Archive for July 7th, 2006

2UE Manager Quits

2UE’s general manager, Ian Sheppard, has quit. His decision comes hot on the heels of last week’s sacking of at least nine 2UE staff which, according to insiders, was yet another decision from Southern Cross Broadcasting in Melbourne.

Radioinfo had this to say:

Ian Sheppard, who only last week presided over the sacking of at least nine 2UE staff, some of them having worked at the station for more than 12 years, today fell on his own sword.

The announcement came at a short staff meeting at around 12:30pm where Sheppard was reported by insiders to have said, “I can no longer work at a radio station where there are so few staff”.

According to Southern Cross Group GM, Graham Mott, who will take over management of the station in the short term, Sheppard was offered a job at Channel Nine. He told radioinfo, “Ian Sheppard has done a wonderful job here at 2UE in all his years as both Sales Manager and more recently General Manager. We’re very sorry to see him go, but it’s a great opportunity for him at the Nine Network and we wish him all the best.”

His resignation has come at the end of a tough week for Sheppard. Having had to sack a slew of staff on Friday, on Tuesday, he had to endure a very public taunt from Ray Hadley, on rival station, 2GB. In a spray that also targeted Bill Caralis and John Laws described Ian Sheppard as being, “So lightweight he keeps his office windows shut in case he gets blown away”.

Graham Mott will once again commute from Melbourne until a suitable replacement is found.

Reading between the lines there, it would appear that Ian Sheppard is sick of Melbournites making decisions for a Sydney radio station, and who can blame him? 2UE’s ratings have slipped considerably since SCB Melbourne started interfering in their operations, and Ian Sheppard has consistently been left with the job of answering public questions about each and every change. Will SCB learn from the loss of a very talented manager? I hope so, but I’m not holding my breath.


July 7th, 2006 at 05:13pm

Disturbing Dream

I had a sleep when I got home from work yesterday, during which I had a very disturbing dream.

In the dream I was on late shift and finished work at 7pm, I left work and walked towards the bus stop (a five minute walk), about half way to the bus stop (near a car park) I noticed two people following me and catching up to me, as they got closer it became apparent that they had knives and their intentions were clear…the dream was not clear from there on but I know that I was attacked. The location of the attack was the footpath near the Dickson Woolworths carpark. You would expect a nightmare to end there wouldn’t you? But no, it kept going.

In the dream I went into a state of shock for the next few days, the next thing I remember is being at work three days later and just realising that I didn’t remember a thing about the last 72 hours, other people in the office were asking me if I was OK as I had been looking a bit vague.

The dream continued, this time I was in Belconnen at the bus interchange and I spotted the two attackers again walking towards me…I don’t know what happened from there as the dream changed again, this time I was walking somewhere in a shopping centre when I realised that I had left my radio on a bench, so I walked back and picked up my radio and walked off, a man at one of those charity stands grabbed me, detained me, and accused me of stealing the radio, he then called security who recognised me as the son of a shopping centre employee. My family then appeared and identified me and my radio. I have no recollection of being released, although I do recall that the bloke at the charity stand was one of my attackers, even though I didn’t recognise him as one of them at the time.

Finally, the dream ended.

Interestingly, I have two late shifts next week. Also, I have a clear recollection of the attackers, both were in their late teens/early 20s, both of medium build. One had dark hair and was about 180cm tall, he was wearing a dark t-shirt and dark pants. The other had light hair, about 170-175cm tall, wearing a dark jacket and dark pants or jeans.

It would be nice if I don’t have that dream again.


July 7th, 2006 at 02:18pm

Fish Tale

This week’s Friday Funny comes from Charity in Sydney.

THERE WAS a man who fished every day and always came back with a good catch. Eventually, the game warden decided this guy must be doing something illegal. So the warden put on old clothes and made friends with the man. “I’ve noticed you always catch fish,” the warden said. “Can I go out with you?” The fisherman
shrugged. “Sure,” he replied. “See you here at 5 a.m. tomorrow.”

The next day, they went fishing together. The fisherman steered his boat into a remote part of the lake, then stopped. He opened his tackle box, took out a stick of dynamite, lit the fuse and threw it into the water. After it went off, dozens of stunned fish floated to the surface.

The warden was astounded. “I caught you red-handed,” he said. “I’m the game warden, and you’re under arrest.” The fisherman said nothing. He reached into his tackle box, took out another stick of dynamite, lit the fuse and handed it to the warden. The fisherman then asked him, “You going to talk or fish?”

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2 comments July 7th, 2006 at 10:20am

ACTION Bus Outage Reminder

“Outage”…I must be reading too much at work…anyway a reminder that ACTION bus drivers are holding a stop work meeting today between 10am and 1pm. The meeting is not, as reported on the ACTION website, for “employees to be consulted on the establishment of the Territory and Municipal Services Department”, but instead for drivers, management and associated unions to work out what to do about excessive service and job cuts planned by ACTION management.

You would be well advised to find alternate transport from 9am-2pm as most services will stop operating before the meeting so that drivers can attend the entire meeting, and some services will take longer to resume than others. The meeting is apparently going to be held at the Tuggeranong depot, so services closer to Tuggeranong will resume earlier than services in Gungahlin for example.

I’ll be keeping an ear out for information about the meeting, and will let you know when some news breaks.


July 7th, 2006 at 07:11am

Samuel’s Footy Tips

Time for another weekend of footy tips.

NRL Round 18
Roosters V Sea Eagles
Sharks V Tigers
Bulldogs V Warriors
Dragons V Rabbitohs
Panthers V Raiders
Storm V Broncos
Eels V Knights

AFL Round 14
Dockers V Bombers
Blues V Cats
Hawks V Eagles
Demons V Lions
Power V Tigers
Swans V Crows
Saints V Magpies
Bulldogs V Kangaroos


July 7th, 2006 at 06:04am


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