Before 4ZZ could start broadcasting in 1975, a transmitter was ordered from the U.S. But after it was lost on the dock in New York, 4ZZ's chief engineer at the time Ross Dannecker built the station's first transmitter.
Dick Desert was born on a dis-used chicken farm near Warwick, Queensland, the first and only offspring to a couple of hillbilly weed growers by the names of Gladys and Vernon Desert. He now plays country punk music.
His live shows have been critically acclaimed as well as crowd talking points at such music events as the Edinburgh Festival, Big Day Out, Woodford Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Valley Fiesta, Dreaming Festival & the Nimbin Mardi Grass. His past recordings have made local and national independent radio number 1 listings including features on local and national TV as well as shocking and amusing audiences in Europe & the US.
His most recent recordings fuse classic elements of traditional outlaw country music with modern low brow DIY punk rock and blues. Dick Desert will soon release these recording in 2012 under the name A Truckers Missus Opera.