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Mix 104.9 - Everything Top End featuring Wake Up with Greg and Ali, 360 with Katie Woolf and Jac Bowie!

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    Ali & I were telling you about Mel Gibson visiting Alice Springs last weekend. We have just discovered from our spies that he has been linked to a proposal to build a $1 million 20-metre tall crucifix with LED-lights on top of a remote mountain in the Northern Territory to ‘usher in the second coming of Jesus’.

    Mel Gibson was in the Alice with his girlfriend for a three day tour, west of town, where he caught up with landscape photographer and fellow Christian, Ken Duncan. It's reported that Mel Gibson donated various signed items from his illustrious career towards fund raising efforts that may go towards the erection of the crucifix which will be placed on Memory Mountain, 230 kilometres west of Alice Springs.

    Photographer Ken Duncan has so far raised almost $340,000 of the $920,000 he needs to build the structure.

    According to the website, an anonymous Australian donor has already contributed more than $100,000.

     

    Story from Greg

     

     

     


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    walk

    Celebrated across the globe, International Women's Day recognises the achievements of women from all walks of life while calling for greater equality.

    This Saturday, women dressed in purple will gather at Parliament House to walk through the streets of Darwin to celebrate the theme Strong Women, Strong Territory.

    A morning tea will follow, plus live music and entertainment as part of an expo in the Main Hall of Parliament House.

    Having participated in the walk in previous years, I encourage you to step out and recognise the strong women in your life and empower our younger generation. Ali 

     


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  • 03/11/16--16:53: Trophy Hunting
  • trophy hunting

    With the 'on again, off again' talk of legalised croc hunting safaris in the Northern Territory, Monday's Four Corners program features a report on Africa’s trophy hunting industry. The program is titled “Safari: Paying to Kill” comes from Canal Plus.

    They’re the big game animals that symbolise Africa – lions, rhinos and elephants. And they’re top of the list for the big game hunters with deep pockets who travel to Africa to hunt and kill.

    For $22,000, you can shoot a lion, $120,000 will get you a rhinoceros. Some safari hunts even let you choose the size and colour of the animal, right out of a catalogue.

    “A lot of hunters are collectors, they’ve hunted everything, now they want to add something new, something exciting…It’s like a dress, no woman likes to wear the same dress for three years. They like to change.” Game breeder

    “It’s a huge business. A lot of farmers are leaving cattle-breeding to start breeding game, because it’s a buoyant market. It’s better than the stock market!” Hunting Guide

    Even the taxidermists are doing well thanks to their wealthy clients.

    “These guys have massive houses. They build their own showrooms. This (one is for) a Russian client and he bought a new house for his trophies.” Taxidermist

    Some animals are bred specifically to be hunted.

    “In order to satisfy lion hunters’ demands, lions are bred like chickens often in legal but deplorable conditions” Reporter

    This film takes you on a journey into the auction rooms and animal warehouses where these prized creatures are bought and sold. And into the darker world of illegal hunting where lions are tranquilised or partly domesticated to make them easier to shoot.

    Monday 14th March at 8.30pm on ABC          *Greg


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    michael jackson

    Later this month Nine Darwin will screen Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall. This much tlaked about doco was produced by Spike Lee. The documentary includes never-before-seen footage, including material from Jackson’s personal collection, and interviews with musicians Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson and John Legend, plus family members Katherine Jackson, Joe Jackson and Marlon Jackson. The 90 minute doco aired in the US last month.

    See a rare chapter of Jackson’s stellar career, from signing his first deal with Motown Records as a member of The Jackson 5 to embarking on a new path with CBS Records and forging an unbreakable musical bond with legendary producer Quincy Jones.

    The Off the Wall album released in 1979, co-produced by Jones and Jackson, was his solo debut. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide, made him an instant superstar, and became one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Three decades later, Off the Wall’s timeless mixture of pop and funk saw it inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.

    See how one of the most talented performers in rock history went from an earnest, passionate, hard-working boy to be crowned the King of Pop, loved by fans around the globe for his brilliant music, his sensational dance moves, and his dazzling videos.

    9:10pm Sunday March 20 on Nine Darwin

    Keep listening to Greg & Ali for more details. 


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  • 03/14/16--00:31: AFL Bookie Odds
  • afl

    If you're joining MIX 104.9's AFL Tipping competition you may want to know where your team sits with the bookies this season. Just over a week remains so register now. $2,500 for the winner at Seasons ends.  

    Hawthorn

    West Coast

    Fremantle

    Geelong

    Port Adelaide

    Sydney

    Richmond

    Collingwood

    North Melbourne

    Western Bulldogs

    Adelaide

    GWS

    Gold Coast

    Melbourne

    St Kilda

    Essendon

    Brisbane

    Carlton

    Good luck....(My tip) Hawthorn v Sydney 2016 Grand Final ....Greg

     


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    cyclone emr kit

    With the potential for a cyclone to develop off the Northern Territory/Queensland coast later this week, now is the time to ensure your cyclone kit is up to date.

    If there is a cyclone you may need to rely on your own resources to get you through until the emergency or disaster has passed, or until help arrives.

    Here's a handy checklist:

    • Battery operated radio with spare batteries
    • Torch with spare batteries, candles and waterproof matches 
    • First Aid Kit with any essential medicines
    • A change of clothes for each member of the houshold
    • Blankets or sleeping bags
    • Toilet paper and essential toiletries, including sunscreen
    • Special needs for infants
    • Money, including change for phone calls
    • Important family documents, such as birth certificates and photos
    • Strong and sealable plastic bags, for clothing and valuables
    • A mobile phone, spare battery and charger
    • Extra car and house keys
    • A copy of your household plan
    • Pet supplies
    • Non perishable foods
    • 10 litres of bottled water per person
    • Portable cooker
    • Cooking and eating equipment and utensils

     


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    t20

    Nine’s coverage of the ICC World Twenty20 from India begins this Friday, March 18.

    Mark Taylor, Ian Healy, Michael Hussey and Michael Clarke will provide commentary and analysis.

    Nine Network’s Director of Sport, Tom Malone, said: “The Nine Network has been overwhelmed by the positive feedback since announcing we will be bringing Aussie sports fans the ICC World Twenty20 this month – live and free. 

    Friday, March 18
    Live at 6.30pm  (Darwin) on GEM
    Australia v New Zealand

    Monday, March 21
    Live at 11pm  (Darwin) on Nine
    Australia v Q1A

    Friday, March 25
    Live at 6.30pm (Darwin) on GEM
    Australia v Pakistan

    Sunday, March 27
    Live at 11pm (Darwin) on Nine
    Australia v India

    Wednesday March 30
    Live at 10.30pm (Darwin) on Nine
    Semi Final No.1

    Thursday, March 31
    Live at 10.30pm (Darwin) on Nine
    Semi Final No. 2

    Sunday, April 3
    Live at 9.30pm (Darwin) on Nine
    Final


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  • 03/15/16--19:39: Territory Cops returns
  • Cops

    The exciting new series of Territory Cops made its debut on Channel 10 last night and it didn't disappoint.

    From drunken misadventures to drug trafficking and a whole lot of public nuisance, the reality show served up a healthy dose of bizarre, humorous moments that could only occur in the Territory.

    From arresting a family with five adult members that have over 500 convictions between them to a failed roadside breath test by a 20 year old who drove home from the pub in her friend's car, the life of a Territory cop is never dull.

    Take a look at the episode here Territory Cops

     


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  • 03/16/16--10:33: Australian Grand Prix 2016
  • formula 1

    The 2016 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix returns to the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit in Melbourne this Friday, airing over the weekend on TEN and ONE.

    Following a disappointing season last year, Aussie hero Daniel Ricciardo will be back with a vengeance in 2016 as he sets his sights on a World Championship.

    He will, however, have some tough competition on his hands with the unstoppable Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton out to prove a point.

    Australia’s most experienced Formula One driver, Mark Webber, joins the team again this year to offer his expert opinion and, following the success of last year, commentate all F1 sessions as well as qualifying and the race.

    The 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix promises to be an action-packed weekend of thrills and spills, on and off the track, live and free on Network Ten.

    Friday, 18 March. 10.00am – 5.30pm NT on ONE.
    Saturday, 19 March. 8.30am – 5.00pm NT on TEN
    Sunday, 20 March. 8.30am – 4.30pm NT on TEN

    Strap yourselves in. Should be a hoot. ...Greg

     


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    kate ceberano

    Australian entertainer Kate Ceberano joins her good friends Jon Stevens, Daryl Braithwaite and Jon Paul Young for a national APIA Good Times Tour.

    The quartet lands in Darwin to perform at the Darwin Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 18 May and Kate says she's looking forward to another visit to the Top End.

    Take a listen to her chat with Greg and Ali on Wake Up. 


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  • 03/17/16--19:24: Meet Darwin's Mr Fish
  • Brook McGrigor

    Meet Darwin's Mr Fish.

    Brook McGrigor of Humpty Doo has been voted as having the 'best catch' by Mix 104.9 listeners. Brook caught this beauty in Arnhem Land on a recent fishing trip with his mates. His wife Aleyshia sent in the photo. 

    Brook has scored a heap of goodies from BCF and 'Mr Fish' bragging rights. Congratulations.


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  • 03/17/16--19:43: UFC: Conor McGregor
  • mcgregor

    It's looking like Conor McGregor will likely return at UFC 200 to defend his featherweight title. There's still no decision as to whether he’ll face former champion Jose Aldo or top-ranked contender Frankie Edgar. Aldo is at the top of the list after losing to McGregor in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 last December. The image of Aldo coming crashing down to the canvas after a single punch landed is tough to forget. And Aldo hasn’t fought since that time to remind the world why he was the featherweight champion for seven consecutive defenses prior.

    Edgar is currently riding a five-fight win streak, including a knockout over Chad Mendes in the first round of his last bout in December 2015. Edgar is also a top-notch wrestler with some of the best takedowns in the division and McGregor has struggled with his ground game in a couple of his toughest UFC fights.

    It all adds up to Edgar having the best shot to dethrone McGregor in one of the biggest cards of the year at UFC 200.

    Edgar has been banging the drum non-stop since McGregor lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 and said his next fight would be back at featherweight.

    Whether he gets the fight is still a mystery, but Edgar has at least one more prominent person saying he deserves the shot.

     


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    Daryl

    Australian entertainer Daryl Braithwaite is returning to Darwin for the APIA Good Times Tour at the Darwin Entertainment Centre in May.

    He joins good mates Kate Ceberano, Jon Stevens and John Paul Young for what Daryl says will be a trip down memory lane.

    Take a listen to the interview here. 


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  • 03/21/16--00:24: LONDON HAS FALLEN review
  • london has fallen

    With the majority of the political leaders of the Western world attending the British Prime Minister's funeral in London you might be thinking 'what a great gathering to have a terrorist attack'. Well...You'd be right.

    "London has Fallen" reminded me of 'the Chaser's War on Everything' trying to infultrate the APEC meeting in Sydney 9 years ago. Both are very funny and totally unbelievable. With a budget of $60 million they should've made sure their special effects team was allocated more than what they must've recieved. I've seen better effects in films from the 1980's. The war on terrorism is in full swing here and it's up to Presidential security aide Mike Banning (played by Gerard Butler) to bring down these bad boys and he does it with every weapon you could imagine.

    For a Sunday matinee to escape the heat of the day it's a easy way to waste a couple of hours. 'London Has Fallen' is a modern day propaganda film that has you cheering for the terrorists occasionally....and that's not a good thing with its subject matter. 

    Greg's vote: 1.5 out of 5


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    batman v supernanny

    A lot of money hindges on the success of Batman v Superman. Warner Bros have the rights to the DC Comic empire and they intend to equal or surpass the Marvel Comic empire which has earnt billions. Early reviews of the film have been favourable which opens on 30,000 screens worldwide this week.

    So before you part with your hard earned moola for the biggest clash since Alien v Predator here's what you need to know.

    Ben Affleck asked Christian Bale for any advice he could give about playing Batman. Bale told him to "make sure you can piss in that suit." The two men met quite by accident in a costume shop. They were both buying a Batman costume for their kids.
     
    In an interview with Jimmy FallonBen Affleck said he was warned by Warner Bros. about the possible negative reaction to his casting and was advised to remain off the Internet after the casting announcement. He also said to assuage his concerns the studio showed him negative comments that fans had initially made to previous superhero castings. Affleck said in spite of the studio warnings he still checked out an online message board. The first comment he read was "Affleck as Batman? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!" After seeing that he immediately went offline.
    A rough cut of the film was shown for the executives at Warner Bros. They were reportedly so impressed that they not only gave the film a standing ovation, but also began negotiating a deal with Ben Affleck to have him make three solo Batman movies, rather than the original plan to make only one.
    Henry Cavill put on twice the amount of muscle mass for this film than he did for Man of Steel (2013). His trainer said that it was possible because Cavill had kept up a lot of his Superman fitness regiment in the break between the two films, so they were able to build on that foundation and achieve an even bigger body this time around.
    The film was originally pitched in August 2001 by Andrew Kevin Walker, with Wolfgang Petersen to direct and Akiva Goldsman to script. Goldman's script had Bruce Wayne's fiancée slain by the Joker, which sends him on a revenge rampage and brings him into conflict with Superman who tries to stop him. The film was shelved, but in Goldsman's I Am Legend (2007), a teaser poster for the film (the Superman shield inside a bat) was seen in the opening scene.
    Ben Affleck gained an additional 20lbs of muscle and reached 8% body fat for his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman.
    Christian Bale mentioned in an interview that he felt like he wanted to continue playing Batman. He then jokingly said, "I'm jealous of someone else playing Batman." Bale portrayed Bruce Wayne/ Batman in the Dark Knight Trilogy.
    According to Ben Affleck, he was surprised when he was offered the Batman role and was at first hesitant to commit to it. He was won over after a meeting with directorZack Snyder, who pitched Affleck his vision of Batman and showed him concept art for the film.
    Ben Affleck will portray Batman in this film, Suicide Squad (2016), The Justice League Part One (2017), Untitled Batman RebootJustice League Part Two (2019), and possibly 2 sequels to the Untitled Batman Reboot.
    Ben Affleck stated in a interview that he had asked if he could have the batsuit when filming was complete. The producers said yes, but that he'd have to pay $100,000 in order to keep it. Affleck quickly changed his mind and asked if he could just take a picture with it instead.

       


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    Alex

    For many, Easter in the Top End means hitting the water and wetting a line.

    Fishing guru Alex Julius shares his hot spots for a decent catch this Easter long weekend on Wake Up with Greg and Ali. Take a listen to the chat.


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  • 03/25/16--00:06: Vale: Garry Shandling
  • sad loss

    Gifted US comedian Garry Shandling, best known for The Larry Sanders Show, has died aged 66. He died of a heart attackafter being rushed by ambulance to a hospital.

    Born in Chicago, moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s landing staff writing jobs on sitcoms such as Sanford and Son and Welcome Back Kotter. After a serious car accident in 1977 he focussed on a career as a stand-up comedian and cultivated a stage persona that played up his real-life neuroses.

    He became a regular on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, later becoming Carson’s permanent guest host until 1987.

    By 1986, he co-created It’s Garry Shandling’s Show which ran until 1990 followed by The Larry Sanders Show for HBO. The fictional tonight show ran from 1992 until 1998, featuring real celebrities mocking themselves, Jeffrey Tambor as his on-air sidekick Hank “Hey Now” Kingsley, Rip Torn as his producer Artie, and dispensing with a laugh track. The Larry Sanders Show won 3 Emmys and is still regarded as ground-breaking amongst the comedy fraternity.

    He also hosted Emmys, Grammys and appeared on The X-Files, Caroline in the City, Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show. He was once offered $5 million to replace Dave Letterman on his Late Night show. 

    His Film credits included Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man 2, Over the Hedge, The Dictatorand Zoolander.

    In 2007, Shandling told Esquire, “I remember when I was a struggling comic appearing for the first time in Las Vegas. Don Rickles came in to watch the new guy. Afterward, he came backstage, and I asked him if he thought I was funny. He said, ‘You know when you’re funny. You don’t have to ask.’ And he was right.”

    Ricky Gervais tweeted he was one of this generations best comedians. 

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    run

    The first major fun run of the Dry Season is fast approaching so now is the time to start training!
     
    The Cazaly's Palmerston Fun Run and Walk is on Sunday 17 April starting and finishing at the Palmerston Waterpark. This year there is a 5km and 2.5km event to choose from.
     
    Registrations are now open through Athletics NT and each adult entry gets a free child entry. Plus there are freebies to score like YMCA vouchers and Brooks running shoes.
     
    The fun run is proudly supported by the City of Palmerston and Mix 104.9.
     
    Image: courtesy of the Northern Territory News 

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  • 03/29/16--03:11: State of Origin 2016 Launch
  • origin

    The Holden State of Origin Series was launched Tuesday (29/3/16) at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, alongside a marketing campaign designed to engage all supporters of the game.

    NRL CEO Todd Greenberg launched the "This is Origin" campaign, alongside NSW VB Blues Coach Laurie Daley and Captain Paul Gallen, XXXX Queensland Maroons Coach Kevin Walters and Captain Cameron Smith as well as the Hon NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Sport, Stuart Ayres.

    Mr Greenberg said the campaign was a creative platform which enabled everyone involved in the game, from players to fans, to share their Origin memories.

    Additionally, it was announced that long-time series sponsor Holden had extended its partnership with the event for the next two years.

    "Last year more than 220,000 people attended Origin while 12 million people watched the series across the country.

    "We want this game and this concept to reach as many people as possible and we want them all to share their own Origin memories this year.

    "Whether you're a player, a coach, a Blatchy Blue, or a farmer who travels from regional Queensland to watch the game, Origin is an event which brings people together and provides a spectacular like no other."

     

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    put ya phone away dick

    The Kiwis have come out with another strange television commercial to deter drivers from answering or reading text messages on their mobile phones whilst driving. I suppose anything that stops drivers having their attention diverted from the job at hand is a good thing.  -Greg.

     

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