The Co-operative Global Radio Memories Project
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.
Editorial: Final Days 2015/2016
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.
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 IN ICELAND
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
An Aussie DJ on Iceland Radio
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.
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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.
“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.”
Editorial: Nautel Memorable Stories
Earlier this year Nautel in Nova Scotia, Canada became our first Content Partner.
We've just added two more stories from their collection. They're a great way to expand our story coverage into new areas and a must read for those of you who enjoy technical features. It's another aspect of radio memories and an important one!
Each story also has a direct signup for the Nautel Wave newsletter so you can find out more, maybe get some ideas for your own station and stay in touch with the latest news and information.
This month we add Australian Sky Sports Radio boosting their network, and Radio Veritas now serving South Africa on AM.
Check out the Nautel Memorable Stories links on the right hand column of any page of our project site, and enjoy our growing number of stories from Australia, Mexico, Denmark, South Africa, Cambodia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Hawaii and Canada. Just click on the ones of interest and you'll open a new feature page for each one!
Our thanks to Nautel for their ongoing support of this project to protect our global radio heritage memories.
Nautel Memorable Radio
Nautel & Radio Veritas Bring the Good News
Radio Veritas is no stranger to the South African broadcast landscape. Having started its operations in 1999, the radio station had to initially be content with running its broadcasts on a short-term basis on FM frequencies in the Johannesburg area. Considering that a potential Catholic audience of 3,500,000 could be targeted in South Africa, a longer term (and permanent) broadcast platform was sought to establish a permanent, easily accessible and identifiable location on the radio dial. Given the scarcity of FM frequencies in the metro areas, the station considered options for broadcasting on medium wave.
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Sky Sports Radio deploys 22 Nautel AM/FM Transmitters: 300 W – 12 kW
Sky Sports Radio network in Australia is deploying a new fleet of 22 Nautel AM and FM transmitters to
replace aging equipment in both metropolitan and regional transmitter sites. Ranging in power levels
from 300 watts to 12 kilowatts.
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Now we're almost 6 months into a new financial year, we have to do something about the dreaded 20/80 ratio... basically we have 80% of the funds needed until September 30 but we must bridge the missing 20% gap otherwise we'll record another loss for the year!
Popularity and Use are UP!
2YB New Plymouth NZ. 1948
Compared to this exact time a year ago visitor sessions are up 3.4%, users are up 2.1%, pageviews are up 1.7% and new users are slightly down at 81% while 19% are returning to enjoy us again.
China now Visitor Source #5
People come visit us from over 100 countries and the top 5 are now New Zealand, Australia, USA, UK and China replacing India from a year ago.
TIFC Faro del Caribe, Costa Rica. 1958
Donations this time last year covered all our costs but this year we're running almost 20% less. Please help us find the $A2,322 we still need by September 30 and so we can continue bringing you more stories and free services.
93 Regular Donations of $25
Just 93 people of the thousands who visit here each month donating $25 each will bridge the gap. Will you please be one of those 93? We'll add you to the Supporter Roll of Honor and thousands of people will thank you for keeping the project on track!
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The 2080 Campaign is now underway and your donation via our Paypal donate button will be acknowledged with thanks. All funds are used to meet our regular monthly overhead costs such as storage, utiliities and office service expenses. These are fixed for 5 years.
Our volunteers maintain the website, research and prepare the features and radio guides and continue their work on the new website and the Collective Access database projects for release later this year/early 2016. After more than 10 years we're still small and personal enough that each individual supporter is known by name!
You can make sure we continue keeping the radio memories safe..... thank you in advance for your donation to bridge the 2080 gap!
Radio Indonesia, Makassar, Dutch East Indies. 1949
Treasure found on Wake Island: Thousands of original vinyl records stored at old AFRTS site
By Capt. Amy Hansen, 11th Air Force Public Affairs / Published December 05, 2011
WAKE ISLAND AIRFIELD, Alaska -- In a tale straight from an adventure book, personnel stationed at Wake Island Airfield in the mid-Pacific recently stumbled upon a vinyl record collection with an estimated value between $90,000 and $250,000.
Master Sgt. John Solane, 611th Detachment 1 contracting quality assurance
specialist, looks at a Larry Gatlin and Gatlin Brothers Band album called “Sure Feels Like Love,” at
Wake Island Airfield, Aug. 30, 2011. The yellow sleeves in the cubbies around him contain
AFRTS-distributed records, which are copyrighted to protect the artists who gave the military
authorization to use their recordings overseas for free.
The 611th Air Support Group's Detachment 1 is now making a comprehensive effort to preserve
the nearly 9,000 vintage vinyl records and ship them to their rightful owner, the American
Forces Radio and Television Network in Alexandria, Va., according to Master Sgt. Jean-Guy
Fleury, infrastructure superintendent, who took over the project from the former Detachment
1 commander, Maj. Aaron Wilt.
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Nautel technology plays a key role in Canada’s only Green Radio Station
It’s an idyllic setting: crystal clear azure water; incredible natural beauty; fresh clean air; diverse wildlife; and
endless, pristine shoreline all on the largest freshwater island in the world. Beautiful Manitoulin Island, an
all-season retreat for tourists located in northern Ontario, is also the site of the first and only green radio
station in Canada.
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Nautel V10 is the Perfect Solution for Oahu Mountain-Top Facility
Since working in broadcasting from the mid-1960's, I’ve installed many transmitters across the US mainland.
Nautel has always been a favorite, based on my experience with previous Nautel installations that were
flawless and a real solution to past transmitter failures.
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This month after more than 10 years operation, a new Advisory Group was appointed by the board. Their role is basically to provide guidance to the board on many new emerging issues, such as making sure the new WordPress website and the new Collective Access database contribute positively towards the goal of making more radio heritage accessible and available to people the world over, and broadening the range of opinion the board can take into account in future decisions.
2KA Katoomba NSW, Australia
The 10 members initially appointed come from Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Netherlands and Sri Lanka and include people with a diverse range of experiences, viewpoints and opinions. A full list can be found here as well as a short background note on each person.
WBZ Boston MA, USA © David Ricquish Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
We have many challenges facing us, and opportunities, and I personally thank these new Advisory Group members for giving of their time and skills so freely to 'keeping the radio memories safe' and continuing to keep the project freely available to people the world over. The best is yet to come.
JOB-6 Radio Japan
You'll find some old favorites listed in the Top 10 stories from the past 4 years, and maybe discover some new ones. We've gone back into the vaults and decided to feature them again in August in case you missed some earlier or are just visiting for the very first time, so join us with these all time most popular stories from the project:
KMTH Crew. 1962. John T Humphrey Collection. Father, Jack T Humphrey was a newscaster at KMTH, May 1961-May 1963
Sony 5 Band
4: 2UW Sydney
9: 4IP Ipswich
2ZF Narranderra began broadcasting in 1922
Enjoy these features again in August and have fun discovering the many hundreds more you'll find listed on every page in our collections such as AFRS Memories, Asian Radio, Island Radio Pacific Style and Retro Radio... being just a few.
MoCI, Saudi Arabia Installs 30 Nautel 5+1 Configurations
The Ministry of Culture and Information (MoCI) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is utilizing Nautel’s
N+1 capabilities across 30 of its Saudi Private Radio FM sites. During 2010 they implemented a 5+1
configuration at each site for a total of 180 Nautel VS1, VS2.5, VS300 and NV5 transmitters – the
largest FM project in KSA.
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Nautel XR12 Transmitter Amazes with Quick, Four-Step Installation
Our Network, Bombo Radyo Philippines has acquired 11 Nautel units which includes XRs, NVs and NXs Series. The reason we bought Nautel is because “its time to join the digital age” [solid state and AUI technology].
But this story is about the Nautel XR12 transmitter. The reason why we choose Nautel XR12 against
other competing brand, (we have Sender and Harris in our Radio Network) is, its simplicity,
ease of use and the surprisingly super fast installation.
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Flag of Niue © www.gov.nu
Today, we’re going 2,500 kilometers north of Auckland to the Savage Island, the Rock of
Polynesia, or as it's more widely known... Niue.
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Hello, I'm David Ricquish in the Wellington studios of Radio New Zealand International and today we continue our look at the changing Pacific... and in particular at how it's becoming increasingly more urbanized... and how today's radio is much less laid back than you might imagine.
Anse Vata beach in Noumea © TNC
According to some experts, the population of the Pacific island countries will grow to reach 15 million by 2035, and this could mean that some 190 thousand people are added every year... which is like adding a complete Samoa every 52 weeks.
That's a scary thought, and when you next look at a travel brochure from the islands, its worth thinking about
how many tropical beaches could get swallowed up in the next 20 years...
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Hello, I'm David Ricquish in the Wellington studios of Radio New Zealand International and today we're going to have a look at the changing Pacific... and in particular at how it's becoming increasingly more urbanized... and how radio today is much less laid back than you might imagine.
Aerial view of Suva © Pacific.scoop.co.nz
When we think of the Pacific, we usually think of relaxing holidays, tropical
beaches, soft trade winds and the quiet roar of the surf to lull us to sleep...
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Get something back for your donation this month! We've been doing some early spring cleaning and have books, CDs, original Radio Hauraki memorabilia and postcards.. all very limited numbers... and they must go in return for donations towards our project. Radio Hauraki 'Fresh Pacific Wind' CD for example just A$45 including worldwide air shipping
and "Voices in the Air" the classic history of broadcasting in NZ and a brilliant introduction to early NZ radio just A$25 including free shipping within NZ
Support the Radio Heritage Foundation by buying this exciting, informative and beautifully illustrated
book 'Australian Radio History' for our special price:
$A44.95 includes airmail shipping worldwide
Australian Broadcaster goes Green on the Air Waves with a Nautel NVLT Transmitter
An independent broadcaster in Victoria, Australia, has taken a green leap of faith and installed the world’s most eco-friendly
transmitter in its class.
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Radio Pretoria Chooses Nautel VS2.5 for Sound Quality, Reliability, Robustness and Remote Control via the AUI
Radio Pretoria is a community radio station broadcasting from the capitol of South Africa. The station operates a network consisting of 10 transmitters. On the 19th of September 2012, the same day that Radio Pretoria turned 19 years old, Vaughan Taylor from Taylor Engineering installed a Nautel VS2.5 FM transmitter at their ‘Kleinfontein’ site close to Pretoria.
The station had recently updated its program schedule and was looking to improve its sound to match the new ‘image’ of
the type of content it aired. “Luckily” says Station Manager, Fred Maree “with the new VS2.5 the sound is not only good,
it is now GREAT!”
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PiliPili Media Chooses Nautel VS Series Transmitters: Here's Why…
The story of PiliPili began about a year back when the PiliPili media board directors sought a systems integration company to set up their proposed studios and transmission facilities in the port town of Mombasa, Kenya. The search led to the appointment of Frame x Frame Productions - a Nairobi based audio Systems Integration company as system contractors one chilly June morning in 2011 and the wheels of the project began to grind in earnest… resulting in a big switch on to PILIPILI FM 99.5 in Mombasa and 92.5 in Malindi in early March 2012. Both went on air with Nautel transmitter units from the VS Series, a 2.5 kW for Mombasa and a 1.0 kW for Malindi…both feeding Shively Antenna model 6812B HP Systems.
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FEBCambodia Selects GV10 for its High Efficiency and Reliability
Family FM 99.5, located in Phnom Penh is happy to be the first station in Cambodia
to install one of Nautel’s new GV line of transmitters. FEBC International association
member FEBCambodia, working with the support of FEBC’s International Support Team
chose the new GV line primarily because of its high efficiency.
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Donations for this financial year [2014/2015] are 22% behind where they need to be to keep radio memories safe.....
© Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
Please make sure the memories are kept safe and help fund the $160 a day needed with:
All donations are recognized on the Roll of Honor. All donations of $5 or greater are tax deductible for New Zealand residents.
Thank you for helping keep the radio memories safe.
And now a few words....
We're moving after 10 years...... moving to Freeparking, a part of the Web Farm group, based in New Plymouth [New Zealand]..... and we're especially delighted that they've agreed to continue the sponsored hosting arrangement we previously enjoyed with 2day.
Importantly, they'll move us to a Linux web server later this year when we're ready to upgrade and introduce WordPress and our Collective Access database.
We're grateful to Peter Mott, founder of 2day who offered us free hosting a decade ago, and has been one of the silent supporters making this website part of this global radio memories project possible.
This week we also welcome Open Air Cinema as the national radio partner of the popular New Zealand Radio Guide.
Urs Bauer and his Warkworth based team travel nationwide bringing open air cinema to many events and special screenings using LPFM as their means of audio. Urs uses the NZ Radio Guide to avoid clashes with existing LPFM stations wherever Open Air Cinema is setting up a Drive In cinema. We're delighted to have you on board and continue our association with you Urs. Like and connect with them at www.facebook.com/OpenairNZ.
Finally this week, Nautel has joined us from Nova Scotia in Canada as our first ever Content Partner.
Nautel is well known worldwide for making AM & FM transmitters and they've got many stories to share with us about the communities served by the AM & FM radio stations that use their equipment.
Nautel delivered the first ever commercial solid state transmitter 45 years ago, paving the way for the end of using tubes, and a major development in modern broadcasting. We'll have a regular series of Nautel Memorable Radio features and share their inside stories with you...enjoy them!
We celebrate our 10th year online in 2015, and acknowledge Freeparking, Open Air Cinema and Nautel who have joined us at this stage of our journey. Stay tuned!
We hope to bring you more good news in the near future, and remind you all that it's supporters like you who generously give towards our overhead costs each week and make this global radio heritage project possible. We still need regular donations from as many people as possible to spread the burden on existing sponsors.
Please join us this week with your donation and be part of the team as we enter our second decade of keeping the radio memories safe for you.
MIX FM’S VS300 Going Strong
Danish Radio Returns to Long Wave Transmission
Nautel NX50-LW transmitter replaces two old 300 kW tube transmitters
After a four year absence from long wave transmission, Danish Radio (DR) returned to this frequency band in 2011 using a Nautel NX50-LW transmitter. Programs that were previously transmitted on a medium wave frequency are now carried on 243 kHz.
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Community Fundraising Secures New NVlt Transmitter for Youth Radio Station
Fresh 92.7 FM of Adelaide, Australia, is more than just a radio station. Dedicated to educating, empowering and entertaining Adelaide’s young community, Fresh likes to think of itself as an identity and culture that the local youth can call their own. And, Fresh stays true to its community roots with the station relying on a team of dedicated and passionate young volunteers.
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Nautel Customer Stories from Mexico
Max Corona, an engineering manager in Colima, Mexico wrote in to tell us about his two Nautel J1000's, a V5 transmitter and his recent purchase of two VS2.5 transmitters.
Previous to purchasing Nautel’s solid state transmitters, I installed transmitters with bulbs, which created a lot of problems with repairs and working at high voltages. These days it’s different and my story with Nautel has been excellent. Imagine my surprise when I received the Nautel Jazz 1000 solid state transmitter without transformers, without bulbs, a quiet, clean operation and very few problems. We have two J1000 transmitters, both purchased in December, 2006 and located at XEMAX and XERL transmitter stations in Tecomán and Colima respectively.
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Hawaiian islands from a Hawaii Visitors Bureau ad in 1960
It's now easy to find every Hawaiian radio station. Use our new Hawaii Radio Guide to discover the many sounds of radio found throughout the islands of Hawaii today.
When on vacation in the islands, use this handy guide to find the music, entertainment and information that you need.
Hawaii Public Radio uses this site overlooking Honolulu to bring HPR1 and HPR2 to many listeners
In most cases. explore their websites and listen live to their programs in your own home or on your mobile device anywhere in the world. Outside the USA, some stations may geo-block you for copyright reasons.
Traditional or contemporary Hawaiian music, reggae and island music, rock, pop, religious and mellow music, local news and talk, local and national sports, programs in Filippino, Japanese and Korean.....the variety of radio stations on these islands is truly amazing.
Old timer KGU Honolulu is still found at 760 AM
Bring the year round sounds of Hawaii into your life with the Hawaii Radio Guide, the latest addition to our series of radio guides. Start discovering Hawaii here and share the Hawaii Radio Guide with your friends on Facebook today.
The affordable way to show your support. Bonus partnerships also include other features covering the same area: eg the Hawaii partnership currently includes Art of Radio Hawaii, OWI Hawaii and Blue Hawaii Retro Radio Guide 1961 features.
Partnerships offering bonus features are marked * Series currently included are Long Lost Australian Radio Stars, Kiwi Radio, AFRS Radio, Retro Radio Guides and Island Radio/Pacific Style features. Additional features can be added at any time.
These affordable partnerships offer radio stations something back in return for their support of the project and our Radio Guides series.
Have a look at the countries and cities where visitors have come from at the start of 2015.
We've been testing responsiveness of Facebook promotions, and this has resulted in hundreds of fresh Pacific faces checking us out from Fiji, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Marshall Islands and Guam.
Now we've added Fiji to our Top 10 visitor sources at the start of the year.
KKMP Saipan in the Northern Marianas is
heard on 92.1 FM and 1440 AM
We can do more with targeted promotions on Facebook, but we don't have the money to do continue to do it.
For now, if we receive more than the $450 we need each month to cover our operating costs, we'll put up to $150 into a new promotional fund to extend our promotions on Facebook.
We're pleased to see people in places like Papua New Guinea, Norfolk Island, Guam, Solomon Islands and Tonga responding to Facebook. As we said earlier, it's an affordable new way to reach people where we least expected to find an interest in the global radio memories project.
You can help us reach out to the Pacific by making a donation to us today and we can start telling the stories to thousands of fresh Pacific faces. Thank you for making it possible to share these stories with a wider audience.
We enter 2015 and the 10th year of this global radio memories project. When it began, there was no such thing as Facebook, which has become a new way of sharing memories, comments and information and engaging fresh faces.
But a long term project like this one needs to keep all the content searchable, easy to access, and not locked away behind the wall of a restricted group. That’s what we still regard as the heart of what we do, making the stories, photos and other material freely available to the community. Watch this space in 2015.
But we would be silly to ignore the power of Facebook and so we’ve been using it for a year or so to learn more about it. We’ve noticed some interesting differences between the people who visit our website and the people who follow us on Facebook. We’ll share some of that information with you because we think it shows how the interest and engagement with this project will grow in the future and where it will come from.
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The countries ranked 7-13 in Facebook are very different than our current website users and show Asia-Pacific as being more important to us in the future especially India and Indonesia, while both Argentina and Brazil will also be important. This will have to be reflected in our radio heritage content as we move forward.
We’ll use a combination of the website and Facebook to reach and engage with everyone and strike the right balance as we enter our second decade of service. You can also help by making a donation to keep radio memories free for all..........thank you to every one involved in making it happen. Enjoy.
It's been good to thank our financial supporters team recently for their hard work and generosity to keep funds flowing so we can continue keeping radio memories safe and share more ephemera from our growing collections.
NBC Gulf has this sign outside their studios in Papua New Guinea
You can join the financial supporter team right now for as little as $5. You'll see the options on the right hand side of every page, including gifting little and often.
You'll also see the Roll of Honor where we publicly acknowledge the good people who gift to keep this crowd funded project on track. Many are now moving up higher the Roll of Honor, and every $1 gifted allows 2 people to access the features and services on this website completely free.
We'd love to welcome you today.
We're pleased to tell you all that New Zealand based grant funder Pub Charity has approved a recent grant to the Radio Heritage Foundation.
Radio Sutatenza sticker © Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
The grant is for the first part of a staged upgrading of operational technology and digital storage facilities. It's the third grant received from Pub Charity, though none are used for weekly operational costs which are funded by supporters in many countries.
4SS sticker © Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
"We're delighted that this community based funder has agreed to help us upgrade some of our technology and provide initial secure storage for key digital data' says David Ricquish, chairman of the Radio Heritage Foundation.
It's part of a series of operational upgrades planned for the coming months, allowing the trust to continue to do its work protecting and promoting radio broadcasting heritage for a growing world wide audience who use the hundreds of features and services for free at www.radioheritage.net.
KTNN sticker © Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
"We're unique in that we're a world class heritage project that just happens to be based in New Zealand" adds Mr Ricquish. "It's also great that so many Kiwis already use us for finding out more about radio in New Zealand. This grant will help us do more to tell Kiwi stories and protect Kiwi radio memorabilia" he also said.
Radio has always been borderless. Interconnections between countries and cultures are immense, and the Radio Heritage Foundation is funded by supporters in many countries. It receives no government grants or support from the mainstream radio industry.
This independence comes at a cost, but after 10 years online, backed by many thousands of items of original radio memorabilia, 'grants like this from Pub Charity and increasing visitors to our project website confirm we're on the right track' says Mr Ricquish.
RTL sticker © Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
This card was issued to listeners confirming reception of ZCO for over a decade © David Ricquish Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
Queen Salote officially opens ZCO in July 1961
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