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The adventures of a twenty-something man in South East stupidmediaworld...

Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Mix

Friday, August 04, 2006


Well, this is how I feel right now. Apparently. Get your own portrait here, and thanks to AGirlIUsedToKnow for the heads up. Wicked.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Every three months, the radio industry gets its latest set of listening figures. These rather ominous events are called RAJAR days, and around this time every DJ and programme controller gets that sick feeling rather like the one you have the morning you get your GCSE exam results. The figures can actually be broken down into fifteen minute segments so if your show - or a part of your show - isn't working, you can tell.

But today was another good one for us. We posted more listeners for the second consecutive time, and people are listening to us for longer as well. It's a great feeling to know people are choosing your radio show and station over so many others.

And in the event that listening figures should ever drop, it is important to remember the DJ mantra: the system is flawed. But for now, go RAJAR! A great system! Wooh!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


So come on, then.

When drunk, how many of us have called Quizcall TV...or Quizmania...or any number of those 60p whether-you're-selected-or-not jobbies that litter our late night TV and the upper reaches of the Sky EPG?

"Five letters", beams the presenter (she's 21. They're all 21. Just out of acting college. You know she really wants to be doing Shakespeare. But quiz telly is just something she does. Like the plumber who "actually plays keyboards").

"Five hundred pounds. It rhymes with SPROUT, and boys all joined this club when they were at school. For £500, call now!" (music gets faster and presenter gets more excited.)

And then there's the call.

"Hey honey, what's your answer?"

(wails of feedback down the line as caller refuses to follow repeated requests to "turn down your TV, gorgeous!")

Caller: "Hello? Hello?" (why are the callers always from Doncaster?)

Presenter: "Hi, honey! For £500! Five letters! Rhymes with sprout! Boys joined this at school! What's your answer?"

Caller: "Is it sea cadets?"


Well hello! I'm Neil, I'm 28 and I live in London. I work in radio, I own a dog and I like Kylie, books by Douglas Coupland and Elizabeth Wurtzel and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Lost In Translation are my favourite movies.

This is feeling more and more like internet dating by the second! I'm heavily into popular culture and politics (isn't that what everybody puts down on their internet dating form / CV?) so I guess that's what I'll be talking about most on here.

A prize of ten pounds sterling to the first person (it might take a few months, until this blog gets known I guess!) who correctly identifies where the name of my shiny new blog comes from. Not you, Del!
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