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What a difference a year makes...

Radio presenter Big Al made a welcome return to 96.2 the Revolution on Sunday, more than a year after being fired by boss Steve Penk after a row.

Here Al starts a weekly run of exclusive columns for the Chronicle.


Columnist: Alan Nield

Publication: Oldham Chronicle Date published: 25 January 2013

I wouldn’t say I was religious; more spiritual. I’m a great believer in thoughts becoming things — that you can have, do, or be anything you want in life, if you really want it.

The thing is most people don’t want something enough or they get sidetracked from their goals. Add to that the power of the subconscious mind and if you are not careful... well, let me tell you!

Thirteen months ago my life was in turmoil. I had talked myself into a very dark place and a series of events ensured my life was going to change rapidly.

Over six months I lost the job I never realised I loved so much; had major financial issues, and talked myself into a health scare.

Things spiralled even further: my sleep pattern went up the wall and that started to affect the people I loved the most, family and friends

Something had to change, and quickly I applied to myself all the things I’ve preached to others over the years. I found a new hobby - scuba diving (I’m a bit of an adrenalin junkie anyway!); I was covering shows for various radio stations around the region to keep my hand in, and I left the company I had set up to join another. And finally, I went to see the doctor!

On top of all this I had emailed Penky — Steve Penk — suggesting a catch-up over a coffee. These were all positive things for me — mentally, emotionally and physically, all pushing me in the right direction.

All this culminated in my return to 96.2 The Revolution last Sunday.

I can’t start to explain just how much this meant to me, or the response from listeners!

I’m not one to tell people to wish their life away — but I really can’t wait for 9am next Saturday morning.

What a difference a year makes!

Steve Penk kisses and makes up with Big Al...

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