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3XY is a completely self-contained unit, with offices, studios and transmitter all in the Princess Theatre Building, Spring Street, Melbourne, C.1. The station operates on 1420 kilocycles (211 metres) with a power of 600 watts. Hours of operation are 6.30 a.m. To 11.30 p.m. Daily; 8.00 a.m. To 10.30 p.m. Sundays.
A feature of 3XY ever since its inception has been concentration on live-artist productions for direct broadcasting and for recording for future use and for distribution. The station maintains its own production department, and has been responsible for many feature presentations of celebrated stories in radio form. These productions, on process discs, have been used by radio stations in all States of the Commonwealth. Necessarily curtailed during the war, this aspect of 3XY activities has been expanded recently, and a number of productions has been made and distributed on a Commonwealth-wide basis. The station also maintains its own independent news department, staffed by journalists of note, who cover overseas and local news and broadcast at regular hours, in addition to hourly "news-on-the-hour'' flashes.
Directors: V.G.H. Harrison, Mrs. O. Thring, L. Shepherd. General Manager: F. R. Mogg. Sales Manager: Stan Thomas. Studio Manager: Alwyn Kurts. Chief Engineer: L. Shepherd.
SOME 3XY PERSONALITIES
One of 3XY's most popular personalities. Alex McNish has a ringing voice of great clarity. Born in Bristol, England, in 1914, he began at 3XY as breakfast announcer in 1943, later transferring to night sessions. Alex comperes stage presentations and features, but enjoys best his session as news reader. His hobbies are gardening, economics, history and swimming. He is married, with two children.
Born in February, 1916, Carl Bleazby was educated at Melbourne Grammar School. He studied drama and voice production, and played with the Gregan McMahon Players in 1936. He joined the staff of 3XY in March 1937, and was one of the first of Melbourne's radio men to enlist on the outbreak of war in 1939. Joining up as a private, Carl was demobilised in August, 1945, with the rank of captain and returned to announcing at 3XY. While in Palestine with the A.I.F., Carl was appointed by Gen. Sir Thomas Blamey as A.I.F. Radio Reporter, in which capacity he broadcast from Jerusalem Radio for eight months.
Born in 1917, and educated at Sydney High School. Early work in films and stage brought him to radio, in which he began his career as an A.B.C. Player. He then served in country stations in N.S.W., handling breakfast sessions, children's programmes and outside broadcasts. Joining 3XY in 1945, he soon became Uncle Tom to 20,000 "Peters Pals.'' Tom has compered outside productions and live-artist shows. He also writes and produce many 3XY afternoon features, in which he often acts many parts.
Joined 3XY on its inception in 1935, and assisted with the development of the station. He rose from his original position as record boy to become one of 3XY's popular night announcers, and was a featured player in many dramatic productions. He enlisted early in the war, and was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant in 1946, rejoining 3XY's announcing staff.
3XY's popular early morning announcer. Bern instituted and conducts the popular morning "Music for Mother" programme, as well as presenting other features of his own during weekly programmes. He came to 3XY after experience in country radio, following three years of Army service, in 1944.
Producer; began his career with J. C. Williamson Ltd., working up to the position of stage director. He joined the late F. W. Thring's "Eftee'' film productions as casting manager, and came to 3XY on its inception. Later he left to undertake private business, and joined up with the Army during the war, becoming producer of the 7th Division concert party, with which he presented shows in New Guinea and in northern areas. He rejoined 3XY as producer early in 1946.
WOMEN'S SESSIONS A FEATURE
3XY Melbourne, Efftee Broadcasters Pty Ltd - For Live Artist Productions, 'Broadcast Year Book and Radio Listeners' Annual of Australia 1946-47.
Editor: C C Faulkner.
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