I remember the days when Cairns had one commercial radio station - 4CA - and that was it. To say 4CA was a huge influence on everyone in the region was an understatement. It was the place you heard the latest hits, the place to win tickets to concerts, and the place to hear about the big community events.
I worked at 4CA for three years from 1997-1999 as a copywriter, my first real paid full-time job after finishing uni. By that time, a younger FM station had also joined the stable and there were plenty of characters that I worked with like Mark Hale, Jim Mortimer, Rohan Brown, Greg Wood, Dave Rabbetts, Linda Cooper, Jon Piva, Ben Woodward, Jeff Mizen, Lee Campbell, Simon Donnelly, Mark Argaet, Peter ‘Yoda’ Stevens, Anita Plos, Rob McLean, David Starr, Paul Taylor, Juanita Kelly, Michael J. Bailey, and Deanne Klaverstyn. Some of my great mates were John Petkovic, Andrew Talbot, Roger Cave who I still keep in contact with.
I was there the day the switch was flicked for 4CA to become 4CA FM. 4CA has since reverted to the AM band but it has never lost its relevance to so many local people. It has been the longest continuous radio station in Cairns and as a former staff member and now elected Member of Parliament, I say Happy 85th Birthday 4CA and may you continue to influence the airwaves for years to come.