Debbie zooms in on secret sound
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A SEEMINGLY insignificant household noise landed Debbie Appo more than $5000 yesterday when she cracked the 4CC secret sound.
'I'm fanatical when it comes to the secret sound and this one (the sound of a camera lens zooming in and out) just stuck in my head for some reason,' she said.
Debbie said her husband, Graham, was 'mucking around' with their digital camera one night when she picked the sound.
'I said to him: 'That's it! That's the secret sound', but he said it was nothing like it and laughed at me for suggesting it,' she said.
'But I'm the one that's laughing now.'
Breakfast announcers Grant Cooper and Kelly Howard got as much of a surprise as Debbie.
'We were extremely excited, because we were so used to saying no and then we both looked at each other and went 'Oh my god, she's right!',' Kel said.
The sound, which has kept lo-cals guessing for 14 months, was chosen by the duo, saying they were "the only people in the world'' who knew the answer.
'If you spend the day walking around blindfolded, taking the time to listen to everyday noises, you'll have an idea where we come up with the sounds,' Cooper said.
However, the announcers said it would be a while before they would release the next secret sound.
'You might catch us shaking a tin at Kin Kora to raise money for the next one, because this one's left us broke,' Cooper said.