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A great conversation with Kali McDermmot about music and more

Posted on | February 17, 2017 | No Comments

I am a very lucky person because not only do I have the opportunity to teach about the theory and practice of media at a university  but I also get to put my lectures to the test as a radio talkshow host on DubaiEye.

Well, this week I had the opportunity to sit down with a truly inspiring 17 year old, Kali McDermmot, to talk about her music and what inspires her.

WOW is all I have to say.

Kali is so grounded as an up and coming musical artist.

Have a listen to the interview with Kali and the rest of my show on up and coming musical talent right here in Dubai.

Click here for the podcast.

Polio gone by 2020, we hope

Posted on | February 11, 2017 | No Comments

Polio, this is something that I have not been thinking about at all but there is good reason to be thinking about it.

The good news is we are very close to being able to say polio is a thing of the past.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Mayer of the World Health Organization for a chat about polio and I was amazed by the progress that has been made.

Who is Chris Mayer?


Chris Maher is a Manager of the World Health Organisation (WHO) polio eradication efforts in the Eastern Mediterranean. Chris has worked in the public health sector for the past three decades and specifically in polio eradication for 21 years. He joined WHO in 1993 working on immunization. He spent the first eight years working in the Western Pacific Region, based in Manila, and his position had him covering over 30 countries. Chris has been involved in polio eradication at every level from organizing local vaccination campaigns, investigating cases of paralysis, through to running the technical elements of the global programme. Since 2000, he has led operations for polio eradication across Asia, Africa and Europe. And Chris is joining us in Studio, welcome to Nightline.

What is also very interesting is the role the UAE is playing in eradicating polio.


The UAE has provided essential support to immunization efforts in Pakistan over the last decade as part of a continuing collaboration with partners of the polio eradication initiative. In 2011, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, announced they were working together to provide life-saving vaccinations to children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. These efforts continue as the UAE has launched a massive campaign in March 2016 to vaccinate 10.6 million children against polio in Pakistan, as part of the Project to Assist Pakistan, UAE PAP.

Listen to the podcast of the conversation.




Think Like Elon

Posted on | February 3, 2017 | No Comments

How do you deal with innovation?

How do you deal with issues?

Does your thought process work or is it a constant dance with failure?

This is an interesting watch.


Inspiration through conversation.

Posted on | February 2, 2017 | No Comments

I had the opportunity to talk to Noush Like Sploosh several weeks back and her words are still echoing in my mind.

I speak to many artists through what I do on DubaiEye and they are all very interesting but Noush had something more going on.

What I came away from our conversation was a new level of inspiration from the ordinary and the common things that are around us that we tend to ignore.

Have a listen to the podcast I am sure you will also be inspired.



Lets start 2017 and stick to stuff

Posted on | January 4, 2017 | No Comments

So, how good are you at actually sticking to what you promise yourself you will do?

And how well do you stick to resolutions?

In all honesty we are all pretty bad at following through with things in our personal lives, look at the gym membership business this time of the year to get some verification of what I am talking about.

And then there is the thinking that health and fitness goals are different and maybe even magical compared to the goals we have in the other 99% of our lives.

The bold truth is that goals are goals are goal.

If you can keep a fitness goal you can keep any goal.

And what is the problem with goals, making meaningful and realizable goals.

So, I sat down with Marcus Smith and we had a chat about fitness goals but also the larger issue of setting and succeeding with your goals.

This may be the most important podcast I share this year and I encourage you to listen with a pencil and paper in hand!

We are getting down to serious business.

Click here for the podcast.

Wouldn’t want to be doing this interview

Posted on | December 23, 2016 | No Comments

I have been really lucky to speak to some great people over the last 10 years on the radio.

This week I happened upon an interview with Jerry Lewis, not mine, and all I could say was I am glad I was not in this situation.

This was clearly a painful interview.

Some great music from a new band Monteath

Posted on | December 23, 2016 | No Comments

The opportunity to sit down with a new band and have a conversation and listen to their music is a very special moment.

Josh Monteath is an artist I have been following for a while he is young and fresh with his music.

What I didn’t know was that going solo and acoustic was a necessity and not a love.

So when the opportunity to form a band, Monteath, Josh jumped at the opportunity.

Here is a conversation with the band and a couple of their songs.

WOW is all I have to say.

A moment to talk to Syria.

Posted on | December 23, 2016 | No Comments


I have been doing a radio program on DubaiEye 103.8FM for the last 10 years.

One of the most rewarding things about hosting a radio show in the Middle East is the opportunity I have to connect with a variety of people who all seem to genuinely care.

With all that is going on in Syria, and a nudge from a listener, we decided to do a show that asked what listeners would say to civilian Syrians if they had an opportunity.

This is the podcast of that show.

This may be the most important show I have done and the last message summed up the hour.

As a Syrian with extended family in Aleppo, i feel the pain of people of Aleppo all the time. My frustration builds up everyday. My helplessness numbs me. I’m sorry. My prayers are with you. I’m sorry for not being able to do anything. I’m sorry.


Vandalye talks the Dubai music they love

Posted on | November 16, 2016 | No Comments


OK there is a lot of music being played on the radio that we all want a break from now and again.

It is refreshing to be able to not only play and talk to a local band but be able to ask them for their pick of favorite tunes from other local bands.

Vandalye is a group of really talented musicians who have a lot to share.

And we have some great music from Vandalye, Saffron Collins, David Beats Goliath and Khalifa.

Click here for the podcast.

Do you have a book in you?

Posted on | November 16, 2016 | No Comments


Do you have the creative energy to write a book?

Have you started to write your story and stopped?

I had the opportunity to speak to Dedra Stevenson about her latest book, it will scare the pants off you, and learn a bit more about creative process.

Inspiring, entertaining and informative is a conversation with Debra.

Click here to listen to the podcast.

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