Haters Gonna Hate

Yesterday’s announcement has led to me receiving some lovely comments, messages, voicemails and emails. I was genuinely humbled. Over 40 people took the time to praise the work I’ve done.

One person felt otherwise.


So I decided to show off what this person thought of me. If he’s going to tweet it in public I’ll use it. It has his name on it, a picture and his twitter username. If he deletes his tweet, tough luck. I’m not deleting this.

He was the only person who’s publicly had a go. So as a result here are some opinions from people who saw this.

  • You know what Oscar Wilde said…  ‘The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about.’
  • Jeeeez Kev your so famous u even have haters. Lolz.
  • LOL!!!
  • Sad man haha
  • Omg ya like some sort of wrestling heel but in radio
  • What a dick.
  • There is more to life… Sad sad man
  • I know a few things about people who reckon they can run a radio station better than those that actually do – and their unique skill set is precisely why they aren’t in the radio business at all, let alone running said station.
  • What a pathetic twat.
  • What a helmet.
  • Who that fucking plep?
  • I don’t know Wilson personally tho in my circles he is referred to as Dick.
  • What a nob head.
  • Nob

I think they said it all.

I’m leaving radio.

I’ve decided to leave radio. For now. I’ll never say forever because it was too much fun, and I will do it again.

I started out nearly 13 years ago when I went to the shop to get some milk, boring I know. But I remember it because it was like a life changing moment, they say. I saw a poster promoting a community project which was going to set up a local community radio station. Anyone could be a part of it. Seemed too good to be true. It wasn’t. I’ve still got tapes from a very young me trying to be a big radio presenter. I sounded terrible. I met some great people at that project, friends I’ve got for life.

Fast forward a few years and I took part in a group of community radio stations. It was fun, and sad when you had to turn off at the end of 28 days.

In 2006 I joined the board of CBIT, we were applying for a full time radio station licence. Everyone had their dreams, how it should go, how it should sound. We were successful and in June 2007 the 50th community radio station in the country started – NE1fm 102.5. Advice: The worst part about it was everyone had great ideas, and that created conflict. Find compromise. Get rid of people who cannot compromise. A famous exclamation I once heard was “I cannot be seen to be part of a project which does not use my software!”

NE1fm plays on the NE1. The postcode of Newcastle, and the fact anyone can take part. Some think it meant North East 1. It was a clever name. We set up before NE1 Ltd. Those people in blue coats in town. People thought they were our street teams. And I think they borrowed our “NE1 for.” advertising stuff.

In 2008 I became Chairman of the Board of CBIT. And until midnight June 8th 2013 that has been my role. It’s been hard, fun, challenging, rewarding and smashing. I didn’t think in 1999 I’d ever get to do what I’ve done.

Some achievements (some of these individual, some achieved as part of a group) include.

  • I’ve broadcast from Exhibition Park in a mammoth launch weekend.
  • I’ve broadcast from Tesco North Shields’ carpark when my Astra broke down.
  • I’ve broadcast from a caravan.
  • I’ve presented Kev & Nixxi for 198 shows!
  • I’ve broadcast from Blackpool
  • I’ve worked through the night fixing stuff when no-one else has been around.
  • I’ve trained a blind person to help them broadcast independently.
  • I’ve broken the rules.
  • I’ve ploughed hundreds of pounds of my own money into the project over the years in little things that add up.
  • I’ve seen ghosts in our studios!
  • I’ve chosen the project over family when I shouldn’t have.
  • I’ve had the same pair of DT100 headphones throughout those 13 years.
  • I’ve breathed in far too much crap building studios in dusty cellars.
  • I’ve stood up against people who think they could bully others.
  • I’ve broadcast from home. Always cool.
  • I’ve been firm but fair when dealing with problems. Always.
  • I’ve never judged anyone. Because I was judged.
  • I’ve remained loyal and trustworthy.
  • I’ve gained the respect of hundreds of people.

The above are what people who work in a team running community projects do. They are unsung heros. And they should be praised. They do everything others don’t want to. They put stuff first when they shouldn’t.

And I’ve worked with some great people. Hev Johnson, Elaine Parker, Dave Tansley, Rob Pears, Dave Hedley, Kyle Scott, Rob Davies. All hard working people.

I’m proud to have been able to bring Tony Horne and the Three Legends to NE1fm too!

My replacement has a tough job. The current financial state of the country is depressing. The Big Society was the flagship policy idea of the 2010 UK Conservative Party general election manifesto, they wanted to see many many more people volunteering. Their stated aim was to create a climate that empowered local people and communities. Instead from my perspective they ruined most projects by cutting the funding lifelines they relied upon entirely. And imposing draconian rules on others like community radio stations who often struggle.

What will I do in my spare time now? I’ve recently dug out my old Lego…

Golf MK5 Turbo Problems

I thought I’d write something for the internet to find relating to a problem I had recently with my VW Golf MK 5.

It started 6-8 weeks ago with a heavy oil leak. It started as a drip under the centre of the car engine and quickly developed into loosing a litre every 300 miles. I got it in to a garage who diagnosed the actual turbo oil seals had gone so set about sorting that myself where I could.

It was new turbo time.

OEM costing £900+ I opted for a re-manufactured turbo. I did lots, and lots of internet research and ultimately found 95% of people were happy with a re-man and had no problems. So £300 lighter and I had a re-manufactured turbo.

It also cost £8 for the gasket set and a further £28 for the turbo oil feed pipe. Not happy with costing me enough, I then preventativey forked out £10 for an oil filter, and £28 for 5L of oil.

Already skint I then paid £150 to get it fitted. A new exhaust clamp was needed at the time (whilst the guy was working on the car) so there went another £10.

So that done the new turbo worked fine for 2 days. And then it ‘stopped’ working, and by that I mean there was no boost. Cars often go into ‘limp home’ mode which means you lose all boost and the car runs in a basic configuration to ‘get you home’. After checking all of the boost hoses and vacuum hoses I decided it must be either a MAP or MAF related problem. I highly doubted a new re-man turbo would fail after 30 miles.

After getting the car checked on VCDS it threw up the following errors;

  • 16622 – Manifold Pressure / Boost Sensor (G31) P0238 – 000 – Signal too High
  • 18000 – Altitude Sensor / Boost Pressure Sensor – P1592 – 000 – Implausible Correlation

It threw those errors despite having a known working MAP sensor, a new MAP sensor and my old MAP sensor. The MAP sensor (manifold absolute pressure sensor) measures pressure in the manifold and reports this to the ECU.

I then measured the output of the MAP sensor in VCDS and found it was reporting all sorts of boost even without the engine running. A multimeter confirmed there was a wiring fault somewhere. Below is the video of the boost pressure being measured in VCDS.

It turns out there is a VW Technical Bulletin about this which recommends the wire terminals are changed for gold plated ones. A quicker fix is to get a new MAP sensor wiring loom (around £21+VAT). A VW specialist can fit this for 2 hours labour +VAT. All in you’re looking at £145 to get it fixed. A new loom has to be hard-wired into the ECU which requires specialist tools, so needs a VW specialist to do it.

An expensive episode. £679 lighter.