#YGSS | Ep 3 | Sam Mac




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You've Gotta Start SomewhereSam Mac

Welcome to episode three of You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere (#YGSS).

This week I chat with Sunrise weather presenter, prolific creator of content and lover of cats, Sam Mac about how a bunch of middle-aged women got him his first gig in radio, why people are always asking him for relationship advice and what it’s like being a “global phenomenon” (his words).

See below for a full rundown of the episode…

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Show Rundown

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In this episode, Sam Mac talks about...

01:16 … why he forgets he's a weather man

02:09 … what he wanted to be when he grew up

02:52 … what he was like as a kid

03:49 … why he’s a vain piece of work and the lengths he went to, to get on TV

05:25 … how he knew university wasn't for him

06:29 … how he got into radio

10:14 … how he weaselled his way into the Wil and Lehmo show

13:13 … the worst idea he’s ever had

15:54 … his scattergun approach to comedy

17:50 … how he deals with negative feedback

22:42 … what it's really like to do The Project Whip Around

26:21 … the ‘PR unicorn’

27:21 … the ideas he can’t believe he got away with

27:54 … pushing a kid off a hover board

29:36 … the bad gigs he’s done over the years

31:13 … the glaring omission from his Wikipedia page

33:51 … the perils of being the voice over guy for First Dates

37:36 … the difficulties of moving for the job

40:33 … how to get control over your own career

43:41 … the best and the worst thing about the industry

Final Five

45:28 … his biggest regret

47:30 … his dream gig

49:20 … the big idea he hasn't crossed off the to-do list yet

50:56 … his favourite Spice Girl (we got a little distracted)

51:46 … what he’d be doing if he wasn’t in show business

52:40 …advice to people wanting to get into the business

My Hard Hitting Question 

If I've got a burning (and often random) question I want to ask my guest that doesn't technically fit with the theme of the show, I'll throw it in at the end.  This week I had to ask Sam Mac about...

53:44 … the weather

54:28 … his obsession with cats

Sam's musical outro

57:35 …he plays us out with a rendition of 'Sweat (A La La Long)' by Inner Circle


Show Highlights

Listen to highlights of this episode…


Additional bits and pieces

This is the section where I shove a bunch of things we spoke about in the episode to make sure you’re fully up to speed…

Click here to see Sam push a kid off a hoverboard

Below is a short montage of Sam Mac on The Project Metro Whip Around.  If you’ve listened to the episode you’ll know what you’re witnessing in this video is three minutes and 41 seconds of a man on the verge of an anxiety attack…

Here’s the original of the ditty Sam played at the end of the show in case you thought he was a creep who writes songs about sexual assault in his spare time…

And here’s something for the ladies

You've Gotta Start Somewhere


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On the next episode, I chat to radio and television presenter, Paul Murray about why he was drawn to talkback radio as a kid, how he ended up co-hosting a national show on Triple J at the ripe old age of 14 and why failing your HSC isn’t the end of the world.

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