THE only radio station in Douglas Shire is giving a voice to local businesses.

Fab FM Radio, located at the historic Bally Hooley Station at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, is offering mentions to local businesses to get the word out.

Owner and announcer Paul Makin, a 50-year broadcast veteran, said now was the time for everyone to pull together and support our local business owners when they are hurting financially.

“It’s a time to come together and build a bright future for all of us,” Paul said.

“Radio is a wonderful medium to get the word out through our ads.”

Paul and his wife Marion purchased the licences and started broadcasting throughout the Douglas Shire on Anzac Day 2018 from their studio in Adelaide SA.

In November 2018, they relocated to Port Douglas to live and started broadcasting from their new studio at the marina.

When COVID-19 lock down restrictions started, they made the decision to assist all supporters by keeping their ads running on the station and invite other businesses that have found themselves in dire straits, to submit information so that ads can be produced and aired.

Now, with restrictions starting to ease, Marion, Paul and on-air personality Gary ‘Gazza’ McIlroy, are giving local businesses another leg up.

“For the month of June, we invite any business in Douglas Shire that wants a mention on the radio to contact us through and we’ll produce up a short message to let the community know what their up to,” Paul said.

“As restrictions start to ease and businesses start opening up more, it’s important to keep the community informed and this is where we can add our support.

“This is a time to Buy Douglas: Build Douglas and in our case – support Douglas.”

With their compact studio very accessible and visibly open to the public, tourists and locals alike come down to watch the radio station functioning and to interact with the on-air hosts.

The radio station has become a local tourist attraction.

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