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Brisbane radio: Laurel Edwards, Gary Clare and Mark Hine join 4BC


Brisbane radio stars Laurel Edwards, Gary Clare and Mark Hine bring their top-rating breakfast show to 4BC

Much-loved stars of Queensland radio Laurel Edwards, Gary Clare and Mark Hine have signed with Brisbane station 4BC.

The popular trio lost their regular gig at 4KQ after the station was sold to the Sports Entertainment Network (SEN) earlier this year and was rebranded from a music format to 24/7 sports coverage.

Laurel, Gary and Mark, who finished at 4KQ on June 24, will bring their top-rating breakfast show to 4BC from Monday, July 11, reports The Courier-Mail.

Beloved stars of Queensland radio (L-R) Laurel Edwards, Gary Clare and Mark Hine have signed to Brisbane station 4BC and will broadcast their top-rating breakfast show from July 11

Beloved stars of Queensland radio (L-R) Laurel Edwards, Gary Clare and Mark Hine have signed to Brisbane station 4BC and will broadcast their top-rating breakfast show from July 11

Stalwarts of Brisbane radio for 16 years, the team of Laurel, Gary and Mark will replace current breakfast host Neil Breen, who is moving to drive time.

Meanwhile, Ray Hadley’s morning show will continue.

Laurel, a former presenter of Channel Seven lifestyle program The Great Day Out, has been a fixture of Brisbane radio for three decades.

The 56-year-old said it was visit to her school by 4BC announcer Murray Shoring that first inspired her to get into the industry.

With the arrival of Laurel, Gary and Mark to 4BC, current breakfast host Neil Breen (pictured on June 1, 2020) will be switching to the drive-time slot

With the arrival of Laurel, Gary and Mark to 4BC, current breakfast host Neil Breen (pictured on June 1, 2020) will be switching to the drive-time slot

‘This is a station with such a great Brisbane legacy, and it’s a privilege to be welcomed here, wherever our new and old listeners are tuning in from,’ she said.

‘It’s a full-circle moment for me, and it’s even better to be doing it with my radio brothers Mark and Gary.’

The news will come as a welcome relief to listeners who were left devastated after 4KQ’s music and talk was scrapped in favour of an all-sports format.

Ray Hadley (pictured in August 2018) will continue his popular morning show on 4BC

Ray Hadley (pictured in August 2018) will continue his popular morning show on 4BC

‘We have been listening to the 4KQ breakfast show since moving to Brisbane over 20 years ago. I can’t imagine starting my day with anything else,’ one fan wrote on the station’s Facebook page in May, soon after the sale was announced.

They added: ‘We will be tuning out of 4KQ. Very upsetting.’

A second listener said the ‘rebranding’ announcement had ‘ruined my day’, while another commented: ‘Absolutely disgusting [to] sell out to SPORTS!’ 

‘It’s just wrong that such a longstanding music station will be gone,’ added a fourth.

The beloved trio (pictured) lost their regular gig at 4KQ after the station was sold to the Sports Entertainment Network (SEN) earlier this year

The beloved trio (pictured) lost their regular gig at 4KQ after the station was sold to the Sports Entertainment Network (SEN) earlier this year

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