IT WAS back to the future on Friday night with the announcement that Zinc radio station is heading back to its roots.
From 8am Monday morning, 4CC - the station Gladstone grew up with - is back.
Breakfast announcer Rob Kidd had a stint on air in 1997 when it was 4CC, and said he was excited to bring 4CC back to the listeners.
"I'm eager to interact with them about local issues and events," he said.
Former general manager Noel Roberts reminisced about his time with 4CC at the launch event at Gladstone Yacht Club on Friday night.
He worked at the station in 1970 when country music was the flavour on air.
When he returned in 1982 after a four-year break, the station changed from 4CD to 4CC.
"It was a really exciting time in the history of the station - a new owner, new studios and new name," he said.
"It was a lot of fun back in those days before automation; we were there at everything because you had to be."
Grant Broadcasters, who bought the entire Prime Radio Queensland network in October, wanted the Gladstone station to have its own brand from the Zinc network.
Station manager Sally Waghorn said the station wanted to introduce changes that would "improve the sound and feel of the brand to really capture the community focus we're so passionate about".
- New talk back show with Rob Kidd 8.30-10am weekdays
- Afternoon show with "Aussie girl next door" Clare Wootton from 3-6pm.