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Good read, but don't expect any dirt to be dished...
on 18 February 2013
"Team It's Only Radio" is an easy, entertaining read, but if you're expecting a no-holds-barred expose of the secrets of commercial radio, you'll be disappointed. John Myers, who has had a very succesful career in radio, both as a presenter and an executive (often at the same time) gives us his life story so far, and if you're interested in the workings of the industry it's a good read. What lets it down slightly is Myers' apparent reluctance to upset anyone whose path he has crossed.
There are anecdotes aplenty but, whatever mischief is related, every story seems to conclude "...and to this day (insert name here) remains one of the best Presenters / Executives / Receptionists / Clients I have ever worked with". This reader soon got the feeling that the best stories weren't being told, or names named. For instance, even though the incident was widely reported in the press, and the perpetrator publicly identified, in the book Myers declines to name the local radio presenter caught on CCTV nicking crisps from the station vending machine. There is a terrific book to be written about some of the characters from the golden age of commercial radio, but sadly this isn't it.