Why Clive Gets Two Assistants Canberra’s New Year Radio Movements


January 10th, 2007 at 01:26am

Regular readers would remember an email I sent to 2UE’s John Kerr about Ishmael, one of 2UE’s regular callers. The email was not in the least bit flattering.

After publishing that email, I copped a bit of flack from some people pretending to be Ishmael, however since then the real Ishmael has contacted me and we have had some discussions. I have come to the conclusion that whilst I disagree with a lot of Ishmael’s opinions, he isn’t the stark raving mad lunatic I portrayed him as, and actually seems like a fairly reasonable individual.

My description of Ishmael as a “serial pest caller” was harsh and unwarranted, especially seeing as there are plenty of callers who actually do fit that category, and it is unfair to compare Ishmael to them when Ishmael actually calls to make a point rather than a nuisance.

I still think the choice of timing of Ishmael’s exchange with John Kerr was poor, but I do now see where he is coming from.

Whilst Ishmael understands that I won’t be taking down any of what I wrote, I would like to publicly apologise to Ishmael for being a bit too harsh in my comments.


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  • 1. Charity  |  January 10th, 2007 at 7:24 am

    Hiya and hug’s.
    I was going to leave my comment on what i think about Ishmael and various comments that i have heard him make over a period of time…but to tell you the truth i am not going to waste my time or my energy or effort on even bothering to….he is not worth it

    huggles and kisses.
    Charity Leanne Kerr.
    Surry Hills.

  • 2. Bearded Clam  |  January 10th, 2007 at 11:34 am

    Dont apologise to that serial pest, Sam. Your original comments were justified. Besides, I enjoy hate-filled-Sam more than reconciliation-Sam!

  • 3. Samuel  |  January 10th, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    I’ve apologised because I believe it is the right thing to do. I think 2UE took notice of Ishmael’s comments about John Kerr, because the program has changed since, and that’s a good thing, not just for Ishmael, but for 2UE, the listeners, the somewhat rowdy people who call at 3am, and for John himself.

    I think the biggest thing that has changed is John is now taking more calls from rowdy people. I can understand why he didn’t want to after 2UE took away his producer, but some of them are quite entertaining, and John can use the dump button if a naughty word slips out.


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