SIGN­ING OFF, AF­TER A MIL­LION WORDS, A MIL­LION TUNES

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

At 1pm on June 23, Ra­dio Port Dou­glas stopped broad­cast­ing and the sound­track to the best 15 years of my life came to an end. I know some of you feel the same way.

It was one of the hard­est de­ci­sions I have ever made but it was time for He­len and I to re­tire and, af­ter four years search­ing un­suc­cess­fully for new own­ers, we de­cided to close the sta­tion rather than take on the obli­ga­tions of an­other fis­cal year.

I want to thank all of you who en­joyed and par­tic­i­pated in this con­spir­acy of good taste, in­tegrity, great mu­sic, and in­ter­est­ing ban­ter. Thank you for your sup­port.

Spe­cial thanks to Dale Priem for keep­ing Hal alive and filled with the best mu­sic and for keep­ing us on the air and to Nick Swain­son for his loy­alty, ded­i­ca­tion and in­cred­i­ble pro­fes­sion­al­ism. I don’t think there is a bet­ter DJ on the planet.

And thank you to all our spe­cial hosts who con­tributed to the quirky na­ture of Ra­dio Port Dou­glas, es­pe­cially Dr Doug Free­man and Seth & the Reg­gae boys on Fri­day night, Rus­sel Hore and Dougie Baird for the Q/S Reef Brief, Don and Lana, Bil­lie and Rain­beaux, Rab­bit and Smooze, Bobby Maguire, the amaz­ing Michael “the Wolf­man” Volkov and Micka & the Gus­man. Post­hu­mous thanks to Par­rot­head Bob, the Rev and Tam­sin.

Thank you to my spe­cial guests: the mayor of the DS, Ju­lia Leu, An­dre Leu the Prez of IFOAM, Tara Ben­nett and the elu­sive Sn­rSgt Damian Mead­ows, our rov­ing (not to say “rav­ing”) for­eign correspondent, Rod Davis, Emma Co­hen, Peter Livesey, Kym Row­ley, Crispin Hull, the amaz­ing Shane Ni­chols, the Great Weather Kahuna, Don Mur­day and our very own sports guru, Dave Dou­ble O, Evans.

And a big thank you to all the great lo­cal busi­nesses who kept us on the air for the past 15 years. I’m not go­ing to at­tempt to thank all of you in­di­vid­u­ally but there are some that de­serve spe­cial men­tion.start­ing with Rhys Baw­den and Bill Con­way at Salsa, Peter and Bev Martin from Lotsa Print­ing, Tracey and Wicked Wil­lie and Stephen Lit­tle from Hello World, all of whom sup­ported us from the start.

Big thank you also to Quick­sil­ver, Sher­a­ton, QT, Sail­away and LJ Hooker… to Betty Hin­ton at Flo­rav­illa Ice Cream, Andrew at on the Spot Signs, to Marco at

Zinc, Michael at Cen­tral Tyre, Bren­dan and Ann from PD Au­to­mo­tive, Chris and Rob from the Pool Shop, Rick from Water­gate, the whole team at OTI, Tim from the Courty and the Cen­tral, the amaz­ing Danny and Laura Gray from Rat­tle and Paddy’s (Liam, too). Spe­cial thanks to Mar­ian McLeod, who helped me se­cure the Sher­a­ton and the Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre ac­counts and who never let one of my many faux pas go un­men­tioned.

And, a big thank you to my to three fa­vorite restau­rant man­agers: Renae at Salsa, Henry at his own Se­abean and the in­cred­i­ble Michaela New­ton at OTI.

Oh, and thanks to Lau­rie from Santiego. Keep bring­ing in the prawns,

bro; this is, af­ter all, a work­ing port.

Thank you all for the best 15 years of lo­cal ra­dio any­where on the Planet.

Hasta la prox­ima.

Michael Gabour, Port Dou­glas

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