On 18th May, 1992 Laurel Edwards joined Classic Hits 4KQ as a Breakfast Announcer and 20 years on, she holds the record for the longest serving female announcer in the same shift on the one commercial radio station.
Having grown up in Brisbane and schooled in Bulimba, Laurel knows all there is to know about her town. One of her big thrills was to see her favourite band Sherbet live at Festival Hall in 1977.
Originally commencing work at Pink Printery and then Brash’s Record Shop, she also worked four nights a week singing in various bands.
In 1987 Laurel scored a position for two years as the host of the OK for Kids television show on Channel 9. Laurel also worked as a roving reporter at Channel 9’s Footy Show, interviewing such greats as Mal Meninga, Wally Lewis and Alfie Langer.
Laurel recalls how she was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to commence her career in radio. “I was walking down the street in Stones Corner and I met a friend who was working in the sales department here at 4KQ. He said they were looking for a breakfast announcer so I called up and they said they’d filled the position, but I left my number anyway. They called back the next day and said they’d decided to put me in the mix and that I could come in and audition, I got the job”, Laurel said.
One of Laurel’s very first memories in her new radio job was that after only three weeks she broadcast live from London for the 25th Anniversary of the Beatles Sergeant Peppers Album, visiting London’s Abbey Road and Strawberry Fields in Liverpool.
Among her many highlights she includes the Living in the 70’s Live Concerts at Southbank’s Suncorp Piazza featuring acts such as Ted Mulry Gang, Railroad Gin, John Paul Young and many others, and personally picking up Bay City Rollers Les McKeown at a Motel in Chermside for a radio interview at Classic Hits 4KQ in 2004, simply because he didn’t have the cab fare!
Prior to the demolition of Festival Hall, Laurel was allowed to check out every nook and cranny of the iconic rock music venue.
One of Laurel's most forgettable moments on air was when she announced that The Pope had died, when in fact he had only received the last rights and in fairness he died 20 minutes later!
In her time at 4KQ Laurel has met and married the love of her life, Singer Songwriter Troy Cassar- Daley and they have since added two lovely children to their family, Clay and Jem.
In 2010 Laurel Broadcast live for 3 months each weekday into the Classic Hits 4KQ Breakfast Show from Nashville, Tennessee whilst Troy pursued his career. This gave Laurel respite from the 4am alarm clock and she was able to entertain listeners with stories from the other side of the world.
Laurel also holds the baton of being the only original member of Channel 7’s Great South East show which screens on Sundays at 5.30, having commenced there 14 years ago.