Paul Jackson’s Secret Passion

Paul Jackson normally calls into radioinfo on survey days to tell us how well the smooth and Nova networks fared.

Survey 5, the other week, was no exception.

Although time is usually tight for these ritual catch-ups, there was enough to tell me that he was feeling great, if a little a jet-lagged, having just returned from a holiday in his native UK. 

Anyone who’s spent five minutes with Jackson when he wasn’t talking radio, would know that he’s a keen sports fan. So, it was no surprise he’d been to the cricket to watch a day or two of the Ashes.

“I was at Lord’s but I wasn’t at Headingley, which was amazing. One day was rained off, so, I saw just one day – which was the day Steve Smith got hit,” says Jackson. 

At that stage the test series was still in the balance with one win each.

“Yes, it’s super exciting!” he exclaims.

With an eye on the timer, I try to steer him back to the purpose of our chat – the radio ratings – saying, “We’re not cricket commentators, are we…”

“Well, I wish I was,” he replies. “I’d love to be a sports commentator. That’d be the life!”

“Your secret passion?” I ask. 

“Yes, exactly. That’s what I’d be doing if I had real job,” says Jackson.

Are you reading this Hugh Marks? Perhaps Paul Jackson could do for Macquarie Sports Radio what he did for Vega by changing it to smoothfm. If so, he could commentate on any sport he wanted to. 

I hear he’s planning a trip to Japan for about this time next year – and it’s not for the cherry blossoms.

Peter Saxon