From David's Desk
July 07 2006
Australian Radio Historian Hits the Road
Perth based radio historian Steve Savell embarks early July on a
12,000km quest to visit the most exclusive and secretive vintage
radio collections in five Australian states - and to collect the
special stories for a special DVD. Steve is already well known for
his unique Australian Vintage Wireless Medallion Collection,
featuring beautiful art deco era designs of Australia's rarest
vintage radio receivers.
Steve says 'I'll be visiting over 20 of Australia's most committed
vintage radio enthusiasts and viewing over 2500 receivers' and will
also interview on camera several of the remaining original designers
Behind Secret Walls And Doors
Everything vintage radio enthusiasts have ever wanted to know about
Australian vintage receivers, their designers and manufacturers and
about Australia's secretive top collectors will feature on the double
DVD collection. Behind the walls and doors, collectors will open up
their secrets, point out their favorites, explain the details of rare
models, tell tales and give you the tour you can't afford to miss!
Says Steve 'I'll cover the rise of vintage radio collecting in
Australia, the glory days of the 1990's Super Auctions, and take
viewers into the homes of the top collectors in Australia today. This
is access that's taken me years of negotiation to arrange, and you'll
never see anything like this anywhere again!'
Register Your Interest Today
Join Steve on his journey into the heartland of Australia's vintage
radio history and register your no obligation interest today in
obtaining your copy of this exclusive double DVD collection.
Steve is a guru about Australian vintage radio. He once moved into a
new home along with 31 tonnes of vintage radio parts and 4500 vintage
receivers. He says he's travelling light on this journey, but you can
bet he'll have some great stories to share afterwards! Enough to fill
two DVDs for you to enjoy.
Order your set of Steve's Australian vintage Wireless Medallions and see full color images of the entire set. Only 300 ever produced
and only a limited number still available and now at our new special
price for supporters of the Radio Heritage Foundation.
1932 AWA Fisk
Pacific News Links
For easy access to daily news about the Pacific region, we've added
some useful links on the left hand menu. These include RNZI and Radio Australia, both of
which also include audio streaming links. Pacific Islands Report from
the East West Center in Honolulu gathers the best of daily news from
around the region and has many useful links to other Pacific media.
Gerald Brown's e-broadcastnewsasia.com newsletter in Hong Kong covers
contemporary Asian broadcasting issues, Sydney based Radioinfo has
daily news about the Australian broadcasting industry and Auckland
based RadioScope covers the New Zealand radio and music industry.
Stars & Stripes covers events in the Asia & Pacific region for a US
Critical Distance and its associated blogs 'Critical Distance Weblog'
and 'What Caught My Eye' by Dutch based media guru and Radio Heritage Foundation board member
Jonathan Marks also offer a unique view of Pacific region
broadcasting issues from a global perspective.
We'll be regularly adding more news and radio broadcasting industry
links from around the region and hope you'll find them useful.
Long Lost Radio History Image
US Forces Broadcast Over 4QR Brisbane
During late 1943 and early 1944, a small detachment from the radio
section, US Special Services produced programs for American forces
and Australian civilian listeners over 4QR Brisbane.
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Pirate Radio Hauraki Book Competition
WIN the 'pirate' Radio Hauraki book competition
Entries close July 31 2006
It's 40 years since 'pirate' Radio Hauraki took to the New Zealand
airwaves, and to celebrate, we've got one copy of 'The Shoestring
Pirates' by Adrian Blackburn to give away. [Valued at US$90].
Just tell us the title of the first song played when 'pirate' Radio
Hauraki was 'born' in 1966. Hint, it's got two words, the second of
which is 'free' and is the title song to a movie of the same name
about a lioness that was a big hit for Matt Monroe in 1966.
Send us an email, and include Pirate Radio Hauraki in the
subject line, then your answer and your name and address in the body.
Competition open worldwide. One entry per person please. Entries close July 31
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WVTB Olympic Baseball - Christmas 1944
John G Dietrich, at 4QR, Brisbane 1943
© JG Dietrich Collection, courtesy Ruth Dietrich, Radio Heritage Foundation.
22 December 1944
Here's the longer letter I promised you in a V-Mail a few nights ago. Have a little news this time, too. Will get to that later.
Well, Monday is Christmas, and we have big things planned for the holidays. The festivities will start Sunday evening when we throw a big "Studio Party".
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The Pioneer Radio Voice of New Guinea, AFRS-2 and WVTB Nadzab
John G Dietrich, Radio Stations AFRS-2 and WVTB New Guinea
© John G Dietrich Collection, courtesy Ruth Dietrich, Radio Heritage Foundation.
WVTB New Guinea 1944
By John G Dietrich
The radio section of Special Services Division of United States Armed Forces in the Far East [USAAFFE] was organized in November 1943, at Brisbane, Australia, under direction of Capt. Hal Berger and Capt. [later Major] William Tidwell. Its first task was distribution of transcribed radio programs to Australian stations of the Australian Broadcasting Commission and independent stations for rebroadcast to the Australian public and American troops in that area.
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