Strawny lays down the mic after 33 years 

After a 33-year radio career, the Mid North Coast’s Mark ‘Strawny’ Strachan OAM from 100.7 and 106.7 Triple M announced he will retire from Breakfast radio on Friday, December 23.

Strawny has been waking up the Mid-North Coast of NSW for more than three decades and is a much-loved celebrity of the local community. 

He was awarded an Order of Australia media for services to broadcast media and the community of Port Macquarie.

Strawny found his love for radio when he stepped into the 2MC radio studios as a producer in 1989. He made his way into the studio for workday and weekend afternoon shifts before waking up the region later.

He has been there through natural disasters and was the emergency broadcaster during the 2001, 2009 and 2013 floods, as well as the floods this year. He has also worked tirelessly for fundraisers and charity nights, raising more than $100,000 last year for the Give Me 5 For Kids charity.

Strawny is famous for his legendary April Fool’s Day pranks, with sewage blockages, fake $20 notes, and a man-eating shark just a few on a long list.

Strawny said it was hard to choose a favourite moment from his time on air, from ‘Up Your Street’ OBs, school Christmas shows and Tradie Thursdays, but giving away a tinny stands out.

“One of my faves was when we gave away a tinny. We did the final draw at the famous boatshed wharf with June the Tea Lady smashing a stubbie VB over the bow while the Town Band played the theme from Titanic live on air,” he said.

When he hands in the mic, Strawny will do some volunteering and grey nomad travelling in his retirement.

“I have used a great saying on-air over the years after we’ve done a great promo or given a ripper prize away, ’Before I retire, I hope I never have to get a real job,'” Strawny said.

“It has been such a privilege to be invited into the lives of the people here on the Mid-North Coast for 33 years.”

SCA Mid North Coast General Manager, Mike Crowhurst, said, “Strawny has been such a huge part of the Mid North Coast for over three decades and it’s hard to imagine not waking up to him on Triple M. 

“Mark has been there for the people of the Mid-North Coast through regional emergencies to celebrating some of the many great achievements of the region.

“From starting on the AM dial to now being streamed across the region, Strawny will be greatly missed when he hangs up the headphones, however, he is due for a sleep-in! 

“The dedication he has shown to the region and the countless community initiatives he has supported and participated in over the years is a true credit to the person he is.”

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Phil Bradley
24 Oct 2022 - 9:23 am

Strawny’s commitment to local radio has been outstanding. His passion for his region, product and people is great example for any new talent coming into the industry and he’s a hell of nice bloke too.

Great to have worked with you for part of your career and all the best away from the mic mate.

Dan King
24 Oct 2022 - 10:00 am

What a legacy he has created there! Well done brother, that is a wonderful achievement and a well earned breather coming up!

Michael Coles
24 Oct 2022 - 9:08 pm

Strawny is a legend and will be missed. You, Mr Producer and Bodge made a great team a couple of years back. Will Alex continue the tradition, I hope so?

Jason McLean
25 Oct 2022 - 5:09 pm

I remember Strawny from Radio school way back in the mid 80s. He went to Goulburn for about a year…then to Port and has been there ever since. Amazing run….good on him for such a long, successful stint and becoming a true local legend.

Noni Collins
9 Nov 2022 - 9:11 am

We love having Strawny start our days. Our family were one of the UP YOUR STREET houses – gosh what a fun morning, an OB when we opened Port Macquarie Xray on Lord St…Gosh too funny. June the Tea Lady even attended!!!Our son won a few worst joke Wednesdays, and we got to spend time in the Surf Club with you as well. You are such an awesome community member. Strawny Thank you – Enjoy your retirement Big cheer from the Collins Family. Noni, Nev, Emma Angus and Kate xx


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