For more than two decades, radio station 101.5FM has helped Caboolture-Morayfield and District RSL Sub Branch on ANZAC Day, so when services had to be cancelled this year the team upped the ante.
President Craig Hewlett says they’ve got a full program of music and interviews running throughout the day from 3am, and will broadcast pre-recorded dawn and mid-morning services.
“Nothing’s a substitute for the real services, but we’re going to do our best to bring it to people’s homes and give them that time of reflection,” Craig says.
“What we’re trying to do is keep it alive and keep it going.”
The 101.5FM team wants to give people the Anzac Day experience in the comfort and safety of their homes.
The broadcast will kick off at 3am with big band tunes from the 40s and 50s, before the pre-recorded dawn service is broadcast at 5.42am, with the Last Post played at 6am.
“Over 5,500 people have already registered their intent to do this,” he says.
Former lead guitarist for Slim Dusty and local musician Dave Reynolds will perform a stirring rendition of his song 21 Guns live at 7.30am.
The mid-morning service will be broadcast from 10.25am.
The day’s programming includes interviews with retired Moreton District police chief Michael Brady and local Ian Priestly who grew up in Papua New Guinea and remembers collecting shrapnel to make money.
Listeners will also hear from well-known poet and storyteller Noel Humphreys and author Philip Brady. There will also be messages from an Australian Army Major as well as a serviceman currently deployed overseas.
Caboolture-Morayfield & District Sub Branch president Bruce Miller says the pre-recorded services have been created to mirror what usually happens in Caboolture Town Square on Anzac Day.
Bruce says the RSL is grateful for the radio station’s support and encourages everyone to tune in.
Want to hear the broadcast? Head to 1015fm.com.au or tune your radio to 101.5FM.