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14th April 2018 will be in the books as a great day in station history. We were included at the last minute  as guests of “Toast to the Coast” festival at The Marina, Mindarie. We scrambled our best and brightest together and packed the cars for a short trip to Mindarie. Our tech crew are an amazing bunch, they made this happen.

The sun was out, not a cloud in the sky, and a gorgeous 24 degree day was ahead. The Boardwalk was lined with stalls of homemade crafts, Wine, Beers, and Food to delight tongue and nostrils. I personally enjoyed a Craft Brew and Pork Roll from The Indian Ocean Brewing Co. I don’t drink Beer either… so that’s a HUGE compliment.

Bill Crowe and myself started off the show with an hour of banter, interruptions from ladies on Rollerskates (we would find out later that afternoon she was a LOVELY Jazz Vocalist) and discussion about Hops in Beer with the Brewer of the previous mentioned Brewer, were the highlights of the first hour. This was the most fun I’ve had for a long time on a radio show, the scenery was magnificent and Uncle Bill is always good fun for random “bants”.

The next two hours were jam packed with guests with Sue Myc & Stephen Herbert! I took on the Photography duties (gallery below) as of when Sue & Steve were on the mics. We had accordions playing, French Jazz singing and the beautiful Burlesque Dancers, channelling Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.

Along with important community organisations like the Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue crew and LIVE a performance of Sonia Dada’s “You Don’t Treat Me Good No More” from Greg & Georgia, it was the most eclectic, wonderful afternoon of radio we’ve produced in a while. We also developed a small studio audience through most of the afternoon, thanks to those people. We hope enjoyed the show as much as we did putting it together.

Then Robyn McClure-Holmes guided the ship from 3pm to dock with special edition of her Saturday Afternoon, Blues/Roots show from the Boardwalk. Providing the perfect vibes for a warm and sunny afternoon in Mindarie.

We thank “Toast to the Coast” Festival for their inclusion of 89.7FM to thier event. We hope to return next year for more fun. Thanks for having us!

Written by Gavin Crossley (Program Coordinator of 89.7FM)

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