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You've Gotta Start Somewhere


Ugly Phil

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

In this episode, radio legend, Ugly Phil talks about why he decided to leave one of the biggest shows in radio in the early 2000’s, the twelve step process of getting his career back on track and what it’s like to fall from the top.

See below for a full rundown of the episode…

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Show Rundown

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In this episode, radio legend, Ugly Phil talks about…

03:23 … why his isolation as a kid drew him to radio

04:33 … how he annoyed his way into radio

06:22 … the power of self-belied

06:45 … moving for the job and why he’s over it

07:33 … his early days in "radio school"

07:57 … how he got his first real gig

09:34 … why his stubborness has kept him in the business

09:44 … lying on his resume and faking it till you make it

10:16 … why his first shift was a nightmare

11:24 … the power of the narrative you create in your mind

11:55 … his days in regional radio

14:37 … the joy of the mid-dawn shift

15:20 … the halcyon days of radio

16:58 … the importance of adapting to survive

17:53 … the impact of social media on the industry

19:51 … feeling out of control in your career

20:27 … his time on the Hot 30 Countdown

22:22 … why he left one of the biggest shows on radio

23:52 … hosting drive radio for KIIS FM in London

24:18 … his tendency to be a runner

26:36 … the difficulty of constantly being judged

26:57 … what it was like working in London

28:30 … why he thinks it took him over a decade to become a decent broadcaster

29:40 … when his career started to take off

31:45 … why he thinks he was uniquely placed to do this job

32:24 … his lowest moment and realising that the problem was him

33:32 … what happens when you fall from grace

34:24 … the days when no one would return his calls

35:25 … having to apologise to all his mates

36:38 … getting fired

37:00 … the importance of not taking things personally

38:27 … the best and the worst thing about the industry

42:42 … the fear of having nothing to say on-air

The final five…

44:28 … his biggest regret and why he never wants to be broke again

46:54 … his crazy ideas

49:41 … what he’d be doing if he wasn’t in show business

51:19 … why he wants to get into politics

52:08 … his advice for people wanting to get into the business


 

Show Highlights

Listen to highlights of this episode..

 

Additional bits and pieces

This is the road trip Phil took to his first job in South Headland, WA, all the way from Kempsey, NSW when he was 17 years old…

Listen to the first break of Ugly Phil’s final episode of The Hot 30 Countdown in 2001 (prepare for a musical trip down memory lane)…

Ugly Phil flexing his acting muscles on Fat Pizza

 

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