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Team, It's Only Radio! Hardcover – 29 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kenton Publishing (29 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954622391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954622398
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.2 x 54.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While the BBC is fortified by a licence fee commercial radio has had to fight like a tiger just to get its next meal. At this point I would like to introduce you to the biggest tiger in the jungle, John Myers. Reading this book has been a revelation and a joy. You will think I am exaggerating if I say that John Myers is probably the most important figure in British commercial radio since Marconi, but who else comes close? He starts as a DJ in clubs. Then he gets on air, fuelled by sheer desperation, initially presenting a country music show for £25 a time; his hatred of the genre is not diluted when he is hilariously named Country Music Presenter of the Year. Other shows follow, each slot bigger than the last, each new adventure wilder and wackier, a haze of deranged competitions, barking mad callers and crazy promotional stunts. Then, with a head for business, John begins buying radio stations. When I reached the paragraph where John calmly mentions that his combined purchases for the Guardian Media Group totalled a hundred million pounds, I nearly dropped my Kindle in the bath. Certainly, there is sage advice here for any radio person on the mike or on the make. But actually, this is primarily not a book about big business. It is about the intimate pleasure of working on the wireless. It's a love letter to that uncomplicated box by your toaster, an uproarious but also deeply touching account of what I fear may well have been radio's golden age. In broadcasting, precious few can host a show and run the show. The number who become both hugely successful presenters and then make millions as radio entrepreneurs well, even Marconi didn't do that. --Jeremy Vine, Radio 2

From the breakfast studio to the boardroom, John Myers' inside track on the radio industry will have you in fits of laughter. Whether you're in radio or not, you'll be in stitches at the tales of John's shenanigans both on and off the air. His no-nonsense approach to life will also teach you how to be a better boss and inspire you to succeed. Myers is a great storyteller and his tales of three decades in radio will have you gripped. You ll be open-mouthed at some of his revelations. Packed with laugh-out-loud moments, this book is a must-read for anyone in the radio industry. --Stuart Clarkson, Radio Today

Just read an advance copy of Team, It's Only Radio! by John Myers. Full of humour and his huge personality. A great read to be published soon. --Jeremy Vine, Radio2

From the breakfast studio to the boardroom, John Myers' inside track on the radio industry will have you in fits of laughter. Whether you're in radio or not, you'll be in stitches at the tales of John's shenanigans both on and off the air. His no-nonsense approach to life will also teach you how to be a better boss and inspire you to succeed. Myers is a great storyteller and his tales of three decades in radio will have you gripped. You ll be open-mouthed at some of his revelations. Packed with laugh-out-loud moments, this book is a must-read for anyone in the radio industry. --Stuart Clarkson, Radio Today

--Stuart Clarkson, Radio Today

Just read an advance copy of Team, It's Only Radio! by John Myers. Full of humour and his huge personality. A great read to be published soon. --Brian Juliff

About the Author

No one in the UK knows more about radio than John Myers, Affectionately known to friends and colleagues as Team, John has been a DJ, presenter and producer. He has also been a station boss and a director of a plc. He's not only bought the T-shirt, he has worn it out. His autobiography, Team, It's Only Radio! reveals the secrets of the radio stations we know and love. It s an insight into how he hired the best and fired the worst during a thirty-year ride along the radio dial. On air, he was Morgan in the Morning but behind the scenes he was John Myers, media mogul, buying, selling and launching radio stations while competing and taking on his biggest rivals with a range of crazy stunts and inventive deals. A former local TV star, he was a popular presenter at Border TV. But his autobiography deals mainly with the drama of launching Red Rose Gold, CFM, Century Radio, Real Radio, Smooth Radio and Rock Radio. He also managed more than two dozen radio stations across Scotland, England and Wales. He was voted the best radio boss in Britain and was called in by both the Government and the BBC to advise on what he calls 'the magic of radio'. Acclaimed former Editor of the Guardian, Peter Preston, says 'Myers is one of Britain's shrewdest broadcasting brains'. John's credits are long, his awards impressive and his knowledge of the medium unsurpassed. Today he is Chairman of the Sony Radio Academy Awards and Chair of the Arqiva Radio Awards. He is also owner of Myers Media mysersmedia.co.uk, Chairman of Radio Tyneside and Visiting Professor at both the University of Cumbria and Sunderland University. Myers is special advisor to the largest English language radio service in Spain and consultant to a number of radio networks worldwide.


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