Posts Tagged ‘TFM Radio’

Time and Temp

22Aug16

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 […]


Television is obsessed with taking people out of their comfort zone and making them look stupid. Carlton Television made me do a radio show without being able to hear properly, on Ready Steady Cook they made me prepare food on camera and the most uncomfortable one of all was in 2009 when Krash TV got […]


Once I was given a dead fish. It was in 2009 when I was the Breakfast Show host at TFM Radio in the North East. I’d been the guest of honour at the birthday celebrations at a local lifeboat station. I don’t know why I was booked and I had no idea I was the […]


I don’t know where it came from or how I did it but suddenly I heard myself saying the words that saved me from total public humiliation. In 2009 I was the presenter of the Breakfast Show on TFM Radio in the North East. I got booked to appear at a local lifeboat station’s birthday […]


It’s one of the most awkward things I’ve ever heard amplified through a public address system. Sometimes I’ve been forced to work with people who have very little self awareness. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have anything to do with these people. The problem is no one knows that, they think I chose to associate with these […]


Once, when planning my exit, I made quite an entrance. Whenever I show up for a live appearance, the first thing I look for is how I’m going to get out. At large outdoor events, If you don’t have an exit plan, you can find yourself trapped there for a long time after your bit […]


The big difference between working in radio and and working in television is the time everything takes. In radio, things happen fast. You have an idea, grab some music and sound effects and away you go. In television there’s make-up, lighting, costumes and so many people involved, I don’t know what they all do. In […]


I got the feeling things had come full circle in 2008. Before I got into radio, in fact before I became an air-conditioning mechanic, I worked as a pipefitter on an oil refinery construction site in New Zealand. I was 18 when I first started on the site, it was 1983. I stayed there till […]


The show did go on! One day in 2007, The Graham Mack Blues Band were booked to play at Mr Kyps in Poole, Dorset. The only problem was, I was living over 300 miles away in the North East and the musicians that made up the band there, weren’t available on that night. I called […]


The show must go on! That’s the first rule of show business. From July 2006 till May 2010 I lived in the North East. I was the host of the Breakfast Show on TFM Radio. I was also the front man of The Graham Mack Blues Band. All of the musicians in the band lived […]


I feel sorry for Ofcom. They have to deal with complaints about radio stations from crazy people. Yes, the people who complain to Ofcom about what radio stations broadcast are all crazy. With all the choices of what to listen to, these are the people who consistently chose to listen to stations that aren’t aimed at […]


Ofcom, the government quango that regulates radio broadcasting in the UK is still dealing with a complaint about me from 2008. I was the host of the Breakfast Show on TFM in the North East. We lived on a suburban estate and I used to talk about my neighbours. I never said exactly where I […]


In 2008 I got a complaint about something I did on TFM Radio that still hasn’t been resolved. Radio in the UK is regulated by an organisation called Ofcom. They have a strange way of dealing with complaints. You only need to get ONE complaint for them to swing into action and the person who […]


I’ve talked to a cannibal. In 2007, I was the host of the Breakfast Show on TFM Radio in the North East. I asked people to call in with the most unusual thing they’d ever eaten. You can listen to here; The next day the story made headlines around the world. Here’s how some of […]


The thing I liked most about living in the North East was the people. There was a straight talking, no-nonsense, practicality to them. In 2006 when I presented the Breakfast show on TFM on Teesside. The Euromillions lottery jackpot went to over a hundred million pounds. I asked people to call in to the show […]


Julie had a brand new life experience when we moved to Teesside in 2006. Julie grew up in New Zealand where most houses are bungalows. In Australia and everywhere else we’ve lived in the UK we’ve always rented flats. At the age of 38, our house on Teesside was the first time Julie had lived […]


I found a great way to deal with cold callers. In 2006 when we moved into our new house on Teesside, one of the first things I did was hook up a mixing desk to a telephone balancing unit. I had a condenser microphone plugged into the mixer so I could record all of my […]


When you move to a new neighbourhood, the last thing you want to do is fall out with the local kids. In July 2006, I got a job as the Breakfast Presenter at TFM Radio on Teesside so we moved up there. The house we rented was in a place called Wynyard. It’s a kind […]


Tight schedules and small windows of opportunity can create a lot of stress. Every time I get a new radio job, Julie and I have to move house, quickly, usually hundreds of miles. The first thing we have to do each time is find somewhere to live. In June 2006 I got offered the Breakfast […]