4RO Rockhampton celebrated its 80th birthday on 2 July. To mark the occasion, the station brought back to Rockhampton all the announcers from the 1970’s for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion on 28 and 29 June. Organised by former 4RO Announcer-Producer-Programme Director Phil Lentz (see photo below), it was the first time in decades that the 70’s announcers and managers had been together in the one studio.
Co-hosted by 70’s Breakfast announcer Cameron Syrett, the 18-hour reunion live broadcast brought back together Brian Nielsen, Roger Gray, Noel Herley, John Henry, Al Kirton, Gary Green, Gary Foale and Paul McKenna. 70’s general managers Ian Renton and Cec Woodland also brought back some memories. Those who couldn’t make the trip joined in by phone, including Adrian Barber, Andy Haskett, Wayne Wilson, Ian “Sandy” Cousins, Bruce Carr, Dave Gosper, John Pemberton, Kev Kallaway, Kevin Roache, Paul Amos, Paul O’Connor, Phil Clay, Richard Monk, Wayne Clouten, Larry Dwyer, and Rob “Robbo” Thomson.
The on air staff joined with others who worked at the station during the 70’s at a function which 4RO put on for the occasion. The station’s clients and staff also joined together to commemorate the station’s 80 years on the air. Listeners complained that they were unable to do any work for the two days of the broadcast because they were glued to their radios. It was a great celebration of the 1970’s music, news, fun, and a huge dose of nostalgia. Thankfully, the fashions of the 1970’s were left where they belong!