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Gary Shannon, the voice of Perth throughout the '90s and Sting's mate, has made his radio comeback.
Two years since the radio veteran was sacked from 96fm, which is owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this website, Shannon joined the breakfast team at 92.9FM on Friday for a '90s theme show.
Shannon spent 23 of his near four decade long radio career at 92.9FM, formerly known as PMFM, before being head hunted by 96fm.
Wearing his original PMFM staff shirt Shannon sounded upbeat as he hosted the Lisa, Paul and Baz show, "I feel like Marty McFly from Back to the Future. I know why I'm here, you're celebrating the '90s and I am 90 now," he laughed.
Shannon picked up where he left off bringing back his trademark games and gimmicks, as the music selection spanned the era of grunge, Brit pop and boy bands.
A replay of his "Crazy Calls" found their way out of the archives and was broadcast as Perth ate breakfast while he reminisced with show hosts Lisa Fernandez, Paul Hogan and Basil Zempilas about other popular games which have since been abandoned on air.
"Singing in the shower, battle of the suburbs, beat the bomb, dead or alive – Baz you'd remember dead or alive, of course you would, he's only human everybody."
While producers struggled to answers the phone lines which rang off the hook for the Logie winning radio veteran, Shannon called the time, joked about the weather in Mandurah and confused listeners by signing off with his well versed "you're listening to PMFM's The Morning Crew."
"Listeners were calling up just to have a chat with the man they grew up with and to tell us to get him back on the air," Lisa, Paul & Baz executive producer Jase Allen told WAtoday.com.au.
Could a comeback amidst top 40 hits at the youth station be possible?
"You never know...you'll have to keep listening to Lisa, Paul & Baz find out," he added.
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