Articles tagged Radio:

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 63: Interviewing Michael Foot

  • 20 Sep 2018

Thirty five years ago, in the middle of the 1983 election campaign, I was heckling Michael Foot at a packed election meeting in a disused church in Norwich. He, of course loved it, and I helped turned a pedestrian election speech into a humdinger. I wrote to Michael Foot afte...

Ten Podcasts I Listen To... (And Why Few Of Them Are Political)

  • 16 Sep 2018

The term “podcasting” was first invented by Guardian columnist Ben Hammersley in February 2004. But podcasts didn’t really take off in any meaningful way until years later. I only really started listening to podcasts around four or five years ago. Nowadays, they can be big bus...

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 62: Broadcasting With a Persistent Cough

  • 7 Sep 2018

One of the worst things that can happen to a broadcaster is to contract a cold or cough, especially if it lasts for some time. At least on radio, there’s a cough button to press while someone else is talking. You don’t get that luxury on TV. I’ve always had a bit of a tickly ...

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 61: The First Show Nerves Can Now Disappear

  • 4 Sep 2018

Launching a new programme is always nerve-wracking. I’m sure Eddie Mair and I shared that slight empty stomach feeling today. His programme and mine were very different to the previous shows in our respective slots. Radio audiences are very conservative beasts. They don’t li...

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 59: Surviving The Final Show (Without Blubbing)

  • 31 Aug 2018

This evening at 7pm my last Drivetime show on LBC came to a close. I’m not leaving the station, just moving to another slot on Monday, 7-10pm. So I did wonder whether I should just do a normal show today and not say anything about the show coming to an end after five and a h...

Gillian Reynolds Reviews the 'For the Many' podcast

  • 12 Aug 2018

Gillian Reynolds is the doyen of radio reviewers. She was recently headhunted from the Telegraph by the Sunday Times. That’s quite something given she’s in her early eighties. It’s every radio host’s ambition to get a glowing review from Gillian. Some years ago she said on Ra...

WATCH: Interview With Triggernometry

  • 29 Jul 2018

This is an interview I did recently for the triggernometry podcast and Youtube channel. It’s 70 minutes long and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The interviewers are two comedians, Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster. We talk about my career, the power of radio, the NHS, immigratio...

For The Many - A New Weekly Podcast From LBC With Iain Dale & Jacqui Smith

  • 4 Nov 2017

Back in March Jacqui Smith and I left the Sky News Paper Review, where we had established an on-screen partnership over five or six years. I covered the reasons for us leaving HERE. Since then, both of us have been inundated with people asking us when we’re coming back. It’s ...

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 56: LBC's Achieves Record Audience Figures

  • 3 Aug 2017

If you don’t work in the Radio industry then you won’t ever have felt that slight empty feeling in your stomach that we all feel four times a year, when the audience listening figures are announced. Inevitably, there are downs as well as ups, and when they’re down it’s almos...