Chuck Bean


The remains of a buried vintage car sit in a drought-affected property located in the Goolhi area on the outskirts of the north-western New South Wales town of Gunnedah, Australia, on October 3, 2019. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has declared the ongoing drought through the Murray Darling Basin to be the worst on record, with current conditions now exceeding the Federation Drought (1895-1903), the WWII drought (1937-1947) and the Millennium drought (1997-2009). The Federal and NSW Governments announced a new drought emergency funding plan on Sunday 13 October, with $1billion to go to water infrastructure for rural and regional communities impacted by the devastating drought in NSW. The plan will include a $650m upgrade of Wyangala Dam in the NSW central west and a $480m new Dungowan Dam near Tamworth. However, critics of the plan are calling for more immediate solutions.

If Tiger King has taught us anything it’s that there is a ferocious appetite for news stories about absolute disaster people. In that spirit each night during the 10 o’clock hour I enjoy playing a game with you, the listener, called Florida or Australia. The rules are simple: I’ll tell you about a news story on the air and you text or call in and tell me if you think the story happened in Florida or Australia.(because those two places seem to have a high concentration of craziness.)Here are tonight’s stories:

Florida man steals gator meat, ID'd by 'Gators' license plate, police say

Hand tattoos, a Florida Gators license plate and the suspect's wife help police catch a seafood theft suspect. A Port Orange man driving a car with a Florida Gators specialty license plate broke into a seafood store to steal gator tail meat, police said.

Big Kev the dinosaur roams the earth once again - ABC News

A giant fibreglass dinosaur called Big Kev has escaped extinction after the community demanded it be saved. The fate of Big Kev, a brachiosaurus which guarded a landscaping supplies store outside Darwin since 2007, was in doubt as the store moved to make way for a Bunnings outlet.

Be sure to tune in each night at 10pm if you want to play along.