Hon­our­ing lo­cal ra­dio leg­end

Stu­dio name in tribute to Reg Ker­slake

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Meg Gan­non Meg.Gan­[email protected]­by­her­ald.com.au

THE 4DDD Com­mu­nity Ra­dio sta­tion has re­named one of its stu­dios in hon­our of an iconic Dalby an­nouncer.

The team at 4DDD gath­ered for their Christ­mas break-up party to un­veil the Reg Ker­slake Stu­dio (for­merly Stu­dio A).

Reg Ker­slake was a prom­i­nent fig­ure at Gallery 107 and played an im­por­tant role in start­ing up the sta­tion in Oc­to­ber 1991.

The re­tired an­nouncer was a mem­ber of the Dalby Ama­teur Ra­dio Club that, with the Dalby Ro­tary Club, es­tab­lished Dalby Com­mu­nity Ra­dio 27 years ago. The sta­tion has been run­ning ever since.

Mr Ker­slake was pre­vi­ously a pres­i­dent and man­ager for 4DDD, and was also a pop­u­lar an­nouncer in his time.

The ra­dio per­son­al­ity is re­spon­si­ble for train­ing most of the team who work at the sta­tion now, and at one point was even the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor for the

❝If it wasn’t for Reg, the sta­tion would never be here ...

— James Wag­ner

sta­tion and its shows.

A jack of all trades with a knack for mak­ing peo­ple laugh, he is known for his cheeky per­son­al­ity and out­stand­ing an­nounc­ing skills.

Mr Ker­slake had to re­tire from his du­ties ear­lier this year due to his health.

This did not stop chair­man James Wag­ner from want­ing to re­name the stu­dio in hon­our of the le­gendary an­nouncer.

Mr Wag­ner said Mr Ker­slake was such an im­por­tant fig­ure at the sta­tion that it was an easy de­ci­sion to re­name the stu­dio af­ter him.

“Reg has been a ma­jor in­flu­ence to this ra­dio sta­tion,” Mr Wag­ner said.

“If it wasn’t for Reg, the sta­tion would never be here, I wouldn’t be here and a lot of peo­ple in this com­mu­nity wouldn’t have had the op­por­tu­nity to get on air and to see what it’s like to be in the me­dia.”

Sean Po­cock has been an an­nouncer at the sta­tion since 2010 and Mr Ker­slake helped him get his start in ra­dio.

“He’s awe­some,” Mr Po­cock said.

“It was good to have him be the boss man a few years ago, and it’s so good that this place is still run­ning and has been for 27 years.”

A plaque was un­veiled on Fri­day in front of the Com­mu­nity Ra­dio team as well as Mr Ker­slake and his wife.

Mr Ker­slake summed up the ex­pe­ri­ence with four sim­ple words.

“Well I’ll be bug­gered,” he said.

PHOTO: MEG GAN­NON

ICONIC AN­NOUNCER: For­mer 4DDD pres­i­dent and an­nouncer Reg Ker­slake in the Reg Ker­slake Stu­dio.

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