COUNTDOWN: Roger Wood, president of 88.9FM, and his grandson/announcer, Nicholas Wood
COUNTDOWN: Roger Wood, president of 88.9FM, and his grandson/announcer, Nicholas Wood

What's hot on 88.9FM

By RACHEL SCOLLAY

HOW many top 40 radio countdowns include AC/DC, Cliff Richard and Spiderbait?

Not many, if any.

But at 88.9FM Richmond Valley Radio, more than 50,000 listener requests have been logged during the year, resulting in perhaps the most diverse New Year's Eve countdown to be beamed out in radio land tonight.

President Roger Wood said the station only did requests, and with a target audience of under-18s and 35-plus, the 40 most requested songs of the year made interesting listening.

Forty per cent were country tunes and 38 per cent homegrown Aussie music.

"It's fascinating to see what comes up," he said.

"We've given the community the control. They are the programmers."

After all the calculations were completed they then reworked the figures to find out the top 10 most requested artists.

Country legend Slim Dusty came in at number one, while Aussie rockers AC/DC were the second most requested act, and the king of rock'n'roll Elvis Presely was relegated to fourth place.

Roger said the biggest surprise was the number three ranking ? Bo Jenkins, a country and blues singer from the Gold Coast.

"We knew he was doing pretty well," Roger said.

"But that was a very big surprise, because he's just a local bloke.

"He's not even an established star like Slim and Elvis.

"He does a lot of gigs in this neck of the woods.

"He's the most amazing guitarist I've ever personally known.

"He plays left-hand guitar upside down."

Roger said 88.9FM radio duo Fletch and Budgie would be rolling out the countdown from 8pm, all the way to midnight.

"Fletch is going to go off about number three ? Daddy's Girl, by Red Sovine.

"He hates it."