Fred MacAulay reflects on 13 years at BBC Radio Scotland
I'm often asked... "How has the show changed over the years, Fred?" Well, apart from various name changes for the show, presentation styles (with/without co-hosts), production staff leaving, new production staff arriving, several BBC reviews of staffing numbers, a number of changes of office location at Queen Margaret Drive and at Pacific Quay, three different Heads of Radio Scotland, two different Controllers of BBC Scotland, numerous starting time changes and an equal number of changes to show durations... really, nothing much has changed. I still consider myself to have the best job on radio.
One fairly substantial change happened a few years ago when it was decided that I didn't have to do a topical opening. I used to come in to the office early, read the papers for an hour or so and then knock out a topical opening. I have every one of them on file and randomly have selected this one from September 2nd 2005. It was the blog of its day, I suppose. (It's attached below). It was interesting to remember what was in the news at the time... I guess Mike (Lord) Watson was in court for his arson-about at Prestonfield Hotel... and Makosi was on Big Brother back in the days when I used to watch it. I'll maybe go back a few years another time and pull something out and see what I made of the news that day. We used to refer to it as the Freddietorial... which of course was certainly not nicked from one of my predecessors, Eddie Mair's "Eddietorials"
These were never gags that I could use as stand-up, but a nice way to start the shows, with a gentle poke at the news... what would I have done this morning? Probably an eight minute rant about how St Johnstone should be given the Premier League title since we hammered the (as yet not, but likely to be soon) 2010 Champions, Rangers 4-1 last night.
4 goals past an Old Firm team... Smith will be gone by Friday!
Hope you all enjoy the show... and continue to do so for another thirteen years....Here's the Freddietorial:
Freddietorial: Friday 2 Sep 2005
Anagram of Mike Watson... To draw nil smoke!
Beyonce Knowles....she stole the show at the MTV awards and her image is everywhere even in The Times as well as in the broadsheet Herald. Albeit their photo is pretty tame compared to the tabloids who have a shot of her.....and it's all thighs! There's no getting away from it...it's all thighs! I'm surprised they haven't done it over a two page spread.
The police are getting tough on the looters in New Orleans. It takes a special kind of mind to think...."NOW's the time to get myself a waterlogged laptop!"
Couple of pages devoted to hyping up Celebrity Shark Bait....presumably Ruby Wax has convinced herself that getting the great whites to slam into a cage is good for the endangered species. If this series works, look forward to next spring's Celebrity Poking Wasp Nests. Starring Abi Titmuss. She'll poke anything.
Fred MacAulay is the presenter of BBC Radio Scotland's weekly morning show MacAulay and Co.