Regular Segments

There are a number of regular segments which chop up the Hour into manageable bits, more suited to the Panellist’s terrifically short attention spans:

At the Trough

At the Trough

What would public relations be without a free feed?
Panellists eat the lunch, listen to the spiel and give you their take.
Find out what they heard over the clatter of the cutlery and what they thought of the grub.

Celebrity Bandwagon

Celebrity Bandwagon

They’re rich, they’re famous, and they make a living by pretending to be some-one else. Naturally then celebrities should influence the way we think. What are they banging on about this week.

Issues of the Week
Issues of the Week

Recent studies BY EXPERTS indicate that 37% of the stories which appeared in the major metropolitan press were the result of public relations activities.
In industry or suburban press, this can rise to more like 70%.
At the Spin, we believe that’s only the TIP OF THE ICEBERG.
Each week the Spin panelists start the show with a look at the issues making news and how that news was made.
Tune in for the regular dissection of the efforts of journalists, flak-catchers and spin doctors.

Blow My horn
Blow My Horn

Ever made a prediction that turned out exactly as you said?
Ever made a prediction that turned out to be complete bollocks?
Then you’ll understand this segment.
It’s a few minutes to look forward, look back, and drop into the mix any of the gossip that’s going around town.
If you’ve got a rumour that needs to see the light of day, then feed it through on The Spin’s email address./p>

Come in Spinner

Come in Spinner

Practice your PR skills. Yes it’s time to slip on the Alice Band, use the rising inflection and maybe win a prize.
Be prepared for the weekly competition where we identify the PR challenge of the week. You might have a chance to:

  • save the Democrats
  • market cigarettes to children in the third world
  • defend executive share bonus schemes

You may think of it as a Hypothetical. Others may see it as billable advice.
If this appeals, have your subscriber number handy and call in during the segment.
The winner will be selected by the Spin panelists according to their judgement and expertise, which means it might as well be at random.
WARNING: The Spin takes no responsibility for the often twisted and perverted ideas put forward by listeners.

The Spin Surgery

The Spin Surgery

Every now and again, when the Spin is full of the milk of human kindness (and I mean very occasionally), listeners with a cause are invited to put up their project for an on-air PR plan.
The surgery, when the team operates to save (or kill) the patient. Send details of the event or cause through to The Spin’s email address; The Spin will then operate on you live to air on Sunday!
The Spin: We cure what ails you.

Bore for Australia

Bore for Australia

Australia produces many champions but there is little doubt we would take gold gold gold if boring social and political commentary was an Olympic event. We hand out the medals…mostly to the Age.

Spin me round (like a record baby)

Spin me round (like a record baby)

We may be a talk show but the Spin team, Boydy excluded, take music seriously. We may even burden you with a CD review from time to time.

For those interested, including APRA and people at RRR who process our poorly filled in APRA logsheets, here are the tunes we played this Sunday:

WOPPA of the Week

WOPPA of the Week

The search for the Worst Overall Preposterous Press Announcement continues.
This segment wraps up the show and is perfect for raising items which have no thematic connection to anything else on the show.
This is where you might hear The Spin highlight a municipal press release destined for the circular file, or perhaps some lonely sub-editors atrocious attempt at a pun.
Or just some really dickhead thing said by a real dickhead.
WOPPAs: If you’ve got a big one, tell us about it at The Spin’s email address.

Take a Dump

Take A Dump

This segment appears irregularly, in response to any noteworthy attempt to bury bad news in amongst another big issue.

  • Toxic waste release wipes out ecosystem? Put that out during Cathy Freeman’s race.
  • Closing a school? Perhaps we announce that on Friday at 4:00pm.
  • Botching up Local Government. Perhaps we announce our plans while everyone’s focussed on the Twin Towers burning to the ground.

You get the idea. Old PR tricks. One of the examples given above comes straight from real life.
Take a Dump: Bury the News where even the Dog won’t find it