THE first time Yeppoon's Richard Vanhoff met Hamish Blake the comedy star gave him a big hug.
That meeting took place in the corridor of Rockhampton's Hot FM studio on Wednesday, but of course it wasn't the first time they'd ever spoken.
Richard has been a regular guest on the radio show hosted by Hamish and Andy ever since the local island and resort specialist agreed to help them acquire "The People's Island".
Hamish and Andy contacted Richard in January when they first decided to lease an island, and since then he has been appearing on-air with them every few weeks. Richard described Hamish and Andy as very-easy going, natural guys.
"Off-air, I found them to be the same as they are on-air," he said. "They're very relaxing … as you see them is as they are."
Richard lived on Hamilton Island for 17 years.
Since moving to Yeppoon and getting involved in real estate, Richard has sold a number of islands, including Great Keppel Island, Pumpkin Island and Long Island.