Frank Crump to host 12-hour music marathon on 2Max FM.

Passionate local: Frank Crump has years of volunteering and fundraising up his sleeve. Tune in to 2Max FM this Friday evening, request a song and say hello to help him raise awareness of the crippling drought. Photo: Supplied.

Passionate local: Frank Crump has years of volunteering and fundraising up his sleeve. Tune in to 2Max FM this Friday evening, request a song and say hello to help him raise awareness of the crippling drought. Photo: Supplied.

Moree’s Frank Crump is known as a passionate advocate for Movember, each year raising money and awareness for the cause.

However, the local man knows well how tough people around the plains are doing it as drought take a hold.

Instead of placing added pressure on people to donate money this year, Frank has had a new idea of how he can help out- for free.

Putting Movember on hold for a year, Frank will use his connections in community radio- another passion of his.

“I’ve been a community radio announcer at 2Max FM in Narrabri for eight years now, it’s a hobby of mine.

“A long time ago I put to the committee an idea I had of hosting a 12-hour music marathon to raise awareness of the drought and lift our listeners spirits,” he said.

Frank’s usual Friday night requests will be modified this week to run from 7pm on October 12 to 7am on October 13.

But he wont be doing it alone, three other announcers have decided to jump on board and give Frank a helping hand.

“Usually I play requests for three hours and then Reggie The Robot takes over with a playlist of songs, but this Friday night we’ll be taking requests all night.”

The four announcers will also be sharing information about drought info sessions, government grants and many services that can help farmers feeling the grip of drought.

Frank said it was also an opportunity for farmers to unwind, take their mind off things and request their favourite song.

We’ve had rain recently but we all know it’s going to take a whole lot more to break this drought.

Frank Crump.

“This isn’t a fundraiser, it is just an awareness opportunity and we’d love for people to ring in, request a song, share their experiences or just say hello,” he said.

With listeners all over the north west regularly tuning into 2Max FM, on 91.3, he hoped the 12-hour show would entertain young and old.

“I have a strong belief in Movember but I just feel that times are too tough to be asking for donations.

“By holding an extended show I can still help out as I usually would, but by raising awareness of this drought.

“We’ve had rain recently but we all know it’s going to take a whole lot more to break this drought.”