It was a bittersweet moment for RPP FM presenter Keith Horner this week when his Sunnyside of Life program went live to air for the last time.
As he worked down his ‘swingpop’ playlist music program, he thanked his listeners who have supported him for the past 7 years presenting over 400 episodes spread across several different programs which included Disability Shop, Easy Listening, Jive at Five and several other jazz programs.
In 2007, Keith joined 3RPP, as the community station was known as then, and proudly states the new vibrant and dynamic RPP FM local radio station has become the station to listen to with professionally produced programs, talented presenters and state-of-the-art recording and sound equipment. Technology improvements will assist the station to move into the digital age to provide a more enjoyable listening experience.
Live streaming from the RPP FM website enabled Keith to arrange interviews with overseas bandleaders such as Paul Hemmer in USA. The high-tech BlueScope Performance Studio gave Keith the opportunity to organise recording of singers such as The Southern Sounds Chorus, Frankston Ladies Choir and Between The Bays Barbershop Group.
Keith said times have changed since the ‘good old days’ at the station down at the Moorooduc Coolstores. He said, “I remember the ramshackled and worn out but homely studios, had a great spirit of survival! Towards the end of our sojourn before moving to Wilsons Road Mornington, the equipment was literally collapsing. One Friday as I got halfway through my show the old microphone boom began to slide downwards as I spoke. All I could do was follow it down until my face was on the desk still talking, put on a track and then call for sticky tape!” There were many other funny stories he still shares.
He chaired the 3RPP Fundraising Committee as the station sought money for the new studios in Wilsons Road Mornington and had the opportunity to work with amazing station colleagues along the way. He also trained upcoming presenters.
Station Manager Brendon Telfer said, “Keith leaves a big gap – his passion, dedication and commitment to the ideal of community radio has been second to none. Keith’s work has been outstanding, both behind the mic and in the training room. He will be missed.“
In summary, Keith expressed his heartfelt thoughts saying, “Over the years, I’ve been lucky to have been encouraged by special colleagues such as Production Manager Mark Mayle, Brendon Telfer and Admin Coordinator Ellice Viggers who were always ready to help and support me, especially with new trainees'.
RPP FM has been a friend to many, a source of information and entertainment and Keith leaves RPP FM with many fond, fun memories and long-life friends.
So where to now for Keith Horner? He will dabble in Internet Podcasting so it’s back to the beginning for him with lots of new skills and technology to learn.
RPP FM – Your Voice on the Peninsula
Compiled by Debra Mar
Photopgraphy Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Keith Horner in RPP FM Studio 2 bidding farewell to his listening audience