That phrase, “… by the way” features large in the background of my life.

In the vernacular of Glasgow and around the west of Scotland, where I spent my youth, it has particular significance …by the way.

It obeys the usual syntax: to introduce a new topic, to provide extra information, as qualification and  for emphasis.

Especially in Glasgow the emphatic, “…by the way” is often used like punctuation, an expressed full stop. Sometimes with the perception of a rigid index finger jabbing in the space below your clavicle.

Why podcast?

I suppose we’re stuck with the Apple derived name, “podcast”. I still prefer to think of radio stories on the Internet. Although it’s still an essential skill for some of what I do I became disillusioned with pure voiceover. Meeting people and talking with them is much more rewarding than being alone with a mic in a dimly lit, padded room. I also relish the sound design and audio production that complement radio stories.


I’m not a journalist although, I admire their process. Radio, for me, is about the people; meeting them and hearing what they say, listening acutely and learning their truth. I’ve done live, as-live and recorded radio broadcasts with other people learning the value of research and confirmation. Oral stories are personal and intimate, they are the oldest form of storytelling. They’re always subjective because of the immediate choice of words, the tone of voice, the inflection and the emotion. That’s why By The Way is an anthology of true stories, conversations and unsolicited opinion.

The sea, friends and whisky.

I’ve had a varied career. I’ve accumulated a bit of knowledge and a few skills. I’m an occasional pedant who loves the smell of the sea, cooking for friends and a glass of malt in front of the fire of a nippy evening. There’s not much I like better than a good conversation and some people will tell you I like the sound of my own voice; but that’s not quite the same thing.

I’ll express grievance and delight in my stories and I’ll use my index finger when it’s necessary …by the way.