Posts Tagged ‘TFM’

Bye Bye BOB

06Apr19

Sad news this week, Bob FM has been bought by Communicorp and will be rebranded as Heart Hertfordshire. I worked there for five years and had a great time, I left in July last year. It means that every commercial radio station I’ve worked on in the UK has now disappeared. 2CRFM in Dorset and […]


When is a deal not a deal? At one UK radio station where I worked, after presenting the Breakfast show for about three years, I was told I was being moved to the afternoon Drive program. I still had about a year left on my contract, which clearly stated that the job was, “Breakfast show […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]