DJ tunes top awards
DJ Craig Huth decided several years ago to leave his home town of Bundaberg in a bid to scale the heights of radio — and he hasn’t looked back since.
Now entertaining listeners in Manning Valley and Great Lakes, NSW, Mr Huth is celebrating a triple nomination in the 2010 Australian Commercial Radio Awards.
But he said there was no doubt his home was still the rum city, where he owns a house and has plenty of friends and family.
“All my family are in Bundaberg, but in radio we have to travel to reach the top,” the former 4BU announcer said.
“I try to come back about four or five times a year. I like going to the beach and having a few Bundy rums.
“It will always be home and I’ll come back to retire.”
Mr Huth, 44, said his earliest memories of radio were when his mum bought him a transistor radio.
“I would lie in bed fascinated by its sound,” he said.
“I just loved the communication.”
After finishing school at Norville Primary and Bundaberg High, Mr Huth continued the family tradition and entered the sugar industry, working with cane trains.
But local station 4BU continued to be a pull and he decided it was worth trying to enter the industry in 2001.
“I went to 4BU and asked, ‘How do you get into radio?’” Mr Huth said.
“They gave me a chance to read a few advertisements and were impressed.
“After a few weeks, they put me straight on the air, live, doing 6pm to midnight.”
He said the knowledge that he was entertaining with music and comment was a real buzz.
Mr Huth has been nominated for the best documentary in the country in the 2010 Australian Commercial Radio Awards.
“I am against some stiff opposition — the Victorian bushfires and Obama inauguration,” he said.
“I’m proud to be in the final three.”
The awards will be held at Melbourne Crown Casino in October.