Laws looking for another station to take his show
By CRAIG McTEAR
IF he has his way, radio king John Laws won't be farewelling his loyal band of listeners in Coffs Harbour just yet.
Laws told the Coffs Coast Advocate yesterday he would try to find a way to remain on local airwaves through another radio station, and that he saw his program as giving rural people a chance to be heard.
"We'll find another way in," Laws said.
"I love the area and the area around it and I'm not going to stop broadcasting there unless I absolutely have to. There are other stations in the area.
"If humanly possible, I'll continue to broadcast.
"It was a decision made by the Macquarie people, and I can understand their decision . . . but what I don't understand is they're now going to do it from Hobart. They should do it from the capital of the radio world, which is Sydney."
Wooley's home base is Hobart.
Laws said he would be sending a personal message to his local fans on his website, and he encouraged them to help him find another suitable station to air his program in the Coffs Harbour area.
Laws has been to the city on a number of occasions, including one time when he did a live broadcast of his show.
Local media celebrity George Negus, himself a former 60 Minutes reporter, said rural and regional Australia would not suffer as a result of the swap to Wooley.
However, he had appreciated the support John Laws had given in the campaign for a better Pacific Highway, in particular the push for a start to the Bonville Deviation.
"The only people not making sense on that issue were both (State and Federal) governments, who appear to have come to some sort of sense," Negus said.
Negus bumped into Laws in Sydney last week and thanked him for his support on the issue.
"We both agreed you have to keep on their backs, because if you blink, they'll do something silly," Negus said.
"I don't think you can afford to relax, so Charlie might get the odd call from me.
"You will get a different view of things from Charlie, and there is no doubt he has the welfare of rural and regional Australia at heart."
Negus said it would be interesting to see how radio listeners would react to the big change.