Phil Dobbie (who has a penchant for referring to himself in the third person on websites) has a wealth of radio experience. He started his career at Radio Tees in the eighties, did some overnight shifts on the Australian youth networkJJJ, before settling into a regular weekly show for more than a decade on Sydney's FM99.3. During that time he also spent some time variously co-presenting breakfast and mid-mornings, as well as voice-tracking numerous other shifts. More recently he was a co-presenter of 2UE's Lunchtime Lowdown, providing the counter argument to sparring partner, Rowan Dean, editor of the Australian edition of The Spectator.
On top of his radio work, checkout Phil's numerous podcasts, which demonstrate his flair for current affairs commentary, business reporting and incisive interviews. He is flexible enough to offer opinionated discussion that will get the phones ringing, or be the devil's advocate for more balanced discussions.
Phil is familiar with Radioman and other radio automation systems, and recently underwent BBC health and safety training - so he knows how to arrange a filmshoot in a muddy farmyard (not sure how that helps in a radio studio).
Phil's golden rules for great radio:
1. Don't be predictable; try and create links that leave the listener wondering where you are going, so they listen harder.
2. Try and break news and make news; don't go into interviews expecting to just cover the same ground everyone else has covered. Lead an interview subject in to a discussion and gradually push harder for answers, with one or two surprises up your sleeve.
3. Know when to get out; if it's an interview wait for the most clear and profound answer and use that as your get-out clause. If it's a talk piece have a clear idea of your last point and punctuate it with something solid - a sting, ad break or music with a string start. The sound of radio shouldn't just wash through, it should be seen as a series of moments.
4. Don't be repetitive; station branding is important, but you don't need to come out of a station ident and repeat the station name. Similarly, it's important to highlight what's coming up, but not every 5 minutes.
5. Never sit on the fence; on any subject. Even when you are duty bound to ensure true balance, always go hard on an opinion before explaining how others might see it differently.
6. Be true to yourself; don't sell out to popular opinion. If your audience is against you, stand your ground if it;s what you truly believe.
7. Try and make people laugh; even heavy topics can have their reach broadened if you present with charisma and humour.
8. Be smart; audiences aren't as stupid as the Tabloids would have you believe, even if they did vote for Brexit.
Here are more than enough examples of Phil's radio work. He's available for freelance fill-in shifts, regular slots or breakfast!
In 2015-16 I was part of the team presenting The Lunchtime Lowdown, a weekly political forum in which my leftish ideas challenged the entrenched right attitude of The Spectator's Aussie editor Rowan Dean. Whilst we disagreed on practically everything our sense of humour was surprisingly similiar, making for entertaining radio.
A Bit of the Other was a weekly music and talk show that ran on Sydney's 2NSB (FM99.3) for more than ten years. It featured music, competitions, satire and commentary, with regular features on websites, advertising and personal advice. It was one of the most popular programmes on the station
Phil Dobbie (that's me) presented thousands of shows on Sydney's 2NSB (FM99.3) over a decade or so, including a stint presenting breakfast with ad-man Bruce Potter. The show mixed music with humour (sometimes), lots of competitions and topical content.