What I love about being a presenter on 101FM is the instant feedback we have with our loyal listeners via Facebook and on the telephone.
On the odd occasion when I’ve run out of bargain basement prizes for ‘name that tune’ we’ve still had plenty of interaction and listeners will join in just for the fun of it!
I’ve been made to feel very welcome at Logan 101 despite not being a local and, when I suggested that I would try and work on my accent many people contact me to say that they can almost understand what I’m saying so don’t change it.
It’s great to have freedom of choice when it comes to music content and it’s just a great fun place to work.
Obviously I’m “not from round here” and actually moved to Queensland from the UK in June 2014. We have been coming to Australia on holiday for many years and my wife Tracey (The current Mrs Bennett) lived here for a few years before we got together. We have been together since 1997 but only tied the knot in 2011. . . well, there’s no point in rushing these things! We had our wedding ceremony overlooking Miami Beach on the Gold Coast and decided there and then that we wanted to settle here so we worked our way through the system, sold up the UK and the rest, as they say, is history!
There isn’t a day that goes by when we don’t appreciate what a wonderful country we live in.
Although it doesn’t sound like it, I’ve been involved in radio since I was still at school in the days of valve amps, LP records and reel to reel tape! (Kids, ask your parents!)
I’ve been fortunate enough to present daytime, evening and weekend breakfast shows on various stations in the UK, Scandinavia and Europe over the years and radio is still, by far, my favourite pastime.
In ‘real life’ I’m a trained TV News and sports cameraman/interviewer and along with Tracey, run a crisis management media training company called Media Answers Australia. We provide training courses to companies who may be faced with media interest during a major incident and this work has taken us around the world.
The music I really love includes everything from the Beatles to Taylor Swift with a touch of AC/DC and Bon Jovi thrown in for good measure. Having said that, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Barry Manilow and of course Kylie, feature on my ‘type of music’ but anything with a ‘radio’ feel works for me.
We saw Barry Manilow live in Vegas and he was the ultimate showman then more recently, Hugh Jackman at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. He was just a great all round performer so it’s fair to say my musical tastes are very broad. Some of the top 40 chart material makes great radio airplay – people like Rob Thomas, Bruno Mars, Olly Murs, Robbie Williams, Little Mix, Katie Perry etc.
Most radio presenters enjoy playing tracks with a decent intro to talk over but, if I was really pushed into one style of music I’d lean towards rock/pop. . . doesn’t really help does it??
I really enjoy following the rock theme, I have played drums for as many years as I’ve been involved in radio and actually joined a band the week we arrived in Australia. We did everything from traditional Rock ‘n roll, Elvis, The Beatles, Stones, Billy Joel, Dire Straits through to Frank Sinatra and popular covers from the 60s and 70s.