You could say that this is a radio show that was nearly fifty years in the making. In fact, now that I think on it, I wonder why it’s taken so long for someone to ask me to do it? I grew up on radio and it was a big part of my early life. I listened to the New York Knicks Basketball games on a tiny, battery powered AM/FM radio late at night (when I was supposed to be in bed) and was captured by the voice of sportscaster Marv Albert - “Frazier shoots……….YESSSSS!!!”
The first radio personality that I had become really aware of was “Cousin Brucie”, Bruce Morrow in New York City. Straight away, even as a little kid I wanted to be in on the fun. So badly, in fact that I used to interview myself on my own little cassette recorder. I’m not sure who I thought I was. And when I got a little older and hung out with a few like-minded friends, we started interviewing each other and adding sound effects. Usually home-made. Usually after a big meal.
It wasn’t until my time with Tyketto that I got a glimpse of how it was really done. We would be rushed in and out of a hundred stations as we toured across America, pushing our album and our upcoming concerts.
In 1992 Brooke and I did a whirlwind trip around the States going on loads of local morning shows, trying to get them to play some Tyketto, or even performing live, acoustically. That was when I met a different breed of human. The morning radio jock. These guys were up at 3 am to get the ball rolling and were on their 12th cup of strong coffee by the time we stumbled in at the late hour of 8 am. You wouldn’t believe how fast some of these guys could talk. And you quickly learned not to miss your cue when asked a question. A moments pause, one tiny hesitation on your part and they were on to the next thing and you were left with nothing to show for the early morning wake up call.
Radio in Europe was different. More often than not these were shows that were privately run (I only ever got to the BBC once) and were more loosely formatted with more time for thought and for fun. I liked these a lot.
So that’s what I was thinking about when Firebrand Rock Radio asked me to do my own, monthly broadcast. I wanted to bring to the show something opinionated, quirky and a little different. Me. So whether I’m telling rock and roll stories from my past, interviewing a few of my musical compadres, or musing on any subject from the origins of life to the many uses of duct tape, what else could I call it but, “Me And My Big Mouth”?
It airs the 2nd Friday of every month at 8pm, UK time at www.firebrandrr.com but you can listen to it any time afterwards by downloading the podcasts.
And let’s not forget the music. I play what I like. And, if I may say so, it’s damn good stuff. Most of all, I’m having fun! Won’t you join me?
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