DISC JOCKEY: Burnett State College teacher Darryn Murphy plans to start North Burnett's first commercial online-only radio station.
DISC JOCKEY: Burnett State College teacher Darryn Murphy plans to start North Burnett's first commercial online-only radio station. Contributed

Schoolteacher to make broadcasting history in Burnett

BROADCASTING has been Darryn Murphy's life.

He's done it since he was 15.

But, after becoming disillusioned with his work at Southern Cross Austereo, "sick of pushing buttons” and wanting to push the boundaries of the medium instead, Mr Murphy said, he quit.

Originally from Melbourne, Mr Murphy retrained as a teacher and began work in 2017 at Burnett State College in Gayndah, moving his family with him.

But he couldn't stay away from the mixing desk.

After a stint with Burnett River Radio 91.5 FM, where he's been a regular weekend voice, Mr Murphy is on the cusp of unveiling something big.

He is looking to set up, in Gayndah, "North Burnett's first ever commercial online-only radio station”.

This station would cover the entire Wide Bay-Burnett and be broadcast right across Australia, anywhere there is an internet connection and a set of ears to listen.

"I think there is a lot going on (in the region) but we need that push to bring people in,” Mr Murphy said.

"This is a big geographic area where not a lot of people know what's going on.”

He sees his future station, then, as an object of promoting the region and binding its inhabitants closer together in a show of "community spirit”.

"This is serving the community as a two-way street, we serve them and they, in turn, (support) us.”

But why would someone who lives in Kalgoorlie, for instance, care enough about what's happening here to listen?

Mr Murphy takes a lot of his inspiration from 2UW, a locally-owned digital station in Newcastle.

"I don't care about what's happening in Newcastle, but I still listen daily to 2UW,” he said.

He conceded his wife is originally from Newcastle, so there was a slight connection, but mostly he was there for the music and the experience.

So what can one expect from our region's new, as-yet-unnamed station?

"Great music, talk-back and community information,” Mr Murphy said.

"Playing everything from the 1960s to now.”

As a hint of what direction the songs might run on the station, Mr Murphy's three desert island discs are The Wall and Wish You Were Here, both by Pink Floyd, and Hope & Ruin by Canadian band, The Trews, which he fell in love with during a stint working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

'Floydian Slip', a show originating in Vermont, USA, in 1989, will be syndicated to Mr Murphy's new station.

He already has four DJs locked in and is in the process of organising the necessary licenses.

Mr Murphy will also be meeting with North Burnett Regional Council mayor Rachel Chambers to discuss his venture.


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