Crunch & Roll

Tales from the dysfunctional world of radio, told by the people who have been there, done that and got the branded bomber jacket. Host John Fox chats to some of the great and the good (and the available) who made their name sitting in a padded room talking to themselves. Expect incredible stories, brutal honesty, juicy revelations, big old laughs and even the odd tear. Support Crunch & Roll on Ko-Fi - https://ko-fi.com/crunchandroll

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10 hours ago

What? Another legend from the station formerly known as Wave 105? Ambassador, you're spoiling us.
Mark Collins is another stalwart of the South Coast radio scene and still plies his trade on the mighty 105.2FM (or DAB 11B / 11C in new money), under it's new name, Great Hits Radio. You might have heard of it...
But Mark had a career longer than most before he'd ever been to the South Coast taking in Chiltern, Red Dragon, Radio City, Hallam and one single show on TalkSport amongst others.
Highlights of his chat with Foxy include learning the lesson of taking a job just for the money might not always be the best option; how he was effectively guarantor to a well know presenter he wanted to hire against the wishes of his boss; and the best story about giving away a Panasonic boombox in South Wales that you'll ever hear.
 
Here's a stack of classic Collins: https://www.aircheckdownloads.com/audio-search?term=mark+collins&sort_bef_combine=relevance_DESC
Hear Mark on Greatest Hits Radio South Coast, weekdays 1300-1600: https://planetradio.co.uk/greatest-hits/south-coast/
Mark's Twitter: https://x.com/SparkyTheClown
Feel free to drop down a Trainspotting rabbit hole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnKLvmuo1Vs
 
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S03 E21 - John Foster

Monday Jun 10, 2024

Monday Jun 10, 2024

Us radio folk wear the term anorak as a badge of honour. But no matter how big a radio geek you think you are, you're really not, because John Foster is the Anorak in Chief.
As Foxy chats to him, he produces pieces of paraphernalia, liberated from former workplaces, each with a story attached. He also has an incredible memory for details such as radio station addresses, straplines and trim levels of branded cars he's owned!
He takes us through his career, from the heady early days at Radio Cleveland, right through to the emotional times towards the end of his time in the industry.
 
Listen to some classic Foster here, with clips from pretty much every station he's ever worked at!: https://www.aircheckdownloads.com/audio-search?term=john+foster&sort_bef_combine=relevance_DESC
Need a voice over, some media training or event hosting? John's your man: https://www.johnfostervoice.com/
John's Twitter: https://x.com/johnfostervoice
 
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S03 E20 - James Heming

Monday Jun 03, 2024

Monday Jun 03, 2024

We've featured some presenters who are synonymous with the stations where they plied their trade for an impressive amount of time - Fresh at Beacon and Elliott Webb at BRMB for example - and there's no denying that James Heming is Mr Invicta.
He spent the majority of his career at a station in Kent, somewhere he admits he couldn't have pointed to on a map before moving there! And for an incredible 19 of years of his time there, he was on Breakfast. Not bad for a cover jock...
He also opens up about his ill-fated stint on XFM breakfast; his bromance with a well-known fellow Invicta presenter; and how he dropped the F bomb on at 8.10 one morning!
So tune in and rip the knob off! (If you know, you know...)
 
James's socials: https://www.instagram.com/jamesjheming/ | https://x.com/jamesheming
James on XFM! https://www.aircheckdownloads.com/uk-airchecks/xfm-london/1990s/james-heming-aug-29th-1998-230
Listen to James, weekend mornings, 7-11: https://www.madeinkent.co.uk/shows
 
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S03 E19 - Clive Dickens

Sunday May 26, 2024

Sunday May 26, 2024

For the two of you who don't know, Clive was one of the big guns in UK radio management. The King of Capital. The Duke of Jack. The Archbishop of Absolute. But then he went to Australia, and took a lifetime of radio knowledge and enough stories to fill your average-sized encyclopaedia with him.
So very early (too early) one Sunday, when British Summer Time and Australian Eastern Standard Time conveniently aligned, we embarked on a mission to liberate and disseminate some of this knowledge and these stories from the Southern hemisphere.
So prepare to find out how Elton John was responsible for him getting into radio, how he almost introduced Posh and Becks back in the 90s, and how he's not scared of Richard Park!
There's also some consumer advice on how you might go about buying a major radio group, so if your in the market for one, you might want to make some notes.
 
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S03 E18 - Simon Logan

Monday Apr 15, 2024

Monday Apr 15, 2024

On the advice of our legal team, which as regular listeners will know is a made up guy called Gary, we were advised to give this guest the chance to rebuke a serious accusation made against him by several previous guests on this podcast. So for the avoidance of doubt, SIMON LOGAN HAS NEVER THROWN A WHITEBOARD RUBBER AT ANYONE.
Now that unpleasantness is out of the way...
Simon was the guy on the Viking FM breakfast show when a fresh-faced young John Daniel Fox was travelling to college, drenched in Joop and wearing one of those colour-changing t-shirts.
So, in the week that Viking FM celebrates its 40th birthday (and ceases to actually be Viking FM anymore, but let's not dwell on that), who better to get on than one of its legendary jocks.
Simon may have been best known for his on-air wind up calls both in Hull and on Radio Aire in Leeds. In fact he put out a CD of the best wind ups and got into the top 20 of the actual album charts, sandwiched between two Britpop stalwarts!
Most recently he's been plying his trade on BBC Radio Newcastle, a job that he got all by himself. But if a former Radio 1 legend had his way, he could have been his agent and taken a tidy 15%. More on that in the episode.
And did you know he may have been the highest paid overnight guy ever? You will once you've listened.
So many great stories and big laughs in this episode. Enjoy!
 
There is some FANTASTIC classic Logie to listen to here: https://www.aircheckdownloads.com/audio-search?term=simon+logan&sort_bef_combine=relevance_DESC
Hear Simon's more recent 80s v 90s shows on BBC Radio Newcastle: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004wzjk
 
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S03E17 - Mike Toolan

Monday Apr 08, 2024

Monday Apr 08, 2024

Foxy's guest this episode is a former Whatnotter. You know, from the Saturday Whatnot on Essex Radio... No?
If that's not ringing any bells, maybe you know him from his mere 26 years at Key 103 / Hits Radio. YES! That Mike Toolan!
Of course he's one of the biggest names in the business and who's been on Radio Aire, BRMB and Capital, as well as an actual GENERATION on 103FM in Manchester, so won't need too much of an introduction.
We'll just whet your appetite with some of the contents of our hour with him:
Find out who he pretended to be to get on air in the USA.
What word did he get someone to say that got him sacked from hospital radio.
How he drove a colleague to turn up to his show armed with an actual gun!
Who got the Radio 1 gig when he was down to the final two candidates.
How he felt when he was replaced on breakfast with a former guest. And how he felt when he was reinstated.
If that hasn't got your juices flowing, you're listening to the wrong podcast.
 
Listen to Mike on the Hits Radio network weekdays from 4: https://planetradio.co.uk/hits-radio/presenters/mike-toolan/
Classic Toolan here, including an incredible snoop from a 1993 Rock FM show: https://www.aircheckdownloads.com/audio-search?term=mike+toolan&sort_bef_combine=relevance_DESC
Mike's Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Toolyboy
 

S03 E16 - Steve Power

Monday Apr 01, 2024

Monday Apr 01, 2024

Стив Пауэр любит поезда.
Just a little message for anyone who can understand Russian there. That doesn't include the guest on this episode, Steve Power, who ended up accidentally studying the language. There may have been drink involved.
Steve must have been one of the longest serving breakfast show jocks ever. 17 BLOOMIN' YEARS! And not your lightweight 6am start nonsense. He was waking up the South of England from 5.30am!
Most recently he's been on air at a much more civilised time of day, but his beloved Wave 105 has just been Greatest Hits Radioified, so he's hanging up his headphones... for now at least.
What a career to date though. He made tea at BBC Radio Sussex; ran Southern FM and Power FM under Richard Park; and went national on Virgin Radio too. But it's his mighty stint at Wave 105 that he's probably best known for.
During his chat with Foxy he talks about how he didn't enjoy being a PD; how he has no time for people who live in radio's past, and tells us about a case of mistaken identity at a nightclub PA in Wellingborough! 
 
Listen to some classic Steve here: https://www.aircheckdownloads.com/audio-search?term=steve+power&sort_bef_combine=relevance_DESC
Find out his next move on his Twitter: https://twitter.com/stevepowerdj
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S03 E15 - Ben Jones

Monday Mar 25, 2024

Monday Mar 25, 2024

Before we started recording, Ben Jones told us he has a namesake in the radio industry and wanted to check we had the right guy. Er, yeah. We're sure.
Ben was ever-present on the original Virgin Radio / Absolute Radio for a decade for goodness sake. He now plies his trade on the new Virgin Radio (amongst other pies he has his fingers in...), but it hasn't all been plain sailing to get there. After leaving Absolute there were some pretty dark times which Ben opens up about, and some of us will be able to relate to.
But the good times majorly outweigh the bad, and he tells us all about them. Like blagging his way to Spain with a Capital legend; how he was the last person to interview David Bowie(!), and how "nobody gave a shit about his shiny trousers"!
About those other pies Ben has his fingers in then. As well as radio he's also a prolific podcaster (can't see that ever catching on but, whatever) AND A BLOOMIN' MOVIE PRODUCER!
His new film Love to Hate: Nickelback is about, well, sure you can work that one out. Many radio people will totally relate to that title after playing Rockstar for the 7000th time! If you're listening to the podcast the day it comes out, you'll be able to see the film in the actual cinema from Wednesday (27th March 2024). And it's a bit good, irrespective of how you feel about its titular subjects.
 
Love to Hate: Nickelback is in cinemas on Wednesday 27th and Saturday 30th March 2024. Here's the trailer to whet your apatite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpvOigy8UR4
And there's more on the film here: https://www.nickelbackfilm.com/home/
Here's some classic on-air Jones: https://www.aircheckdownloads.com/audio-search?term=ben+jones&sort_bef_combine=relevance_DESC
And here's his Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisisbenjones
 

S03 E14 - Dave Kelly

Monday Feb 26, 2024

Monday Feb 26, 2024

Has there ever been a more iconic evening show than Dave Kelly’s epoch-defining broadcast on Galaxy?
If you were to write the recipe for the perfect evening show, you’d use all the ingredients that made Dave’s show so perfect. Daft features – Tick. Dicking about – Tick. Pushing the boundaries of what you get away with – Tick. Bangers – Tick.
But what made this young fella from Northampton become the Don of Dusk?
Luckily you’ve found the podcast to answer that very question.
Galaxy wasn’t the only notable station on his CV. He had a good run at Capital and even turned his hand at doing breakfast on Radio City. He spills the beans on how all this came to pass, and in the case of City, the unfortunate ending.
He also reveals he might be one of the biggest radio geeks out there (don’t get him started on split jingles); how he cost Galaxy tens of thousands of pounds due to a couple of significant cock-ups; and how he’s not the only Dave Kelly in radio.
Dave now lives in the Cayman Islands and does shows for stations all over the world. Sucks to be Dave… But prepare to play the world’s smallest violin when plays the sympathy card regarding the price of frozen produce in the Caribbean.
 
Follow Dave on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davekellydj
Find out about his current station, X107.1 in the Cayman Islands: https://www.facebook.com/x1071/?locale=en_GB
And here’s some classic Dave in his Galaxy pomp: https://www.aircheckdownloads.com/audio-search?term=dave+kelly+galaxy&sort_bef_combine=relevance_DESC
 
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S03 E13 - Dirk Anthony

Monday Feb 19, 2024

Monday Feb 19, 2024

Dirk Anthony is one of the most famous, or for some, infamous, radio bosses there's ever been. He pretty much ran the show at GWR and then Gcap, after the merger with Capital.
When you weald so much power for so long it's difficult for some to see beyond the 'big, scary boss' tag, and forget there's s real person with their own story, dealing with their own pressures.
So, not having had too many dealings Dirk in the past, Foxy was a bit nervous about grilling "the Guvnor"... but it's probably fair to say Dirk was more nervous!
We started right at the beginning, taking in his slightly fortuitous entry into the industry after initially taking on a trade. He lifts the lid on the GWR / Capital merger, and muses on a job he could / should have taken on. And he addresses the "bloody Aussies" feeling some people had, with great humility and understanding. Oh, he also tells us his real name - listen right to the end for that.
And whatever you thought you knew about Dirk, prepare to find out the real story.
 
Dirk is now a partner of the consultancy company Blank White Page (https://blankwhitepage.co.uk/) and has made the incredibly kind offer to help any Crunch & Roll listener who's struggling with life after radio to understand who their skills and experience can be invaluable in the outside world. Contact him at dirk.anthony@blankwhitepage.co.uk.

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