; 20 years since Oasis played Knebworth; Why the Daily Mail is great; Show us your tats; Is […]


We were told that the radio station BOBfm, would be destroyed, go out of business or be taken off the air, two years ago this week. In the run-up to the referendum on Scottish Independence, we banned all Scottish music. Listen to how we did it here… This got us some great publicity. Newspapers on […]


There’s something special about a prank you pull on someone who’s in a position of authority. I’m reading John Cleese’ autobiography, “So, Anyway…” I’m enjoying the tales from when he was at school and some of the pranks that were played on teachers. It reminded me of things teachers had to cope with in classes […]


Cracked it!

27Aug16

When I discovered a three inch long crack in my car’s windscreen, I was angry at first, then I realised that crack contained the secret to eternal life. The crack can’t be repaired, I need a new windscreen. It’s the latest part that needs replacing. I’ve had the car for about a year and a […]


Paper Chase

25Aug16

It’s time for radio presenters to stop reading out of the newspapers on the air. Reviewing the papers is an odd media tradition in this country. I think it started in the early 80’s when, as an “and finally”, Newsnight would show you the front pages of the following day’s papers. Back then it was cutting […]


Beware of shysters who say they can predict the future! You’d think that in the 21st Century, there wouldn’t be much call for fortune tellers but the profession is alive and well and a lot of money is spent on it. It’s a racket but stupid people continue to fall for this stuff. The most […]


Bum Note

18Aug16

Is there a problem with the world’s largest aircraft? This week, the Airlander 10 took to the skies above Bedfordshire for its maiden voyage. The airship has been nicknamed “The Flying Bum” because of its bulbous exterior. It uses helium to become airborne and can stay in the air for about five days. That’s the […]


Best Bet

14Aug16

I had a thought while I was watching the Olympic athletics. If human beings WANT to run as fast as they can against other human beings and you can bet on those races, why do we need to force horses and dogs to run for our entertainment? Craic on! Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets […]


Blame Storming

09Aug16

Reading the Daily Mail is great because it reminds you that nothing is your fault. If you’re fat, it’s because supermarkets are promoting obesity by allowing ‘special offers’ on fizzy drinks. If your kids are fat, it’s not because YOU feed them too much, it’s because there are too many fast food places near schools. […]