In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Jeff Wright, costumed as a seahorse, rocks with a fake guitar, Saturday, July 8, 2017, during the Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. (Bob
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Jeff Wright, costumed as a seahorse, rocks with a fake guitar, Saturday, July 8, 2017, during the Underwater Music Festival in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Big Pine Key, Fla. (Bob

Radio Station Broadcasts Underwater In Fla. Keys

A local radio station's broadcast underwater in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary on Saturday attracted about 400 divers and snorkelers who listened to music and announcements advocating reef preservation.

The Lower Keys Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key Reef, part of the world's third-largest living coral barrier reef, featured four hours of music custom-programmed by station WWUS for subsea listening.

"We have a captive audience down there," said Bill Becker, the event's co-founder, and the station's news director. "We have divers and snorkelers listening to public service announcements about reef preservation, coral reef etiquette, and diver awareness.

"It's things that they can do to lessen their impact on the coral reef,”  Becker told Associated Press.

The novel four-hour broadcast included a playlist featuring the themes from “The Little Mermaid,” and “Flipper,” the Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden,” and “Atlantis” by Donovan.

 

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