I am an avid listener to talkSPORT radio, initially tuning in to the Alan Brazil Show at 6am, it’s a show I find both interesting and amusing.
The Jon Gaunt Show follows Mr Brazil at 10am and in all truth I rarely bother changing channels, hence I end up listening to Jon Gaunt.
I find Jon Gaunt to be an extremely self opinionated, arrogant, rude and at times a very bullying and abusive presenter. He poses a subject, offers listeners his views and then invites comment. That’s fine if the listener phones in and is permitted to air his view. The problem is, Mr Gaunt rarely if ever allows an opposing view to be aired without constantly butting in, talking over the caller or terminating the call (Mr Gaunt controls the switches!).
Jon Gaunt openly advises listeners as to his brilliance as a radio presenter, of his desire to be included on the panel of any political debate TV show, of his three Sony Awards (which date back a few years and I imagine he keeps glass side of the net curtains in his front room). He throws out hints about freebies, believes he should always by upgraded on flights, and is proud to be invited into the directors box at Coventry City FC (which probably means watching the match whilst standing on a soapbox next to the Chairman). Mr Gaunt believes himself to be the ‘Master of Talk Radio’. He also has a rather nauseating habit of stating to anyone who criticises his on-air ill mannered attitude “When I need advice on radio presenting from you I’ll…..”.
In my opinion, Brian Hayes radio show on LBC was far far better. Mr Hayes would pose the subject, invite comment from listeners, argue against their comment, then when the opposite comment was made he would change track and argue that too. The important thing was, Mr Hayes granted listeners time to air their comments without butting in or cutting them off, which is an art Jon Gaunt could learn from and adopt – but of course he won’t as he believes he doesn’t need advice on broadcasting from anyone!