Radio had little meaning to me until I was introduced to Tony Martin and Mick Molloy. I was 15 when they started doing drive time. I was hormonal, a bit angry and pretty much hated everything (except Dawson’s Creek) when I first heard: “Now it’s time for the adventures of Blimpy the Lactose-Intolerant Cat. He’s not very well, he’s leaking a smell. We should put him out but, it wouldn’t be fair. ‘Cause he’s just a normal cat….. with the shits!” It’s fair to say The Martin Molloy show rocked my Dawson’s Creek loving world.
With segments like “Girlie Man” who shopped at Portmans and loved fake tan and the aforementioned Blimpy, radio suddenly stopped being background noise. It became a genuine source of joy, and above all, really good poo jokes. Now I’m afraid with the departure of Hamish and Andy radio is in danger of becoming bland, background noise once more.
When the boys finished up recently a huge gaping hole was created in the radio landscape. I, like a lot of people were left wondering what was next? Teams like this rarely come along and for a radio nerd like me it caused a little bit of panic. You see, I want people to love radio as much as I do! I am some sort of self appointed ambassador and radio is my wayward daughter…
Anyway, I thought this week I’d take you on a small tour behind the curtain of the radio world. Inspired by Julian Assange (topical), I thought I’d share with you a little of it’s seedy underbelly, some of my experiences and assist you all in winning a prize pack!!!
I wish to start by saying as a performer, how much I love radio. It’s instant, you can’t be edited and you and only YOU are in control. Also, it’s very personal. People choose to let you into their lives on a daily basis, I always felt very humbled by that. The five years I spent on radio were the most challenging and rewarding of my professional life so far.
I am not here to give away all of radio’s secrets as I do wish to return to that medium one day, it’s kind of like the “magicians alliance” – certain things should be kept quiet to maintain the mystique.
So here is my watered down version of Radioleaks.