GREY nomad Brian Pearson was lucky to be in Hervey Bay to shake hands and get an autograph from iconic Australian radio announcer Ian 'Macca' McNamara on Thursday.   

Mr Pearson, 71, has been listening to Macca on Sunday mornings for the past 20 years.   

Signing his newest album at Mary Ryan's, Macca was visiting the Bay as part of a tour around Australia.   

Macca has been sharing the stories of people from all walks of life on the radio since 1982.     

"Today I met a lady from Hervey Bay who used to walk in the mist of Bunya Mountain many years ago, and while she can't walk as well anymore, she told me she does it in her heart," Macca said. 

 Macca said he had a lot of listeners from the Fraser Coast and he would love to do a live broadcast from the Esplanade one day.   

Sisters Doreen Paterson and Joan Voysey, who joined nearly 100 other fans, were super excited to get together and meet the man they so dearly admire.    

"We listen to him every Sunday and just love him," Joan said.   

Stories shared on Macca's program

- A lady called in to say she had a brown snake in her bed for three days

- Eric, 10, called in to tell Macca he lives on a boat

- A little girl called in and played her trombone     



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