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Good vibes: Ross Woodward has brought his life-long love of popular music – and his massive collection of CDs and vinyl – to the peninsula’s radio station RPP-FM. Picture: Gary Sissons
More music a near-impossible mission Mike Hast firstname.lastname@example.org ROSS Woodward remembers the first record he bought as an 11-year-old in 1974 – Abba’s first UK hit single Waterloo. He bought the band’s second UK hit, too – Mamma Mia, which topped the charts in early 1976. Another early buy was Slade Alive just to show the preteen was also into raucous sounds. For the British boy these early purchases were the start of a magnificent obsession with popular music that has lead to a massive collection of vinyl records, then CDs and now back to vinyl again – and a show on the peninsula’s radio station RPP-FM on Friday evenings at 6 o’clock. Woodward is perhaps best known in
the region as the founder and owner of public relations company Media Key, based in Frankston, which started in 1991. He lives in Mt Eliza with his family – and many thousands of CDs and records. Woodward came to Australia for a holiday in 1987 and never left. He scored a job as a journalist with the ABC in Melbourne and later worked for the Herald Sun and The Age before becoming a public relations officer at Mount Royal Hospital in Melbourne and then on the Victorian government’s “Life. Be in it.” fitness campaign, which became a national campaign in 1977. It starred “Norm”, a middle-aged man with a prominent beer belly. Woodward walked into the office of RPP-FM in Mornington earlier this year and presented his radio show idea to sta-
tion manager Brendon Telfer, himself a former ABC employee. Telfer was looking to revamp the drive-time slot on Fridays, 6-8pm, and Woodward’s show, Mission Impossible, was accepted. The name? “It’s impossible to fit all the songs I want to play into a two-hour slot,” Woodward said with a laugh. The radio presenter said his musical tastes are eclectic. Woodward said he wanted to “share my love of amazing tunes with others and inspire people to make their record collections even bigger”. He said his kids are into electronica music. “They think pop is dead. I don’t. But one thing is that they educate me about what’s being created today.” Mission Impossible is on Friday nights 6-8pm on 98.7 FM or streaming online at rppfm.com.au
POLICE seized about $100,000 worth of ill-gotten gains, including jetskis and motorbikes, after executing a warrant to search a Seaford home last week. Three jetskis, two motorbikes, power tools, laptops and mobile phones were among the stolen property recovered from a Hummerstone Rd property on Thursday 8 June. Two men, aged 52 and 33, were arrested and charged with numerous offences including handling stolen goods. Detective Sergeant Paul Mealia, of Frankston CIU, said the loot was stolen over a 3-6 month period from Frankston, Seaford and the Sunbury areas. The arrested duo were bailed and will face charges in Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 1 September.
Van, car burnt out Two stolen vehicles were torched in Frankston on Tuesday night (13 June). A delivery van stolen from Malvern East the same day was set alight in Cromer Court, Frankston. About 100 packages were missing from the van. On the same night, a 2005 model Holden Astra stolen from Langwarrin on 5 June, was burnt out. The front registration plate did not match the back plate. Police are reviewing CCTV footage of the car destruction at Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston in the Karingal Place Neighbourhood House carpark. The two incidents are not believed to be related to each other.
A “large amount” of cash was found at Frankston train station and handed in to police last Friday (9 June). A passerby found the money on a station platform. Police say the owner of the money can claim the cash by confirming the total amount found, the denominations and detailing what the money was contained in. Anyone who lost the money in the area should call Frankston Police Station on 9784 5555.
Saturday assaults Frankston police were quickly on the scene after reports of assaults and a theft in Frankston on Saturday night (17 June). Investigators have been told a man was sitting at the Frankston train station with a woman at about 5.45pm when he was allegedly struck by a teenager. The teen and his friend ran from the scene and were allegedly involved in the theft of a mobile phone and further assaults near Young St. The pair then fled the area. Police arrived a short time later and arrested a 17-year-old boy from Noble Park and a 20-year-old man from Hallam. Both have been interviewed in relation to the incident with the teen charged and bailed to appear at a Children’s Court at a later date to face assault and theft charges. The Hallam man is expected to be charged on summons for similar offences. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au online.
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Frankston Times 19 June 2017