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PAL September 2018 Update

Bruce Portzer's Pacific Asia Listeners Guide has been updated to the September 2018 edition.

You can browse the on-line database version, or download a PDF copy, from the Our Radio Guides sidebar or our Radio Guides page.

Lure of the Trail
Programme No. 2: Hanmer Springs
NZ Department of Tourist & Publicity, 1939

Record

In the late 1930s the New Zealand Department of Tourist and Publicity produced a series of radio programmes to encourage New Zealanders to holiday within New Zealand rather than travelling overseas.

 > read more & listen to rare audio

2UW Sydney Australia
A Video Tribute to the 1960s NEW-UW
The Swingin' Sound of Sydney

A tribute to Sydney radio station 2UW and its dee-jays during the late 60's.
Published by old45s on YouTube.


 > Read more about the history of 2UW in our feature The Station All Australia Knows

KOST 103.5 FM
The "Inside" Story
A Video Tour from 1989

It's back to the 80's for this Mark and Kim hosted video written and produced by then KOST Program Director Jhani Kaye. This video gives listeners an inside look at how radio works. Originally distributed for free by Warehouse Music. KOST 103.5 has won all the major radio awards for programming and personalities in it's 30 year history.
Published by Mark Wallengren on YouTube.


Rare Audio From The 1980s
Lee Baby Simms: Last Day of Top 40 on KORL 65, Honolulu

In 1980, Honolulu radio station KORL 65 switched from a long period of colorful personalities playing Top 40 hits, staging outrageous stunts, and giving away cash and prizes in complex contests -- to a computerized (disc jockey-less) system playing Big Band music of the 1940s and '50s. On the last day of Top 40 programming, each of the disc jockeys on "KORL, the Station That Makes You Feel Good" said goodbye in distinctive fashion -- none more distinctively than afternoon host Lee Baby Simms. He had recorded his final bit, on a small cassette tape recorder, at home earlier that day. Just before 7 p.m., he held the speaker of the cassette player up to the main studio microphone and hit "play." While it's possible that he was not smoking pakalolo as he recorded these stream of consciousness ramblings, it is highly unlikely.
Published by Chas Henry on YouTube.


 > Read more about the history of radio in Hawaii in our features Art of Radio Hawaii © and Blue Hawaii, Elvis and Hawaiian Radio in 1961

Rare Film From The 1930s
3BA Ballarat - The Voice of the Garden City

A glimpse into early Australian broadcasting, with a tour through Ballarat station 3BA, "The Voice of the Garden City", then broadcasting on 1320 kc/s with 500W of power.
Published by Conniptions886 on YouTube.


 > Read more about the history of 3BA in our feature 3BA Ballarat

4CA History
1950s Inspection Reports

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4CA logos © radioinfo.com.au

Read historical reports of Broadcasting Station Inspections carried out by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board on 4CA's 1950s locations in Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia.

 > read more...

Rare Film Featuring AFRS Station VU2ZN, Ledo, 1944

Silent U.S. War Department Bureau of Public Relations film no. 1205.
A sign on a building in this film indicates that this is station VU2ZN, an AFRS station in Ledo. National Archives description: "A soldier-broadcaster selects records from a phonograph library. A band and a vocalist perform in a broadcasting room. Several song-and-dance teams perform before U.S. troops at an overseas base during a U.S.O. show."


 > Read more about VU2ZN and other AFRS stations in our feature AFRS Along the Ledo Road

What's in the Air?
A Radio Hunt
Westbury Enthusiast's Catch
America, Sydney, New Zealand

"What's in the air?" This question by one Westbury wireless enthusiast to another provoked a radio hunt on Saturday night. It showed to what lengths amateurs may now go, and that even the remotest part of the world is no longer isolated, but, on the other hand, one may "be in several other places at the same time."

Early Westbury

Before the Days of Radio.
Postcard, c1900, showing the villgae green and St Andrew's Church, Westbury (Tasmaniana Library, SLT)
© Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies

The fascination of wireless lies, not only in the excellent programmes broadcasted regularly every night by the broadcasting companies. Equally, if not more interesting, is the reception of numerous amateurs, who transmit all varieties of music from gramophones, player pianos, etc...

 > read more

Long Lost Radio History Images:
XWRA On The Air

XWRA On The Air

© Collection of William Casson
Radio Heritage Foundation

William Casson writes:

The above picture, from the Army Signal Corp, shows my dad, we believe, sitting at the table. He served in Merrill's Mauraders on the Burma Road Campaign. He was later sent to Shanghai to set up a radio station. He claimed that he was the first American to enter resulting in the Japanese general in charge surrendering to him. He became part of organizing the triumphant entry of Chiang Kai Shek. His name was Harry G. Casson, Jr.

Lure of the Trail
Programme No. 1: National Park
NZ Department of Tourist & Publicity, 1939

Record

In the late 1930s the New Zealand Department of Tourist and Publicity produced a series of radio programmes to encourage New Zealanders to holiday within New Zealand rather than travelling overseas.

 > read more & listen to rare audio

Australian Radio Calls 1926

We have been sent a publication listing Australian Radio Calls from 1926...

 > read more

Long Lost Radio History Images:
WKLI Fukuoka 1946

Jeff Klepper writes:

My late father, Larry Klepper, served in the US Army Air Corps, 1945-46, and he worked at WKLI in Fukuoka toward the end of 1946. That's him, standing, in this photo. (Don't know the identity of the other fellow.)

Larry Klepper WKLI

© Collection of Jeff Klepper
Radio Heritage Foundation

Wally Coxon and the First Broadcast Station in the West

In common with other early broadcasters, the engineering staff at 6WF were concerned about unreliable night-time reception - with broadcast signals subject, at times, to fading and/or distortion every few minutes beyond 50-100 miles (80-180km) from the transmitter. Depending on the season, prevailing conditions and transmission wavelength, such effects could limit the dependable night-time range of medium wave stations, in particular, to less than their daytime coverage.

image of Listener confirmation card from 6WF Wanneroo in 1934. 5kW, 690kc, © Eric Shackle Collection, Radio Heritage 
Foundation.

Listener confirmation card from 6WF Wanneroo in 1934. 5kW, 690kc.
© Eric Shackle Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation.

Keen to collect and correlate data in their own environment, Wally says that 6WF staff organised two transportable listening centres which could be set up, typically 300 yards apart, in any available level field. By way of communication, both teams were equipped with a hurricane lamp which could be turned up or down in brightness as the signal strength varied.

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World Record!
Bruce Carty on 2CCC FM

2CCC logo

2CCC logo © Radio Heritage Foundation, Bruce Carty collection

In September 1993 DJ Bruce Carty on 2CCC-FM made an attempt on the world record for continous broadcasting by one DJ.

 > read more

Nautel Memorable Radio
WFMT

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WFMT Chicago Commences HD Radio™ Broadcasting with Nautel NV40

A fine-arts station since its debut, WFMT-FM Chicago has always had a reputation for classical music and utmost audio quality. Station engineers once designed their own audio processors because nothing on the commercial market was acceptable to them, nor did they air commercials on tape cartridges.

 > read more

Nautel Memorable Radio
WMTB-LP

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Timely and Meticulous Tech Support gets VS300LP On-Air after Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma knocked out a ton of radio stations in Florida, some with serious issues keeping them off the air for going on a week after the storm. My little FM survived quite well by comparison, but did go off the air for what was initially an audio loss. It was accompanied by the internet connection at the transmitter site shutting down, and remaining down until five days after mother nature spent her fury in Florida.

 > read more

Lure of the Trail
Programme No. 7: Christchurch
NZ Department of Tourist & Publicity, 1939

Record

In the late 1930s the New Zealand Department of Tourist and Publicity produced a series of radio programmes to encourage New Zealanders to holiday within New Zealand rather than travelling overseas.

 > read more & listen to rare audio

PAL November 2017 Update

Bruce Portzer's Pacific Asia Listeners Guide has been updated to the November 2017 edition.

You can browse the on-line database version, or download a PDF copy, from the Our Radio Guides sidebar or our Radio Guides page.

The Pacific Ramblers
Live on KTOH, Kauai, Hawaii
March/April 1945

In 1945 the band the Pacific Ramblers were entertaining listeners on radio station KTOH, located in Kauai, Hawaii.

Pacific Ramblers on KTOH

The Pacific Ramblers performing on KTOH
© Collection of Dale Halleron
Radio Heritage Foundation



 > read more & listen to rare audio

KTOH Kauai Under Musical Attack

image of Hawaii Radio Station KIPA letterhead

Kauai, Hawaii, 1945

Local newspapers report that local radio station KTOH is under attack! No, the attack is not coming from the Japanese, but from local musicians...

 > read more

Nautel Memorable Radio
A Tight Squeeze of an Install at K-LOVE

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A Tight Squeeze of an Install at K-LOVE

Jack Roland, EMF K-LOVE/Air1 Engineer, shared with us some great photos from the delivery of his Nautel GV40 HD transmitter to the K-LOVE Mt. Chief, CO, facility. It was a tight installation; he only had 31" to work with!

 > read more

RNZI
Our International Voice on Shortwave Radio

WIRELESS WAVES TO THE WORLD

Our International Voice
by Bob Edlin

JANUARY 24, 1990. In Auckland, the Commonwealth Games would open and Kiwis would be preparing to run, jump, swim, peddle... whatever.., in competition against athletes from around the globe. In Wellington, a small team of broadcasters would be making their own preparations. They would be setting out in pursuit of international competitors who had left them far behind in the race to spread influence and foster goodwill in the South Pacific.

That was the day Radio New Zealand International – with a new, much more powerful transmitter and $1.1 million a year from the Ministry of External Relations and Trade – began broadcasting an expanded programme.

 > read more

Australian Radio Advertising Bureau
Instant Ideas No. 4

Travel back in time to the Australian mediumwave band in the early 1970s with the commercials from this 7" sampler record produced by the Australian Radio Advertising Bureau.

QSL card from 2AY
© Radio Heritage Foundation, Chris Mackerell collection

Listen to 1970s commercials from 5RM, 2AY, 2DU, 4RO, 6PR, 2NX, 4AK, 2GO, 2QN, and 2AY, then read more about the history of some of these stations on our website, or see details of the modern stations in our Australian Radio Guide.

 > read more

Update

Our Chairman, David Ricquish, is currently recovering from major health issues.

During his recovery our website may not be updated as frequently as normal, but rest assured, the Radio Heritage Foundation is still here and intends to remain so.

To reduce David's workload while he recovers we have arranged a temporary alternative postal address for large, heavy donations, such as collections of QSL cards, books, LP records etc.

Please send such donations to:

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Chris, our webmaster, will process these donations while David recovers.

Normal postal items such as letters, cheque donations etc, can continue to be sent to our current Newtown, Wellington, address.

Please note that it may be some time before we can respond to our normal email address as usual.

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to your on-going support.

Clippings From The Archives

From our New Zealand radio archives we present a selection of items, mainly LPFM-related, that have appeared in the New Zealand press in years gone by.

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American Ambassadors of the Airwaves
Midwest East North Central

Great Seal of the USA

Great Seal of the USA

USA greetings stamps © www.theus50.com

USA map

© www15.uta.fi

The most powerful and influential AM broadcasters of this region are essentially represented by the cities of Chicago, Cincinnati and Cleveland with a slight touch of Detroit.

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Editorial: Final Days 2015/2016

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We are a small non-profit organization doing what we can to protect, preserve and promote what we call 'radio heritage' or things, memories and places associated with radio broadcasting. This website is a very small window into our global project.

Sometimes we fail. Like when the original studios of 3ZB Christchurch NZ recently burned down in an arson attack. We tried to get people interested to do something to make future use of the building from the 1930s, but ran into the brick walls of no interest and no money, made worse by damage in the earthquake of 2011.

Old 3ZB building burning

© Hamish Evans via Facebook

In these final days before the current financial year ends on March 31, we have raised over 90% of the budgeted costs we pay others. We get no funding from any government or broadcasting networks anywhere in the world. Unpaid volunteers do all the work as time permits. A small group of people in New Zealand, Australia, USA, and Europe make irregular donations to our costs...... without them we would have closed down years ago and much memorabilia destroyed, lost or forgotten.

If you're using one of our radio guides today or enjoying one of the hundreds of features prepared by our volunteers, would you make a donation towards the 10% of funding still needed by March 31:

We'll be pleased to add you to our Roll of Honor this month, and you'll be pleased to see more radio heritage protected, preserved and promoted by our project. You'll be helping us keep the memories alive, even after the studios of stations like 3ZB are long gone.

And there are thousands of stations and many thousands more people who worked in them for almost a century now remaining to be remembered.

On behalf of many long forgotten voices, thank you.

Iceland State Broadcast Service

Broadcast building

BROADCAST IN ICELAND

CONSTITUTION:

The Iceland State Broadcast Service was established in the year 1930. Its offices and studios are in Reykjavik, occupying the fourth and fifth floors of the Telephone and Broadcast Building. It is conducted entirely by the State as an independent establishment, under the control of the Ministry of Education. It is directed by a General Director. The programs are supervised by a Program Council, consisting of five members chosen by the Althing (The Icelandic Legislative Assembly), promptly after each general election The Minister of Education appoints one of them Chairman.

 > read more

An Aussie DJ on Iceland Radio

Icelandic flag © Wiki

By Bruce Carty

After spending Christmas and New Year in London at 23 years of age, I visited Heathrow airport in 1973, purely for something to do. Two hours after arriving at Heathrow, I was on a plane to Iceland.
I first visited a local family on Vestmannaeyjar Island off the South coast of Iceland (I had earlier met them in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia, where they were holidaying). Two days later I was hurriedly evacuated back to the mainland due to the Heimsey volcano eruption, which destroyed half the town.

 > read more

7SD's Sunpolisher Club gave cousins a chance to star

By Mike Vanderkelen

Like one of more than 100 listener clubs which mushroomed during Australian radio’s golden era, the Sunpolishers Club was a “must listen to” program on Radio 7SD Scottsdale says former ABC Tasmania radio journalist Brad Saunders who, like several of his cousins, was not only a Club member but sang on air.

7SD QSL 1954

7SD Scottsdale Tasmania issued this card to a New Zealand listener for reception in 1954, the year the station officially opened. © Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

“I recall my first time on radio doing a slightly squiffy version of “This Old Man he played One” in the 1950s before I was introduced to a Nagra tape recorder and the business of interviewing people for a living on radio.”

 > read more

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