Radio star graces airwaves

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Radio star graces airwaves

Top rating Adelaide radio announcer Leith Forrest has given further support to a number of Millicent organisations.

Back in March, he was the master of ceremonies at the Millicent Football Netball Club’s Saints and Sinners Ball at the Millicent War Memorial Civic and Arts Centre.

Mr Forrest returned to his hometown of Millicent recently for two further engagements.

He was the guest speaker at the 60th anniversary luncheon of the Millicent Lions Club which was held at the Somerset Hotel.

With little down time, Mr Forrest then did a two-hour broadcasting session from 4pm on Millicent community radio station 5THE-FM.

He teamed up with regular announcer Paul McRobert for lively chats between discs.

Mr Forrest’s association with 5THE-FM dates back to 1990 when he was a fledgling 14-year-old announcer and Millicent High School student.

His backing for 5THE-FM was recognised in 2022 when he was named as patron following a change in management and a new committee was elected.

As well as the usual 5THE-FM listening audience on Saturday afternoon, there was also a significant number of his loyal 5AA listeners from Adelaide tuning in via the live stream.

Earlier in the day, there was a celebratory sausage sizzle at the station to mark the recent granting of a five-year licence to 5THE-FM by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Around 20 revellers were still present when Mr Forrest and Mr McRobert went on air and they provided them with a live audience.

“Mr Forrest then graciously stayed after the show for around an hour, answering questions and giving local presenters some great tips and strategies for being the best presenters they can be,” a station spokesperson said.

“He is the consummate professional and all at 5THE-FM were very grateful for his presence and willingness to share and advise.

“He is an inspiration for some of our youngest announcers and the heights they could attain.”

Although generous with his time, Mr Forrest could not complete a “perfect” visit to his hometown as his beloved Mount Burr Mozzies United Football Club had the scheduled bye.

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