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On air… penultimate day on the road

February 15th, 2012

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Courtesy of friends at his local community radio station in Somerset, England – www.10radio.org – you can catch up with Ken’s live chat with presenter Anton on the penultimate day on the road. Click on the link below to download the interview.

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On air… along the Pacific coast

December 23rd, 2011

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Courtesy of friends at my local community radio station in Somerset, England – www.10radio.org– you can catch up with my regular monthly on-air chats with friend and neighbour Jon.

In this latest episode Ken talks about his travels down the west coast of the US. Contains explicit references to serious literature. Click on the link below to download the interview.

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Mum’s the (final) word

November 1st, 2011

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Courtesy of friends at my local community radio station in Somerset, England – www.10radio.org – you can catch up with my regular monthly on-air chats with good friend and neighbour Jon.

In this latest episode Ken talks about his travels through Canada’s British Columbia Province, dental dramas and a chance to ride with an old school friend. But the final word goes to his Mum…. Click on the link below to download the interview.

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On air in Canada

October 3rd, 2011

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Courtesy of friends at my local community radio station in Somerset, England – www.10radio.orgyou can catch up with my regular monthly on-air chats with good friend and neighbour Jon.

In the latest episode Ken talks about his arrival into North America, the search for wild bears and plans for the road ahead. Click on the link below to download the interview.

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On air in Australia

May 26th, 2011

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Courtesy of friends at my local community radio station in Somerset, England – www.10radio.org– you can catch up with my regular monthly on-air chats with good friend and neighbour Jon.

In these latest episodes Ken talks about his time in Australia. Just click on the links below to hear the various instalments.

February 2011

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May 2011

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July 2011


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Bit of a washout

January 22nd, 2011

Tropical downpour. Intense. But warm. And very humid. Cairns. Northern Queensland. Stood in the middle of a car park. Sheltering beneath a large umbrella. Feeling frustrated. Desperately trying to get a signal on my satellite phone so my local radio station could call me. With little success. Too many buildings around perhaps.

Back in the first world. Should have been straightforward enough. But, alas, pay phones don’t accept incoming calls. And the land line number I’d eventually found hadn’t worked. New Years Day so the internet cafes in town had closed early. And I’d not got WiFi access where I was staying. So, no Skype. Out of options. Tonight at least.

In truth, Anton and Jon at the radio station had spoken to me a little earlier. Reasonably clear line, bit of a time delay but workable. But, as soon as the live interview started, the signal began to fade. I’d tried to ad-lib, second guess things. And then the connection was lost. I didn’t want to even begin to imagine what was happening back in the studio in Somerset. Some frantic filling in.

I’d felt particularly bad about it because, in a way, it was may fault. We’d a well-proven method for pre-recorded interviews, unaffected by the now significant time difference. But I’d run out of time for that in Hong Kong, suggesting instead we did it live. After all, how difficult could it be to find a landline they could call me on? Now you know.

[The author is particularly indebted to presenter Anton and interviewer Jon at 10 Radio for their patience and understanding. Much more appreciative of why radio stations try and avoid live interviews…]

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On air… heading south to Hong Kong

December 18th, 2010

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Courtesy of friends at my local community radio station in Somerset, England – www.10radio.org– you can catch up with my regular monthly on air chats with the Saturday Morning WakeUp team.

In this latest episode Ken talks to his good friend and neighbour, Jon, about the Terracotta Warriors, Chinese bureaucracy, and the fun of getting in, and out of, big cities. Just click on the link below to hear the latest instalment. Also includes a mystery guest – who seems to be a bit of a natural on the airwaves! And especial thanks to Anton for his noctural editing.

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On air… towards Hong Kong

November 21st, 2010

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Courtesy of friends at my local community radio station in Somerset, England – www.10radio.org– you can catch up with my regular monthly on air chats with the Saturday Morning WakeUp team.

In this latest episode Ken talks to his good friend and neighbour, Jon, about some of the challenges of crossing China, and looks ahead to Hong Kong and beyond. Just click on the link below to hear the latest instalment.

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Catching up with the Community Show

November 14th, 2010

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Courtesy of friends at my local radio station in Somerset, England – www.10radio.org– a chance to listen to a great piece from their Community Show. Features extracts from a few blog posts and earlier broadcasts. As well as a trade secret or two behind the regular monthly on air chats with the Saturday Morning WakeUp team. Just click on the link below to tune in.

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A year on… air

October 5th, 2010

Courtesy of friends at my local community radio station in Somerset, England – www.10radio.org – you can catch up with my regular monthly on air chats with the Saturday Morning WakeUp team.

In this latest episode Ken talks to his good friend and neighbour, Jon, about his first year on the road, and the challenges of China’s Gobi desert. Just click on the link below to hear the latest instalment.

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