4CC radio announcer says his farewells
WELL here we go. I'm writing this with a heavy heart as this is my final Just Kidding in this fine paper.
You may or not have heard over the past week that my second time in Gladstone has come to an end.
I'm leaving town this week to do breakfast radio back in Mackay and to be a dad again.
This decision has been one of the hardest I've had to make.
It's hard enough writing my thoughts down now just thinking of it, but every time I do I have two little kids in my mind and heart who may want to get to know me properly.
I've made so many wonderful friendships in my time here.
From the day I drove into town I've been blown away by your generosity. The kind words to the laughs.
I found love and I've had heartbreak.
From being part of a team (go the Mighty Meteors) to helping a great team like Rosella Park.
From the Harbour Festival to the Botanic to Bridge we've done a lot together.
There's plenty of people I've helped whether through a phone call, a hug, a fundraiser, or even just a wave and for that I am blessed for the experience.
Since the announcement of my departure the messages I've received have really made this 46-year-old bloke crumble.
You don't want to know how many times I've broken down in tears reading them. I'm just a big softy I guess.
They really have touched my heart.
I can't list everyone who's made my life here wonderful.
To all my 4CC family I will miss you more than you will know. I couldn't ask for better friends.
Can I also say a huge thank you to The Observer for allowing me to write my thoughts every week for the past five years?
It's been a pleasure and a privilege.
Gladstone is a beautiful place, filled with people with hearts of gold who will do anything for you at any time.
Thank you again Gladstone. Look me up if you're in Mackay!