At the time of writing, the 98five transmitter can broadcast about as far as Yanchep to the north, and Mandurah to the south. But for producer Leon, anything less than the moon simply wasn’t enough.
Sure, we could start easy, maybe set up a transmitter in regional WA, or perhaps interstate. But where’s the fun in that? When Leon heard about the NASA Catalyst program, the gears began to turn.
The program is all about looking for water on the moon, but that’s not the important part here. The rover is actually being operated by an external company, Astrobotic. To help fund the rover, they’ve opened the Moonbox program. Through this, space fans can purchase a small amount of space ON the rover, and send an item TO THE MOON!
Now, this sounds great until you see the price. a 1 inch by 1 inch capsule would set you back a cool $12,950 USD. Of course, this isn’t really a good use of 98five money. Luckily, a helpful internet citizen was on hand to help. This anonymous patron, who for the purposes of this story we’ll call Starman, had found himself with empty space in his capsule. His plan was to send a 1TB SD card of his own, but found he could fit two, so he generously gave away spots on the second card in 10MB chunks.
So, without further ado, it can now be confirmed that 98five’s Breakfast with Kirste and Dan is
PERTH’S ONLY MOON BASED RADIO SHOW!*
*mission scheduled to launch in 2023.
After securing a 10MB chunk, we sent in the brekky show promo audio you may have heard playing over the summer holidays. With this, we feel it’s only fit to now brand ourselves, as Perth’s, and possibly Australia’s only lunar resident radio show.
To hear how Kirste and Dan reacted to the news, check out the podcast below: