To help Cleveland State School celebrate their 150th anniversary, Bay FM was there with it’s outside broadcast van with our own “Jacko” the MC and playing some great music. What a great day!!. Congratulations to Cleveland State School for 150 years of educating generations of Queenslanders
Alan McGirvan has over 40 years experience in the media industry. He is also an award winning broadcaster and industry pioneer.
Alan was the first ever breakfast announcer on revolutionary station 2JJ and spent six years at number one on 4IP. He became Australian Radio Personality of the Year, then became one of Asia Pacific’s most sought after corporate voice talents.
Alan is currently a committee member with Bay FM and now joins the on-air team at Bay FM starting Monday 10th of September at 7pm with a 3 hour show called “Searchlight”.
For the first time on Bay FM, this programme will be a talk back show and Sharyn Doolan and Jeff Truscott will join Alan for the first show to discuss “Teenage Suicide”. Every 2 weeks there will be a different subject to be discussed and examined and Alan will invite listeners to call in.
Bay FM has undertaken an educational campaign for the dugong, using Dug the Dugong as our friend to promote awareness of the dugong, and how we can protect them. Bay Fm has been made honorary ambassodors of the dugong collective.
Many thought the Timor Sea was Australia’s home to the major dugong population. But it wasn’t. It was in fact Moreton Bay. Their numbers here are around 750 and stable.
Dugongs mate for life, and are in fact mammals just like humans. They mainly feed on sea grasses and breast feed their young as we do.
This author witnessed an event in 1977 when filming islanders catching sea turtles in a small boat.
They saw a dugong which was a very fancied meal. It was infact a female. Unbeknown to everyone, she was just floating around, close to her own family. As she was pulled into the small boat, her male and infant surfaced some 300 metres away and started a kind of howling sound. We motored away, leaving the male and infant behind. After we had travelled about a kilometre, everyone looked at the dugong. She appeared to be crying.
The boat turned, and we headed back to where her family has been. Sure enough the two of them were still there, hoping she would be returned. The islanders carefully put her back into the blue waters of the Timor sea and she swam like there was no tomorrow.
As we watched, she joined her family. But they didn’t disappear. Instead they watched as we left, probably hoping we would never return.
And the islanders didn’t. Those particular islanders all swore never to hunt dugong again.
They are a beautiful creature, almost human like, and Moreton Bay is there largest home.
Mirusia and Rusty B in the Bay Fm studios. Mirusia is a local of the Redlands Coast having attended
Ormiston College here. She studied opera at the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia and at the age of 21 was announced as the youngest ever recipient of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. In 2007 she joined the André Rieu orchestra as his star soprano singer.
Today she has her own solo career, selling out concerts world wide, but when not touring, still calls the Redlands her home. The Redlands Sporting Club is once again hosting its annual vocal competition. It’s their 15th year running the competition and have seen some extremely incredible talent come through to compete. Mirusia, who won the event in 2005 will be running a Masterclass and judging some of the heats. You must register for this competition by July the 25th at www.relandssportingclub.com.au