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The RPP FM team is to be congratulated for their live 12 hour coverage of the Blues at the Briars festival on the weekend. Debra Mar went down to check it out.

Ray Reid, RPP FM presenter and Blues fanatic was among the RPP FM crew who presented an outside broadcast from Blues at the Briars as part of a special edition of his program Blues Shack. Many of the artists performing on the festival’s main stage have been either invited guests on the Blues Shack program and interviewed by Ray or have recorded in the BlueScope Performance Studio at the station under the expertise of Production Manager Mark Mayle and Steve Meyers.

RPP FM personalities and presenters Pete Smedley and Ange Robinson, ‘roved’ the crowd with ‘mic in hand’ interviewing Blues fans. Pete also took control of live crossings to Neil Williams, RPP FM cricket commentator at a MPCA Bendigo Bank cricket match during the day and later conducted several live crossings to Debra Mar, another RPP FM team member who provided an update from the Peninsula Short Film Fest in Rosebud simultaneously.

Station Manager, Brendon Telfer re-emphasized the great work his team had achieved and congratulated them for their dedication and professionalism. “Consider that in the past fortnight we have delivered to our audience, the Frankston Waterfront Festival, the Hillview Quarries Australia Day Street Parade in Mornington, Blues at the Briars and a T20 Grand Final – while all the time delivering our regular quality programs!” he said. “We have been able to improve our broadcasts, now linking other events simultaneously. We are consolidating our audience, breaking new ground and improving awareness, and this is broadcasting that is testing national standards, both in it’s program delivery and technical complexity – just awesome,” he added.

RPP FM presenter and entertainer Bob Phillips exclaimed “This is great stuff and exactly what the ‘NEW RPP’ is all about!”

Patrick Elliget, co-founder of the Blues at the Briars said, “Now in it’s second year the organizing of the Festival fell into place.” This year a VIP tent was set up for Blues fans to listen to singers perform during the main stage breaks. Patrick added, “It’s another opportunity to showcase Blues performers such as Andy Phillips & Nicole Nehemia, highlighting the talent around.” Drinks and a 'pick up' and 'drop off' service was also available to VIP guests.

Household name Blues artists who performed on the main stage included local Mama Blue & Son, Blue Eyes Crying, The Sammy Owen Blues Band and the Chris Finnen Band to name a few, and highly commended and celebrated international artist Lloyd Spiegel went ‘live to air’ also on the day.‘

The Blues at the Briars is an annual event and is another splendid example of the diversity of entertainment and attractions we offer on the Peninsula.

For all your Blues entertainment, news and interviews listen to Ray Reid on Blues Shack every Thursday at 10pm.

Words Debra Mar
Photography Rab Siddhi & Graeme Kniese

RPP FM IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF 
BLUES AT THE BRIARS

Pictured: Left – Chris Finnen Band performing live on the Blues at the Briars Main Stage
Right – With roving mic, Ange caught ‘hamming it up in the ‘Moshe Pit’
Insert: Ray Reid ‘master behind the mic’