Archive for November 21st, 2008

Samuel’s Blog Weekly Poll: Results

It’s probably about time that I close the old poll which has been running since August:

In text messages and instant messaging you use:

Total Votes: 67
Started: August 18, 2008

A new poll will be posted tomorrow morning.

Results of previous polls can be seen at


November 21st, 2008 at 03:00pm

Lurking No More

Glenn Wheeler is now officially out of lurking mode, he is assisting on-air with 2UE’s outside broadcast today.

This is much to my delight, and much to the disgust of a regular commentator on this blog with whom I conversed via telephone this morning.

Welcome back Glenn. I, for one, am very pleased to have you back.


November 21st, 2008 at 01:36pm

Friday Funnies: A Couple Game Show Parodies

If we ever have political correctness invading quiz shows, it could look a bit like this:

And one wonders how much of this sort of banter between game show hosts and difficultly dull contestants ends up on the cutting room floor?

And I should save this one for next week, but seeing as Frank sent it in (even if he does admit to taking it from the first site to rank in Google for “duck jokes”):

A man is driving a pick-up truck down the road with a bunch of ducks standing in the back. A police officer pulls over the driver and informs him that he is speeding and then asks him where he thinks he’s going with all those ducks. The driver says that he just doesn’t know what to do anymore. The officer says, “Look, there’s a zoo not far from there and that’s where you should be taking them. That will take care of your problem.” The man thanks the officer and drives off with his ducks.

The next day the officer again sees the pick-up truck once again speeding down the road. This time, though, all the ducks in the back are standing there with sunglasses. The officer pulls over the driver over and says, “I thought I told you to take them to the zoo!” “I did that,” said the driver, “but now they want to go to the beach!”

If you have a joke or a funny video that you’d like to see here on a Friday, send an email to and it might just appear in the coming weeks.


November 21st, 2008 at 10:21am

The Firstborn Personality

On Sunday night on Open House with Sheridan Voysey, Sheridan interviewed psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman, the author of The Birth Order Book and The Firstborn Advantage and they chatted about a rather interesting trait known as the “firstborn personality” which is generally, but not always, associated with the eldest child in a family. The traits generally include:
Well organised
Highly analytical
List writer
Taking on tasks that “nobody else can do properly”
Not a fan of surprises

The longer the interview went on, the more it sounded like he was deliberately trying to describe me. Of course, it’s not just the eldest child that can have a particular personality trait, other children in the birth order have their own specific personality.

The interview was quite compelling and I’m pleased to say that it has been placed online at The Open House Blogsite. It runs for 25 minutes, and in my opinion is well worth it. You can listen to Kevin Leman talk about first borns on Sheridan Voysey’s Open House program:, click on “Listen Again”, find the downloads for the 16th of November (they’re currently at the top of the list, but they won’t be for long) and follow the prompts.

And if you like what you hear, then you’ll probably enjoy the rest of Sheridan’s Open House show. Sunday nights from 8pm eastern time on 1WAY FM Canberra, FM103.2 Sydney and other stations across the nation.


Samuel is the panel operator for Open House at 1WAY FM. No other agreement exists between Samuel, Open House and/or any other Open House network stations.

November 21st, 2008 at 08:10am

More of 2UE’s Summer Schedule Confirmed

And Glenn Wheeler’s back! He’s been lurking in the shadows at their outside broadcasts lately, and now he’s going back to where it all started for him on UE when he jumped from 2GB, weekend middawns.

As previously reported, Jim Ball is taking all of December and half of January off from New Day Australia. Contrary to previous belief, he won’t be on leave for that entire period, rather he will be filling in for John Stanley on Drive for the first two weeks of December.

The move with Jim is interesting because 2UE’s recent history indicates that Stuart Bocking is the default fill-in for Drive, but considering that Jim has previously filled in on drive over at 2GB and he has had a fairly good effect on the station’s overnight ratings, one does have to wonder if 2UE are testing a few things over summer to see how they work. 2UE’s ratings have been fairly stagnant this year with a slight downward trend, whilst 2GB have have a moderate increase in ratings, and if I have to make a prediction, Stuart Bocking will inherit the morning show either mid next-year, or at the start of 2010.

At this stage there is still no word on who will fill in for Mike and Sandy on Breakfast, although I have to agree with the speculation that it’s a job which should go to George and Paul. There is a part of my head that is screaming “logic dictates that it will be John Stanley and whoever they find hiding in a cupboard again” though.

Weekends are still anyone’s guess, and I’ve got a feeling that Don Burke’s role will be increased, possibly to 6am-midday, with Kearns and Robertson potentially changing to midday-6pm through summer.

That said, it’s all speculation except for that which has been confirmed, and even that is subject to late change. I would hate to be trying to organise summer imaging on a network station though…you’d have to ignore the weekends, unless you really want to plug weekend middawn heavily, because we all know that Harvey Norman place their main bulk of ads between 2am and 4am when they’re likely to wake people with a bloke yelling about vacuum cleaners and plasma televisions.


November 21st, 2008 at 05:04am

Morrison to Nine?

Also from the Media Spy forums comes speculation that 2GB’s Jason Morrison (sorry Jason, is it News Director, Current Affairs Director or Program Director) is under Channel Nine’s poaching microscope.

Morrison’s most recent stint in a television newsroom was at Channel Ten where he was News Director in 2005. Rumour has it that Nine are interested in offering Jason their News Director job.

In my opinion, Jason is under-utilised on-air at 2GB, so I’ll be interested to see what happens with this rumour.


November 21st, 2008 at 04:04am

Capital Radio Webstreams

I considered “A Dream Coming True?” and “About Bloody Time” as titles for this post…in the end I decided against them, but they deserve a run anyway.

Word reaches us from the MediaSpy forums that the Capital Radio Network will have functioning webstreams as of December 21.

The quote from an unknown source claims that this will be for “the whole capital network”, so with any luck that will include Eagle FM Goulburn and Snow FM Jindabyne which I think are good examples of the CHR (Current Hit Radio) format done the way it should be done.

That said, I’d be happy enough with just the Canberra stations as a stream of the Mike Jeffreys Breakfast Show would be very useful for the last few hours of my night shifts…I’d probably be too busy to listen to Welshy live, but I suppose I could timeshift him. A 2CA stream also sounds quite appealing.

And suddenly my fear of having to deal with withdrawal symptoms if I ever leave town is tentatively dissipated.


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