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Abbey’s voice a beacon for radio

TOP WIN: Abbey McKenzie took out a top gong at the ACRAS.
TOP WIN: Abbey McKenzie took out a top gong at the ACRAS. CONTRIBUTED

FORMER Blackwater local Abbey McKenzie's voice is streamed across the radio daily, but she never expected her name to be read out for an award at the "Logies of the radio industry".

Abbey attended the Australian Commercial Radio Awards and said she was shocked when she was called up on stage, taking out the Best Networked Program category for her work on The Noise, a nationally networked program with Grand Broadcasters.

"My award was one of the final categories, and Grant Broadcasters had done ridiculously well bagging a number of awards over the night," Abbey said.

"I kind of got to a point where I thought surely our luck is going to run out soon.

"My photo went up on the big screen. I just put my head in my hands - I couldn't believe it!"

She said everything from that point was a blur.

"A cameraman finds you in your seat, captures your reaction, and he and a spotlight follow you up to the stage," Abbey said.

"I'm told the first thing I did was swear on camera - sorry, Mum. From there I can remember lots of cheers and people grabbing me for hugs as I made my way to the stage.

"All I kept thinking was, 'Don't fall up the stairs, Abb - just don't fall up the stairs'. Thankfully, I didn't fall up the stairs."

She said the red carpet was full of celebrities, including Kyle and Jackie O, Fifi Box, Kate Ritchie and Charli Robinson, and attending the awards were a highlight of her career, which started when she auditioned as Sea FM's Sea Cruiser driver in Rockhampton.

"I worked my way up to hosting my own Sunday show, Sea FM's Sunday Sesh, before accepting a gig as breakfast announcer in Adelaide, where I stayed for three years," she said.

Now based on the Sunshine Coast, she said she couldn't imagine a better gig.

"The fact that I've ended up working and living in one of the most beautiful places in Australia is amazing - I'm extremely lucky to be here."


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