From David's Desk
November 25 2005
Art of Radio Japan Exhibition - Dec 1 2005 to Feb 28 2006
Japan Information & Cultural Centre,
© Radio Heritage Foundation
100 Willis Street, Wellington,
Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm.
An exhibition of over 50 rare and fascinating radio artworks from
local Japanese radio stations heard in New Zealand since the early
1930's. Some of the original items also form the basis of the online exhibition.
A children's art competition is scheduled for January 17 - February 17
2006 [open to New Zealand residents aged 15 and under only]. Entries
to be sent to 'Art of Radio Japan Competition', PO Box 14339,
Hosted by the Embassy of Japan in
association with the Radio Heritage Foundation and supported by
Creative Communities Wellington.
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Wall Mural Find Tells AFRS India Story
Have you or your family ever been involved with the AFRS stations
in China-Burma-India during or just after WWII? We'd love to hear
from you today.
VU2ZP Bangalore mural, 1945
© Arthur James Tracy Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
Here's a wonderful photo taken in 1945 of a mural hanging on the
wall of VU2ZP Bangalore, India. The mural depicts a map of India and
Ceylon, with an AFRS banner and VU2ZP callsign. Just one of the great
finds from our recent call for memorabilia from these stations.
How many more photos, booklets, memories and more may be in your
basement or attic, or that of a relative? Please help us remember
those who served in these almost 50 AFRS stations, and their
audiences from Karachi to Kandy, from Bangalore to Beijing.
VR6AC Pitcairn Island Ham Shack
Pitcairn Island is well known for its amateur radio broadcasts for
VR6AC Floyd McCoy, Pitcairn Island 1956.
© Luis Marden, National Geographic Magazine. December 1957.
Radio Heritage Foundation Collection.
Coming up in Adrian Peterson's latest column, on-line soon, is more
about broadcasting on Pitcairn, including shortwave music and news
relays from California in the 1930's.
As well, deep in our vaults we've found images of the shortwave
station established on the island by the Royal NZ Airforce in WWII.
We'll dust them off shortly.
In the meantime, here's a very rare photo of Floyd McCoy, VR6AC,
broadcasting from his ham shack at Adamstown on Pitcairn in 1956.
Floyd broadcast Tuesdays and Saturdays at 0700 GMT [UTC].'
Column: Reminiscing with a Radio
Extremely rare images of 'The Voice of PITC' radio station, and ZKG
Radio Pitcairn from the personal collection of Adrian Peterson are
highlights of this exciting story of radio broadcasting from Pitcairn
Radio to the Rescue - On the Rocks
In the era before World War 2, our planet was just awakening to the fact that the new medium of shortwave radio possessed the capability of instantaneously communicating with the ends of the earth. With the rapidity of international electronic communication, attention could be drawn to the plight of peoples in desperate need, and it really did happen just that way.
The Voice of PITC. Adamstown, Pitcairn Island. 1938.
© Adrian Peterson Collection, AWR.
> read more
When Japan formally surrendered in 1945, several mobile units of the
AFRS were reportedly already on Kyushu. These were the same mobile
units that had previously broadcast throughout the island hopping
campaign from as far south as the Solomon Islands and New Guinea, had
then served in the Philippines, and were now on mainland Japan.
> read more
FEN Itazuke Listener Confirmation Card.
© Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation
New Radio Heritage Partner
We're pleased to welcome Adventist World Radio as a Radio Heritage partner. Adventist World Radio is the international radio broadcast arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
> read more
Column: Reminiscing with a Radio
Radio to the Rescue - Lost in China!
It was back during the tumultuous events in Asia in the era immediately prior to the Pacific War. A famous Chinese dramatic soprano, Louise Kwan, was married to a professor at the Nanking University in China. He was granted the opportunity of postgraduate study at the Cornell University > read more
Images in Adrian's first two columns have been updated.
Katrina on Shortwave
Radio to the Rescue Part One
KFSG Los Angeles Part 6
The hard times of the Great Depression years put a strain on nearly everyone in the United States. There are some writers who claim that the popularity of Aimee Semple McPherson diminished during the 1930s, but that's not really true. Yes, the curiosity and media frenzy that attracted many to Angelus Temple and KFSG broadcasts early on from 1924-1928 had come to an end. But Aimee's church services still drew large crowds of her faithful believers...
> read more
KFSG Towers 1920s
© Jim Hilliker Collection