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New Zealand

Feature Station 2YD Wellington

In 1937, the move from private radio to state regulated radio in New Zealand was gathering pace with the creation of a National Commercial Broadcasting Service now competing directly with the National Broadcasting Service...

258

New Zealand

2ZB Wellington Personalities

On April 28 1937, radio station 2ZB of the National Commercial Broadcasting Service began broadcasting to Wellington from atop Mt Victoria, overlooking New Zealand’s capital city. The studios were located in the Hope Gibbons Building on Dixon Street. The frequency was 1120kc on the medium wave dial...

257

Japan/NZ

Art of Amateur Radio Japan

Quartz Hill Amateur Radio Station ZL6QH was based at an old short wave receiving station located about 30 minutes drive from central Wellington, New Zealand...

256

New Zealand

Amateur QSL Gallery 1

In the first of this new series, amateur radio stations from around the world that have worked ZL2ADN Palmerston North, New Zealand, are featured...

255

Australia

Australian Radio 1922-2012

It’s around 90 years ago that the first Australian radio stations began broadcasting to a few enthusiastic early adopters of the new technology called wireless, and this is the kind of music that was popular at the time...

254

Worldwide

Listening with Lizzie

Princess Elizabeth was on holiday visiting Kenya in central Africa when news broke that her father, King George VI had died, and she assumed the throne on February 6 1952. Her coronation as Queen Elizabeth II took place the following year, 1953...

253

New Zealand

ZL6RWC Rugby Radio

Papakura Radio Club members will be making contact with people from all around the world during the Rugby World Cup. But they won't be meeting them face-to-face. Instead they'll be using a special call sign – ZL6RWC – from September 1 to October 31...

252

Australia

4IP Ipswich

Station 4IP is owned and operated by the Ipswich Broadcasting Company Pty. Ltd. This up-to-date broadcaster was officially opened in September, 1935, and since its inception has provided high-class programmes for listeners in Ipswich and surrounding districts...

251

Australia

2QN Deniliquin

2QN is situated in the heart of the fertile and wealthy Riverina district of N.S.W. Its signal is heard far afield where the popularity of its programmes is reflected in the large mail which flows into the station every day...

250

Australia

2MW Murwillumbah

2MW, owned and operated by the Tweed Radio & Broadcasting Coy. Pty. Ltd., has come a long way since the pre-war days of 37, 38 and 39...

249

Australia

3BA Ballarat

Since commencing operations in July 1930, “The Voice of the Garden City” - 3BA Ballarat - has progressed in every phase of broadcasting. Itself a city of over 40,000 inhabitants and over 400 factories, Ballarat is Victoria’s most productive and thickly populated area outside Melbourne...

248

Australia

2KM Kempsey

This station is operated by Radio Kempsey Limited, Head Office, Hosking House, Hosking Place, Sydney. The Studio and Transmitter are at 61 Belgrave Street, Kempsey; Licensed and operating power, 500 watts; wavelength, 306 metres; Frequency 980 Kilocycles...

247

India

VU2ZP Bangalore Brochure

This is the Army! On 20th January 1945, Colonel Melville C. Robinson, then commanding officer of Southern India Air Depot, conceived the idea of installing a radio station at this base...

246

Japan

WLKT Miho

In 1946, British announcer Peter Knowlden introduced radio programs to British Commonwealth Occupation Forces at Miho Airfield in Japan with the words ‘This is Station WLKT Miho operating on 14-40 kilocycles and 2-oh-8 metres’ and played Eric Coates’ “London Again” suite as his nightly signature tune...

245

Antarctica/NZ

97FM Scott Base

"97FM keeps us entertained at work and in the bar in the evenings" reports a winter staff member at the New Zealand Antarctic base writing on a recent blog for the UK Natural History Museum...

244

China

Early Chinese Radio in Peking

Due to the absence of any local stations, residents with radios in Peking were not able to receive any transmissions except at night, when they could usually tune-in to broadcasts from the Shanghai and Tientsin concessions...

243

China

Chinese Local Radio in the 1930s

The Orient opens its heart to radio and in the footsteps of the American listening public, succumbs to the appeal of native amateur hour artists...

242

Australia

3GL Geelong The Geelong Advertiser Station

S3GL is owned and operated by the Geelong Advertiser, Victoria’s oldest morning journal, founded by John Pascoe Faulkner in 1840...

241

Australia

2KA Katoomba The Voice of the Mountains

Station 2KA first went on the air on September 7th, 1935 with studios and transmitter at Medlow Bath. Early in 1937 the studios were established in the main street of Katoomba...

240

Australia

2GF Grafton The Voice of the Clarence

Station 2GF commenced operations on December 15th, 1937. It transmits on a Wave Length of 248 Metres (1210 K.C.’s). 2GF has made continual progress, and all of the best Shows are heard from this Station, either on Relay or Transcription...

239

India

VU2ZS Misamari, Assam, India 1944

Station VU2ZS Going Places - 3 Watts to 50 - Sgt. Fishman of 1327 BU Hopes for All-India Coverage 1327 BU, ASSAM - A 50-watt transmitter can’t quite compare with NBC or CBS but it is definitely better than none...

238

India

VU2ZP Southern India Air Depot, Bangalore

Late in the evening of December 9, a khaki-clad GI leaned close to a microphone in what had once been an unused warehouse on the giant Southern India Air Depot of the USAAF in Bangalore and said simply: “This is VU2ZP, your Armed Forces radio station, signing off the air for the last time.”...

237

India

This is Radio Station VU2ZP in Bangalore

On JANUARY 20, 1945, Colonel Melville C. Robinson, then commanding officer of the Southern India Air Depot at Bangalore, conceived the idea of installing a radio station at that base. The wireless hummed with an exchange of messages while technicians and experts converged on Bangalore and planes transported equipment...

236

India - Burma

AFRS The India-Burma Network

Commercial Radio Plug Featured Even On Armed Forces Stations...

235

India - Burma

AFRS 'Wings Over The Orient' WOTO Bhamo, Burma

Armed Forces’ Radio Stations Bring American Programs To I-B Doing Great Morale Job - Roundup Staff Article...

234

India - Burma

AFRS Along the Ledo Road

The great pulse of the Ledo Road has slowed down. The thousands of men and machines that manned the incredible supply line to China have gone. The pipeline is no more and the jungle is fast creeping in along the way that once swarmed with platoons, companies and battalions of Service Troops. Among the landmarks to disappear in the wake of departing men were the Armed Forces Radio Stations...

233

New Zealand

1ZD Tauranga Celebrates Classic Hits

Fifty years ago commercial radio came to Tauranga. Julia Proverbs looks at the evolution of Classic Hits - what has changed and what remains the same...

232

New Zealand

Kids on the Ridge FM

It's Kids on the Ridge FM. And technician Nadia Weighman and DJ Brooke McDowall are beaming out to all those willing to hear from up to 30km away...

231

New Zealand

Musick Point Radio 500 AM

In a beautiful art deco building overlooking the Hauraki Gulf, a group of amateur radio enthusiasts are reviving a radio frequency that harks back to the days of the Titanic...

230

New Zealand

Gisborne's Switch 105.3 Goes Silent

Thirteen months almost to the day since it first went to air, the switch will be pulled on a radio station whose founder had hoped to fill a totally-local niche...

229

New Zealand

Human FM Serves Coffee Hits

You do not often hear of a radio station that is also a cafe, but Kelburn businesses Alcove Cafe and HumanFM have been brewing together for more than four years...

228

New Zealand

88.1 FM Mangere Town Centre Live

It's time to wake up in your own neighbourhood, Mangere, with the first radio station exclusively about the suburb...

227

New Zealand

Students GO FM in Titirangi

A talented group of budding young DJs are living their dream by hosting a radio station...

226

New Zealand

Radio Woodville - The Voice of the Tararuas

The front door at Radio Woodville is often wide open, as it is today, and before you even make your way inside you can hear the music...

225

New Zealand

Retro-Heads Rock Kaikoura's Blue 100.3 FM

If you live in Kaikoura and shop in town on a Saturday you have more than likely come across this DJing duo blasting out across the airwaves on a Saturday...

224

New Zealand

The Gramophone Room, Palmerston North

With a turn of the dial, Daphne Kyne's life changed for the better seven years ago. She discovered Palmerston North's classical musical station The Gramophone Room, owned and operated by John Ward...

223

New Zealand

Solid FM 107.4 Dargaville Intermediate School

For two years the students have been spreading their voices like this over the airwaves on what is thought to be one of only two school radio stations in Northland...

222

Australia

Radio 2WL The South Coast Station

Radio 2WL celebrates its fifteenth anniversary “on the air” in July of this year, 1946. Those fifteen years have seen the birth and growth of a new metropolis, Port Kembla, to-day the third largest investment centre in N.S.W. With it has grown 2WL, now at the height of its persuasiveness and prestige. Behind this statement is a story, for naturally there is a reason for the uninterrupted growth of 2WL...

221

Australia

4GY Gympie Broadcasting Co. Ltd

4GY is one of Australia’s newest broadcasting stations. It was officially opened on November 3, 1941 - three weeks before the outbreak of the Pacific War, and was therefore available to serve the local community at a time when it was most needed...

220

Australia

2XL Cooma 'The Voice of the Southern Tablelands'

2XL has progressed a long way since the second Great War started when it was operated largely by a part time staff...

219

Australia

Broadcasting Station 2GN Goulburn

Station 2GN commenced operation on 25th January, 1932, and transmits on a wave-length of 216 Metres (1390 K/C’s.). Programmes include most of the best Metropolitan shows, either on relay or on disc, and the Station gives an uninterrupted trouble-free service to listeners in Goulburn and District. Station 2GN takes an active part in local civic affairs, and covers all important items of local appeal...

218

Australia

2DU Dubbo The Western Station

2DU Dubbo, "The Western Station," operating on 455 metres (Frequency 660 Kc.) and with an aerial power of 200 Watts, commenced transmission on July 3rd, 1936...

217

Australia

Victorian Broadcasting Network 3TR Gippsland

A unit of the Victorian Broadcasting Network and of the Macquarie Network, 3TR Gippsland is included in most of their extensive major features. Excellent programmes are thereby assured and that is one reason why 3TR is widely listened to. Its transmitter is favourably situated and it covers the whole of eastern Victoria...

216

Australia

Victorian Broadcasting Network 3SH Northern Victoria

At Swan Hill, on the River Murray, is 3SH Northern Victoria, serving the progressive towns of Swan Hill and Kerang and reaching out to the surrounding rich River Murray settlements, the Mallee and across the river into the western Riverina...

215

Australia

Victorian Broadcasting Network 3HA Covers Western Victoria

Because of its favourable geographical situation and its modern vertical steel radiator standing 250 feet in height on top of Mount Bainbridge, five miles from Hamilton, which is 1,140 feet above sea level, 3HA covers all western Victoria, the Wimmera and the south east of South Australia...

214

New Zealand

Tongan Radio on Auckland Airwaves

Tama Ohi FM station manager Keith Moala is keen to reach out to youth and people living with disabilities through a new radio station in Panmure...

213

New Zealand

Radio Ngakuta Bay

Ngakuta Bay has its own radio station, thanks to local resident and amateur radio enthusiast Foss Leach who launched Radio Ngakuta Bay 88.4FM as a way of familiarising residents with the local band they should tune into if there is a civil defence emergency...

212

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Radio is so much more

One of the most fascinating countries for international shortwave radio listeners continues to be Papua New Guinea... a large archipelago of islands to the immediate north of Australia... mainly because it has some twenty locally operating shortwave radio stations... and also because they seem to operate in a kind of information black hole...

211

Australia

7AD & 7BU Northern Tasmania

Covering all the North West of Tasmania, these two popular stations operate under one management. They provide a continuous day-time, and a dual night-time transmission...

210

Australia

5AD Advertiser Broadcasting Network

In its fourteen years of existence, the 5AD Kangaroo Club has enrolled 65,000 young members (‘KANGAS’) from all over Australia. Through its efforts on behalf of charitable organisations over £30,000 has been raised. Much of this was received during frequent concert tours in country districts, and in every case, the money was given to institutions in the locality...

209

Australia

4SB "The Voice of the South Burnett"

Station 4SB is controlled by the South Burnett Broadcasting Co. Ltd. The studio is in Alfred Street, Kingaroy...

208

Australia

4LG 'The Voice of the Central West'

The vast area of Queensland, extending between Quilpie and Normanton and from Springsure to Camooweal is covered by the Central Queensland station, 4LG, which radiates a programme from Longreach, the geographical centre of the State. The towns of Blackall, Barcaldine, Windorah, Winton, Aramac, Tambo, Richmond, Hughenden, Cloncurry, Mt. Isa, Burketown, Charters Towers, Clermont and Jundah are all in the 4LG range...

207

New Zealand

Swiss Mixx 106.9 Covers Coastal Wanganui

You would have to say Jayden Barrie has a passion for radio. There's no denying his keenness to make it on the airwaves because the Wanganui teenager has just launched his own station. Swiss Mixx 106.9FM broadcasts from the Barrie home in Gonville and, while non-commercial at this stage, it is set up to broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week...

206

New Zealand

Mamaku School 88.4FM Radio

Budding young radio announcers are making themselves heard on the airwaves in Mamaku...

205

New Zealand

BOLT 88.3 FM Bedroom Radio

Jake Townsend has a voice for radio and he's only 14. The Mount Maunganui College schoolboy started his own radio station, BOLT FM this year...

204

New Zealand

Fevah FM is Hot in Hamilton

A gymnasium in a suburban Hamilton shopping centre is not the sort of place you expect to find a low-power FM broadcasting strictly electronic dance music...

203

New Zealand

TAS 88.1 FM Taihape Area School Radio

Taihape Area School radio station 88.1FM has added to its programming by broadcasting the school's weekly newsletter at 2pm and 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday...

202

New Zealand

Hollah FM Fills Porirua Airwaves

Porirua's Hollah FM has found a new home at Whitireia New Zealand's local campus, providing an outlet for practical radio experience for budding broadcasters...

201

New Zealand

Ifinity FM 87.7 Invercargill

A new radio station celebrating youth culture is hitting the airwaves in Invercargill...

200

New Zealand

Botany 107.1 FM The Summer Sound All Year Round

A uniquely Botany sound is taking to the airwaves. Botany FM (107.1) is the only radio station to operate out of a shopping centre in Australasia, owner John Lehmann says...

199

New Zealand

The Yak - Alive & Kicking

Anyone tuning into Wintec's student radio station Max FM this morning might have heard something a little bit different...

198

Hawaii

Blue Hawaii, Elvis and Hawaiian Radio in 1961

In 1961, Hawaii was into its second year as the 50th state of the union, the state wide population was estimated at around 642,000 from the US Census the previous year, and the presidential elections held at the same time gave the Democrats the slightest of majorities in the state with 50.03%...

197

 

Fighting Voices from Downunder

When World War 2 began in 1939, radio broadcasting was still just a teenager, having started in the early 1920's in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA...

196

Australia

2UW Sydney - The Station All Australia Knows

Transmitted from a vertical aerial towering 365 ft. above the city’s skyline, the voice of 2UW dominates the listening habits of a great proportion of the 1,500,000 people who live within the area of Greater Sydney...

195

Australia

2MO Gunnedah - A Fine Station in a Rich District

With a district population of 8,551, Gunnedah is one of the wealthiest pastoral districts in Northern New South Wales. In this locality 2MO has been broadcasting since 1930...

194

Australia

2HD Newcastle

2HD reopened under New Management, the shares in the Company having been purchased by the Australian Labour Party, and the Trades and Labour Council after the station had been out of operation for four years. The re-opening took place on January 15, 1945..

193

Australia

2GZ Central NSW Country Service

Station 2GZ, Central New South Wales, commenced operations on Thursday, October 31st, 1935, with a powerful transmitter situated at Amaroo, twelve miles from Orange. Rapidly 2GZ became one of the most important and popular radio stations in the Commonwealth...

192

Australia

2BS Bathurst - 'The Centre of the West'

2BS is on the air from 6.30 a.m. till 10.30 p.m. week days and 10 a.m. till 2 p.m., and again from 5.30 p.m. till 10 p.m. on Sundays...

191

New Zealand

Christchurch Earthquake 2011
Classic Gold Radio New Brighton 102.1 FM

Classic Gold Radio New Brighton 102.1 FM live and local on the air from New Brighton and covering the eastern suburbs 24/7 with essential local news and information, welfare programs and wonderful music...

190

New Zealand

2ZW The Voice of the Capital City

A group of local businessmen led by Mr R H Nimmo established 2ZW to bring 'free' radio [free in that listeners were not paying a licence fee for the stations programs] to Wellington...

189

New Zealand

The Quartz Hill Collection 2

In the second of this series, the Quartz Hill Collection, amateur radio stations from around the world that have worked ZL6QH feature in the Radio Shacks Gallery...

188

USA

Undercover Radio

A teenage boy in Hibbing was older than me then, and grew up a thousand miles from my home, but he could have lived next door. We shared and searched some of the same airwaves for a few years...

187

New Zealand

Radio Heritage Heaven

Keith Richardson did not spend his entire radio career collecting industry treasures to make his name made synonymous with radio heritage. But that is what has happened.....

186

Australia

Diamonds of the Dial, Australian Heritage AM Radio Celebrating 75 Years on the Air

“Diamonds of the Dial’, that’s what the Radio Heritage Foundation calls 40 Australian heritage AM radio stations that have broadcast continuously for over 75 years with their original station calls...

185

Australia

Book Review
Changing Stations
The Story of Australian Commercial Radio

Let's get straight to the point with this book. If you have even the faintest interest in Australian radio heritage, from any angle, you must buy this book. It's big [530 pages], it's a bold traverse of the subject and it's worth every penny....

184

Europe

Book Review
Cold War Radio
The Dangerous History of American Broadcasting in Europe 1950-1989

Although intended for listeners in Eastern Europe, programs from Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were regularly heard from their powerful shortwave transmitters across Asia and the Pacific...

183

Australia

Australian AM Radio 1611-1701

Almost 70 low power stations are are still operating in Australia's expanded AM radio dial almost two decades after the new channels became available...

182

Australia

2LM Lismore - The Feature Station

2LM is owned and operated by Richmond River Broadcasters Pty. Ltd. The Studios are situated in Molesworth Street, Lismore, and the transmitter in Ballina Road, Goonellabah. The licensed and operating power is 500 watts, wavelength 330 metres (900 kilocycles). The Station commenced operations September 21, 1936. Daily transmission hours, 16; transmitter, A.W.A. type J2221; studio equipment, A.W.A...

181

Australia

2AD Armidale - The Voice of New England

A decade has passed since Station 2AD took the air to serve the New England Tableland, which technical experts will tell you, is one of the most difficult areas in the State to serve day and night the whole year round...

180

Australia

3XY Melbourne, Efftee Broadcasters Pty Ltd - For Live Artist Productions

3XY operated by Efftee Broadcasters Pty. Ltd., was founded by the late F. W. Thring, well known in Australian theatrical and film circles. It began operations on September 8th, 1935...

179

Australia

2LF - YOUNG - "The Voice of the South West"

Ideally situated in the heart of one of the Commonwealth's wealthiest districts, Station 2LF, from Young, dominates an area of over 11,000,000 acres containing a population of nearly 106,000...

178

Australia

4MK Mackay, Queensland 'We Strive to Excel'

Mackay Broadcasting Service Pty. Ltd., is a 100 per cent. Mackay organisation established firmly in a very prosperous district which boasts seven sugar mills, a butter factory and two wharf sheds wherein 38,000 tons of sugar has been stacked at one time...

177

 

Book Review
Shortwave Radio Triolgy

Nearly 1200 combined pages and extensive notes make the 'Shortwave Radio Trilogy' of U.S. radio listener and historian Jerry Berg a virtual encyclopedia of the global shortwave radio scene since 1923...

176

Japan

Japan AM Radio Dial 1941

During 1941, Japanese radio audiences had almost 50 local AM radio stations they could listen to for a large part of each broadcasting day...

175

 

Book Review
Treason on the Airwaves

Judith Keene from the University of Sydney recently released an excellent book about three Allied broadcasters on Axis Radio during World War II....

174

New Zealand

Aunt Gwen of 2YA

"Putting together this story about my mother has taken a long time, all my life in fact." With these words, Margaret Willis introduces us to New Zealand's most loved Radio Aunt, 'Aunt Gwen of 2YA'...

173

New Zealand

Never A Dull Moment

Keith Richardson is known to Kiwi babyboomers for his top rating radio shows on 1XN Whangarei, 2ZC Napier, 2ZB Wellington and to even more recent listeners on Radio Pacific, Greater Wellington FM, Radio Fifeshire and others...

172

Australia

The Queensland Network

The Queensland Network - Five Great Voices in One 4BC Brisbane 4SB Kingaroy 4GR Toowoomba 4RO Rockhampton 4MB Maryborough...

171

Australia

7DY Derby

Playing an important part in Tasmanian country broadcasting since February, 1938, Station 7DY, situated near Derby, operates on 1450 kc/s. (107 metres) , with a power of 200 watts...

170

Antarctica

WASA Radio, Antarctica

In 1971 I had the privilege of being deployed to the Antarctic for one year and three days. The following are excerpts from my diary in regards to my involvement with the WASA radio station at McMurdo...

169

New Zealand

2ZA Radio On Stage

2ZA 'The Voice of the Manawatu' began broadcasting from Palmerston North in 1938. An ambitious social history exhibition was mounted by the regional museum Te Manawa to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the local radio station that had such an impact on community life...

168

New Zealand

Kiwi Hams All Ages

Cecil James and Brendan Farrell share something unique: they are the oldest and youngest ham radio operators in New Zealand and they belong to the Hamilton Radio Electronics Group...

167

New Zealand

Apna 990AM Auckland

Morning radio jockey Shaiyaz Mohammed doesn't mind getting up at 4.30am to do the job he loves. The Apna 990 general manager hosts the radio station's breakfast show and has been with the media company since its inception...

166

New Zealand

Blue Skies FM

Alexandra's only independently owned radio station is going off air. Blue Skies FM will have its final broadcast on Tuesday and become RadioWorks' easy-listening radio station the Breeze from Wednesday...

165

Papua New Guinea

9PA Port Moresby

For a period of around two years during the Pacific War, there was no radio broadcasting station on the air in Port Moresby. However, when the American forces flooded into the South Pacific in support of the war effort, there was a need for a radio broadcasting station in Port Moresby...

164

New Zealand

One Christian Radio

James Cope is bringing his faith to New Plymouth airwaves...

163

New Zealand

Southside 107.7 FM

When Papatoetoe man Chris Bennett didn’t like what he heard on the radio he decided to do something about it...

162

Northern Mariana Islands

The KYOI Story

The idea for a pop/rock station on Shortwave first appeared in early 1980. At the time there was an upsurge of popularity in shortwave listening amongst teenage Japanese, brought about partly by the availability of inexpensive, good quality portable receivers...

161

Philippines

Starting Radio Sangley

I was sent TDY to the Naval Air Station, at Sangley Point, across the bay from Manila. I was teaching technicians in communications, radar, and sonar equipment. There were many families living on or near the Sangley Point station, and they had no radio except Philippine stations. So, in conversation with the Special Services Officer, we decided to build a "carrier current" transmitter and broadcast music and news on the station...

160

Philippines

KTLG Radio Sangley

Before enlisting in the Army in 1952 I had done some commercial broadcasting at a local radio station here at home, so, naturally, I was drawn to the AFRS station there at Sangley...

159

Northern Mariana Islands

SuperRock KYOI

KYOI, located on Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands was a commercial shortwave station, on air 24 hours a day, broadcasting "Contemporary Hits" rock music directed at the Japanese market...

158

South Pacific

Samoan Radio Journey

We turned a corner on the Cross Island Road, and there sat a stumpy little radio tower, almost hidden in the misty rain. High in the hills behind Apia, the Afiamalu Pass is the location used by 2AP for many years. As Alan Roycroft, even today still remembered in Samoa as the founder of radio in the islands...

157

New Zealand

Hospital Radio Timaru

Hosptal Radio celebrated 20 years yesterday with the biggest crowd yet to its annual gathering...

44

South Pacific

ZMAP Apia, Samoa

As part of the preparations for civilian air service from Fiji to the Cook Islands shortly after World War II, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) installed communications and radar services. I was involved with this work in Samoa, Tonga and Rarotonga, and, while in Apia, I decided to start up a radio station...

154

New Zealand

Access Manawatu 999AM

Ten years on, and this radio station team hasn't let anything get it down...

153

New Zealand

Reef Radio

Eric Allen is using his love and knowledge of music to give back to his local community. After becoming fed up with the lack of radio programmes for seniors, the 83-year-old Pt Chevalier resident decided to start his own station, Reef Radio, in 2006...

152

New Zealand

Howick Village Radio

Eastern residents have a local voice thanks to the launch of a new radio station. Howick Village Radio officially launched last week and promises a mix of local news, community group information, health and lifestyle features, and varied musical styles...

151

Australia

6PM Perth Network

6PM Perth, 6AM Northam, 6KG Kalgoorlie, 6GE Geraldton...

150

Australia

4VL Charleville

Station 4VL is owned and controlled by the Charleville Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Alfred Street, Charleville. Studios and transmitter are situated at that address...

149

India

India FM Abuzz

The year gone by was a time when years of hard work and patience finally paid off for the radio industry in India. It was a year of intense competition, aggressive marketing and marginal creativity as private FM finally flowered in metros as well as tiny towns throughout the nation...

148

Australia

4AY Ayr

C. D. McCARTHY, manager of 4AY Ayr, "The Voice of the North'' exerts his influence from his town office, where his contacts make 4AY a busy station...

147

New Zealand

Hear the Lights

Santa will have no trouble finding one Christchurch house this Christmas -- 6000 lights flashing to synchronised music will see to that. Software programmer Nathan Kennedy has upped the ante for Christmas lights with a hi-tech, drive-by display in Wetlands Grove, Bexley. A neon sign tells you to tune your car radio to 88.1FM...

146

New Zealand

Waves in Waipu

At the tender age of 19, Ashley Worthy has his own caravan, cat, flat and radio station. Not bad for a legless lad from Waipu...

145

New Zealand

Radio Cindy

As a child I always fancied being on the radio, playing cool music and emulating the gun DJs, right through my life it's always been a pipe dream, up until recently. With a 29 year marriage left behind me, a 62 year old solo guy can do what ever he wants if he has the money and motivation...

144

Australia

2UE Memories

Hi! My name is Tom Crozier, long retired from commercial radio in Australia but still interested in the business. A friend of mine forwarded your "long-lost radio stars" of January 10th this year to me. Maybe you have gone past that by now, but many of the names on the list were well-known to me, from my period at 2UE Sydney in 1949/51, and then a 20-year stint with the same station from 1961...

143

Australia

2PK Parkes

Parkes Broadcasting Co. Pty. Ltd. is the licensee of 2PK, which came on the air on October 5th 1937...

142

Australia

2MG Mudgee

Station 2MG, Mudgee, "The Voice of the Tablelands," owned and operated by the Mudgee Broadcasting Company Pty. Limited, is situated a mile from the chief commercial town of a very rich inner-western district of New South Wales...

141

Australia

2BH Broken Hill

2BH, "The Barrier Miner" Broadcasting Service is the only station giving coverage to Broken Hill and West Darling districts under all transmitting conditions...

140

Australia

2LT Lithgow

Radio Centre 2LT, controlled by Lithgow Broadcasters Pty. Ltd. and an offshoot of Western Newspapers Pty. Ltd. commenced entertaining its 26,000 town listeners on June 7th, 1938...

137

Solomon Islands

AFRS Guadalcanal

The year is 1944 and the world is at war. In the Southwest Pacific, US soldier and broadcaster, T/5 Hy Averback, presents the Atabrine Cocktail Hour on the airwaves of the American Expeditionary Station (AES) on Guadalcanal in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate...

138

Solomon Islands

AFRS Radio City

Once ashore, Captain Spencer Allen was relieved to find that Army engineers and Signal Corpsmen had constructed a studio building for the radio station, “the first made of clapboard in the camp,” he recalls, and a smaller transmitter shack about 200 yards away...

139

Solomon Islands

AFRS Mosquito Bites

As AES-Guadalcanal continued to develop, it was joined by other new stations in The Mosquito Network. On April 3, 1944, AES-Munda (New Georgia), opened transmissions, having taken over from the unauthorized station already in operation...

136

South America

Early Argentine Radio

American history professor Robert Claxton has just released a thoughtful and informative book about early radio in Argentina, with a focus on the period 1920-1944. What soon becomes apparent on reading this book is that the story of early radio in Argentina shares much in common with a number of other countries...

135

Antarctica

Antarctic Radio Unfreezes

There's competition along the Antarctic radio dial. Yes, McMurdo alone now boasts three FM stations, and the nearby New Zealand base has yet another...

134

New Zealand

Across the Pacific

When His Excellency, the Governor-General, spoke in Wellington Town Hall on the occasion of the reception accorded to him, he was heard far afield in North America. Listeners in the Central States and in the States on the Pacific Coast, heard him...

133

Australia

Australia Radio Dial 1931

Little more than a decade after the end of WWI in 1918, some 6.5m Australians in all states could listen to music, sports commentaries and results and 'educational' talks on a wide variety of subjects from the newly emerging entertainment medium of radio...

132

South Pacific

Radio Pasifik Nauru

The Pacific's newest radio station promises to assist USP Nauru students and their community with a blend of modern technology and traditional broadcast media...

131

South Pacific

Samoan Radio Sale

It's unusual for a public radio and TV broadcaster to be sold, but that's what's happening this year in Samoa...

130

USA

California Radio Dial 1928

It's hard to imagine that within living memory, California once had only a little over 50 radio stations on the air. There was no FM radio and TV was also in the future. Hollywood had just introduced 'The Talkies', movies with sound...

129

China

Shanghai Radio Dial 1941

In July 1940, TIME magazine featured a story about Carroll Duard Alcott, an American who broadcast from Shanghai radio station XMHA. The story captures the intrigue then swirling around Shanghai, a series of international zones surrounded by civil war torn China...

128

Australia

Silver Memories

University of Queensland researchers from the Australasian Centre on Ageing and 4MBS Classic FM are collaborating to develop a new radio service specifically for older Australians...

127

Australia

Pirate Radio PROSH

Forty-one years ago, in the early hours of Sunday July 31, 1966, Ernie Sigley, irreverent host of NWS 9’s Adelaide Tonight, was abducted from his Kingswood home and driven to Cape Jervis. From there, at sunrise, he was taken by motor launch through a heavy swell to a vessel anchored in international waters off Kangaroo Island....

126

New Zealand

Mainstreet Radio

No one knows when adverts stopped playing on Onehunga Mall. And retailers can't agree if they should start again. So Onehunga's Mainstreet Radio looks set to be silenced for good unless a buyer is found for the 10-year-old business...

125

New Zealand

GuruFM

With Kerikeri's growth, more young people are settling in the area. Among them is Rob Fussell whose new GuruFM radio station is filling a gap for alternative music enthusiasts....

124

New Zealand

Ross FM

Learning broadcasting skills isn't just a theoretical exercise for Ross Intermediate School students on Friday the Palmerston North school launched its own radio station...

123

Australia

4ZR Roma

4ZR Roma, owned by the Maranoa Broadcasting Co. Ltd. and situated in the wealthy Maranoa District provides both extensive entertainment and an excellent information service...

122

USA

LAB Keeps the Past

When the LAB's Curator, Chuck Howell, brought out the first box of QSLs for me to thumb through, I knew that I was just glimpsing the tip of a very big iceberg. "We've got over 30,000", he said...

121

New Zealand

The Base

As Ken Knight discusses his newest ambition, he is clearly beaming - and soon he'll be beaming right into the living rooms of Te Aroha...

120

New Zealand

Today FM

Brent and Alison Robertson enjoy the music being played on the Dargaville airwaves but feel there is room for a station that provides real nostalgia...

119

New Zealand

Splat FM

Splat FM is a local radio station with a difference. Like other stations, it plays a selection of modern music, mixed with soundbites and live DJ spots. But unlike others, none of its crew have graduated from primary school...

118

New Zealand

The Paddle

The Paddle no, it isn't a canoe or swim club but a community-based radio station which has just hit the Palmerston North airwaves...

117

New Zealand

Groove 107.7 FM

JAZZ junkies are raving about a local radio station called Groove FM. They're listening in the morning before work, during office hours and in the evening to wind down...

115

New Zealand

NZ Radio Dial 1978

As the first Generation X kids were born in the 1970's, early baby boomer parents still listened to 'Music Whilst You Work' on the National Program. Or partied to pop music from a commercial radio station – until midnight - when the stations mostly closed down...

116

New Zealand

Short Term Kiwi Radio

No, it's not what happens to people who over indulge during the holiday season! Rather, the New Zealand broadcasting regulations in the 1970's and early 80's, allowed 'short term' local radio stations to broadcast for a limited time...

112

South Pacific

ZK1ZA Cook Islands

Broadcasting to the islands of the South Pacific was introduced in various ways. In the case of the Cook Islands, it was an educational radio station that started the interest in broadcasting...

111

Australia

7QT Queenstown

The claim is made for 7QT that it is unique among broadcasters. The extreme ruggedness of the country - plus the mineralised nature of the soil itself precludes selective and effective reception from all distant Radio Stations in Tasmania, and on the Mainland. Thus the broadcasting effectiveness of 7QT is readily appreciated, covering not only Queenstown alone, but the entire west coast...

110

Japan

KSBK Ryukyu Islands

During the first decade of the American occupation of the Ryukyu Islands, the English speaking population listened to the familiar sounds of local Armed Forces Radio, part of the Far East Network...

109

Hawaii

KRHO Honolulu 1944

KRHO was a powerful shortwave radio station broadcasting in English and Japanese languages to the Far Eastern Pacific region in the closing stages of WWII...

108

Vietnam

Good Morning Hanoi

At the entrance to the Voice of Vietnam's radio headquarters, the administration offices in Quan Su Street, sits a gigantic old loudspeaker, the mouth of which is close to two meters in diameter...

107

Philippines

AFRS Radio WVTK Leyte

I was a member the armed services during WW2, stationed in the Philippine Islands on the island of Leyete. I was with Armed Forces Radio and at radio station WVTK. This was at a time when the Huk guerillas, an anti-government organization, were causing lots of problems and killing a lot of people. The station was located...

106

New Zealand

Radio Shacks Gallery I

In the first of a new series, the Quartz Hill Collection, amateur radio stations from around the world that have worked ZL6QH feature in the Radio Shacks Gallery...

105

Australia, New Zealand

ANZAC Radio Salute

During World War 2, Australia sent a number of mobile radio stations overseas to broadcast to troops...

104

New Zealand

2ZB Wellington 1120 AM

In April 1937, 2ZB began broadcasting to Wellington using a modern 1kW transmitter on 1120kc. To celebrate, here are some images from deep in our vaults. These are just a few of our collection items. ....

41

Japan

Tokyo Rose Broadcasts

Major Cousens had become friendly with Iva Togura, a Japanese-American girl, who, stranded and unable to return to California, had found some suitable typing work with NHK. Iva was pro-American. Cousens selected Iva to work as an announcer on his radio show...

39

Japan

Radio Tokyo at War

As is the case with most government-funded broadcasting services, Nippon Hoso Kyokai, the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation, in 1941 had a national and an international broadcasting service....

103

Central Pacific

OWI Central Pacific Operations

The Office of War Information [OWI] in the Central Pacific, was responsible for propaganda broadcasts from stations KRHO Honolulu and KSAI Saipan, both stations beginning operation at 3.30am Hawaiian War Time, December 26 1944...

102

Marshall Islands

Radio Eniwetok WXLE

The story of Radio Eniwetok is not, actually, the story of a radio station, but the story of the finest group of men....

101

Vietnam

Vietnam Village Radio

I first visited Vietnam in early 1997, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on an aid project to help modernize radio there. On my first morning in Hanoi, I was awoken in my hotel room on the dot of 5 a.m. by what sounded like a brass band in the street below....

100

New Zealand

Nelson's Fifeshire

Back in 1982 two people by the names of Kevin Ihaia and Digby Lawley lodged an application with the Broadcasting Tribunal to operate a short term radio station for the four weeks of January 1983. For twenty-eight days Fifeshire broadcast from....

99

Australia

2UE Sydney

Radio 2UE is the oldest of the existing commercial stations in Australia....

98

Guam

AFRS WXLI Guam

In order to expedite his transfer, instead of being assigned to Armed Forces Radio Service – the unit that ran broadcast operations in the Pacific – [Ben Green] had been attached to Island Command, which operated two radio stations....

97

Australia

6IX WA Network

This trio of stations is operated by W.A. Broadcasters Ltd., and constitutes the Western Australian end of the Major Broadcasting Network....

96

Australia

4TO Townsville

Station 4TO Townsville commenced operation on 5th October, 1931. It transmits on a wave-length of 384 metres....

95

Australia

2CK Cessnock

2CK is owned by Coalfields Broadcasting Coy. Pty. Ltd., constituted from a diversity of interests from the commercial and industrial community of the Coalfields and Newcastle....

94

Hawaii

Art of Radio Hawaii ©

Just the word 'Hawaii' conjures up every possible classic tropical image. It's not surprising therefore, that a variety of Hawaiiana images have been used....

93

Australia, New Zealand

NZ Radio Dial 1931

The year 1931 was a highlight year for early radio broadcasting in New Zealand....

92

Australia, New Zealand

Gran of 1ZB Auckland

Nancy M Donne, better known to thousands of 1ZB listeners as 'Gran' - The ZB Radio Personality - released a book...

91

USA

Vintage Radio Gallery

On October 3 1986, Australian media magazine 'Ad News' ran an unusual double page spread...

90

Australia, New Zealand

Radio Power Plays 1975-81

Three individual stations ...carved out very special niches for themselves.

89

USA

AFRS Jungle Network

An unedited letter From Sgt. Robert L. Sanders Radio Station WVTG, to John Dietrich at the time of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima.

88

USA

WVTB Biak

See by the latest "Far Eastern Network" news that you are still assigned to hdqs...

87

USA

AFRS Jungle Network

Imagine thick jungle, incessant rain, tropical heat, the continual roar of aircraft engines taking off...

86

Australia

2NZ Northern NSW

...on 30th March, 1936, the first broadcasting Station to operate from Inverell, ...went on the air, using the call-sign 2LV.

85

Australia

3BO Bendigo

Station 3BO Bendigo commenced operation on 4th June, 1931...

84

Australia

4CA Cairns

The Cairns Station is the most northerly on the Australian Coast.

83

Australia

Vintage Radio Moosic

In the 1980s, a band called The Sports wanted to know who listened to the radio.

82

USA

WVTB Olympic Baseball

One of the announcers was driving down the road the other day, and stopped to pick up some hitch-hikers...

81

USA

WVTB New Guinea 1944

The radio section of Special Services Division of United States Armed Forces in the Far East [USAAFFE] was organized in November 1943...

80

Australia

Grace Gibson Studios

The newly-renovated and equipped studios of British Australian Programs Pty Ltd, now owned by Grace Gibson...

79

Australia

Australian Radio Clubs

A social phenomenon of the early days of radio was the listeners club.

78

Australia

2CH Women's League

The 2CH Women's League was formed by Amalgamated Wireless on Station 2CH in July 1935.

77

USA

AFRS Sapporo 1949-1951

In October 1949, Sapporo AFRS began airing spots looking for announcers, no experience necessary.

76

Australia

7HO Hobart's Original

7HO Hobart, the first commercial station to operate in Tasmania.

75

Ecuador

HCJB Quito 75th #1

On December 25 2006, the world famous radio station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador, celebrates 75 years of broadcasting to Latin America and the world.

74

Australia

2KY Sydney The Founder

In March 1932 2KY applied to have its power increased to 3,000 watts...

73

Australia

2KY Sydney The First

Once built, the station was handed over by Voigt to the Labor Council and it commenced transmission on 31 October 1925.

72

Australia

2KY Sydney The Pioneer

He returned to Australia in January 1925 enthusiastic about radio...

71

Australia

2KY Sydney The Red

During the early 1900s in England Voigt had become involved with the Independent Labor Party and joined the Clarion Movement and the Vegetarian Cycling Club.

70

Australia

2KY Sydney The Olympian

Emil Robert Voigt (1883-1973), an English born engineer, was one of the foremost pioneers of the fledgling Australian broadcasting industry in the early 1920s and the genius behind the birth of radio station 2KY.

69

Australia

Diggers on Air

Australian forces in the SW Pacific and Japan were served by a number of stations during and immediately after WWII.

68

Australia

4BU Bundaberg

In December, 1935, Bundaberg residents formed Bundaberg Broadcasters Pty. Ltd. for the purpose of operating 4BU.

67

Australia

2AY Albury NSW

2AY Albury is owned and operated by Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited. The station was opened on December 17, 1930...

66

American Samoa

Pago Pago Tower Tour

It's not often we see some Pacific towers, but you'll enjoy this series of photos taken recently at Pago Pago, American Samoa.

65

USA

KODK Kodiak 1941

Kodiak is credited with being the first armed forces radio station.

64

USA

WVUG Anchorage Alaska

At WVUG we had the full supply of AFRS transcriptions, plus whatever the mails brought us from Headquarters.

63

USA

AFRS Alaska

Some 65 years ago, in early 1941, KRB radio began broadcasting from Sitka, Alaska.

62

American Samoa

WVUV Radio Romance

I am honored by your request about how and when I built and operated WVUV before it had a "call sign".

61

USA

KFSG LA The Legacy

The hard times of the Great Depression years put a strain on nearly everyone in the United States.

60

Australia

4WK Warwick

The Warwick Station 4WK commenced operations in May, 1935.

59

Australia

3CV Central Victoria

3CV Central Victoria has studios throughout Central Victoria.

58

Australia

2HR Hunter River

Operated by Hunter River Broadcasters Pty. Ltd., 2HR supplies the Macquarie Broadcasting Service to the Hunter River Valley.

57

Japan

AFRS Japan

When Japan formally surrendered in 1945, several mobile units of the AFRS were reportedly already on Kyushu.

54

Australia

Collecting Classic Radios

Radio changed the world.

53

USA

KFSG LA The Kidnapping

On May 18, 1926, Aimee went for a swim at Ocean Park, between Santa Monica and Venice, during a day of relaxing at the beach and writing some sermons.

52

USA

KFSG LA Regulator Trouble

Besides the thousands of radio fans who tuned into the KFSG broadcasts each week, the new station was also drawing the attention of the regional Radio Inspector from the Department of Commerce 6th Radio District in San Francisco, Col. J.F. Dillon.

51

USA

KFSG LA Aimee Semple

Aimee knew in 1922 she wanted to spread the word of God and bring people to her church through the use of radio, which was first gaining popularity at the time.

50

USA

KFSG LA Setting Straight

I'd like to share with you what I believe is KFSG's legacy all these years later, along with a few stories about KFSG from its first decade, that have become popular in radio history books and on the internet over the years.

49

USA

KFSG LA 4 Square Gospel

In August 2002, I wrote a history of KFSG radio that appeared on LARadio.com.

48

China, Burma, India

AFRS China-Burma-India

Almost 50 American Forces Radio Service stations are known to have been on the air from 'The Forgotten Theater' of WWII operations ranging from China to India.

38

Afghanistan

Kabul Radio Memories

The main highway running from the Khyber Pass into the city of Kabul (KAH-b'l) runs through the suburban area of Yakatut (YUCK-a-TOOT).

37

Australia

Early Australian AM Radio

This listing of early Australian AM radio stations and their owners has been drawn from material supplied by Bruce Carty of Radio Yesteryear Inc to provide an introduction to the first decade of broadcasting in Australia.

36

USA

KELW Burbank

You're probably familiar with the expression 'Beautiful Downtown Burbank' which was applied wryly to that part of The Valley in the greater Los Angeles conurbation known as the City of Burbank.

35

Christmas Island

Christmas Island Radio

To people living in the developed economies of the world, information is shared in ways which were not possible a decade or two ago.

34

Japan

WVTR Tokyo Xmas 1945

Music, comedy, drama, news, sports and special events programs fill the airwaves as the 18 stations of the Armed Forces Radio Network broadcast the tops in radio entertainment to occupation troops in Japan and Korea.

33

Japan

WVTR Memories

Let me tell you how I got to Radio Tokyo.

32

Japan

WVTR's Sea Monster

In the Year of 1947 I was serving in the United States Army posted to the Army of Occupation in Japan.

31

Australia

7LA Launceston

Findlay and Wills Broadcasters Pty. Ltd. holds the licence of 7LA, "Launceston's Original and Feature Station," with offices and studios in Findlay's Buildings, Brisbane Street.

30

Australia

5DN Adelaide

In June 1924, 5DN commenced the first regular broadcasting service for listeners in South Australia, from the home of the late Mr. E. J.Hume at Parkside, a suburb of Adelaide.

29

Australia

3MA Sunraysia Station

Owned and operated by Sunraysia Broadcasters Pty. Ltd., 3MA studios are in the T & G Building, Langtree Avenue, Mildura.

28

USA

KFVD Los Angeles Changes

The license for KTNQ, 1020-AM in Los Angeles, is 80 years old this week.

27

Japan

Art of Radio © Japan

Japanese radio stations have created and supported a spectacular body of commercial art work since the early 1930's…

26

Australia

2CH Sydney

Travelling by fast elevator to the top of the AWA building at 47 York Street, Sydney, a visitor to 2CH…

25

Australia

2CA Canberra Voices

Radio Canberra is located at the seat of the Commonwealth Government…

24

Australia

2KY Sydney

The rapid progress which marked 2KY's infancy has been maintained throughout its 20 years.

23

India

Early Radio in India

According to the official records, radio broadcasting in India began on July 23, 1927…

22

Australia

Perth Shortwave Radio

It was on October 19, 1939 that the first test transmissions went on the air from the new ABC shortwave station…

21

Indonesia

British Radio Batavia

As an intelligence officer attached to the RAF…

20

Midway Island

KMTH Memories

With not much to challenge me, I wandered into the radio…

19

Midway Island

KMTH Midway

It's a very lonely island, about, well, about Midway from…

18

New Zealand

Early ZL3 Amateurs

Wireless listening, will have a bit of a run, like ping-pong…

17

Tokelau

Radio Tokelau

FM radio has ended the dependence of the Tokelau people…

16

Kiribati

WXLE Memories

We've been fortunate to have several WXLE DJ's share…

15

Kiribati

WXLE Radio 1385

Far out in the Central Pacific, the Phoenix Islands lie in…

14

Kiribati

Hermit Crab Network

The eight islands of the Phoenix Group, like most of the…

13

Norfolk Island

Radio Norfolk Island

It's 'drive-time' on Radio Norfolk, and down the road at…

12

Kwajalein

Kwajalein Army Radio

Most of us remember the hilarious routines of actor Robin…

11

New Zealand

Hawkes Bay to Replay

I'm not at all sure what got me interested in radio…

10

Australia, New Zealand, Canada

A Tale of Three Cities

On July 1 1932, the NZ Radio Record, published the first…

9

New Caledonia

WVUS New Caledonia

In May 1943, a station was heard in NZ, identifying itself as…

8

American Samoa

'This is WVUV...'

After a 35 year broadcast career in the US, I took some time…

7

Samoa

Radio in Samoa

It was very early in the wireless era, that a spark gap Morse…

6

Fiji

Radio ZJV Suva

The first Fiji Broadcasting Commission was appointed in…

5

China

Radio in Manchuria

In the three eras of expansion in the nearby areas of Asia…

4

Hawaii

King Kong Radio Kauai

The Kaumuali'I Highway traverses the western side of...

3

New Zealand

Radio NZ Signs On

From Monday, September 27, listeners with shortwave...

2

Australia

The Voice of Australia

It was just 75 years ago, that the first international shortwave…

1

Australia, New Zealand

Art of Radio ©

When radio was first introduced to the public in the early 1920's...

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