Novice DJ's spreading audio sunshine
THEY might be broadcasting from a tent on a beach in the Whitsundays' Gloucester Passage, but Tony Little and Tully Mars are making quite an impression on air.
Both novice DJ's for the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club's newest addition to its annual Rendezvous - the Coconut Radio - the pair said they were loving their new jobs.
"We're ready to take over the ABC,” Mr Mars joked.
"I'm sure we could get recognition of prior learning for this. Look out Eddie McGuire!”
The Coconut Radio, on 89.5FM and streaming live at mixlr.com/mavric, was born from an idea to provide all day entertainment at the 2016 SICYC Vice Commodore Rendezvous as well as updates for attendees.
"We've had things like lost and found and weather updates,” Mr Little explained, adding, "we had a woman yesterday who lost her husband. We ended up with 150 guys - she had a choice.”
And while the FM channel is only providing line of sight broadcasts across the Gloucester Passage, the live streaming is attracting listeners to the Coconut Radio from far and wide.
"We've been getting song requests from Tasmania, the United States and Scarborough,” Mr Mars said.
"The SICYC has a massive following.
"We're just putting a bit of sand in the speakers and making a little bit of audio sunshine for those who can't make it - and look at the office view.”