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Directors are: C. M. Robertson (Chairman), E. Brand, J. McLean, J. C. McIntosh, Dr. A. J. Opie.
Executive Staff: K. Spencer, Manager; F. G. Jackson, Secretary; P. Le Brun, Studio Manager; H. Green, Chief Engineer; M. Kennedy, Programme Arranger. Advertising Staff: K. Spencer, Manager; Don Scriven, T. Crozier, M. Roberts.
Production and announcing Staff: P. Le Brun, Don Scriven, Tom Crozier, John James, Gloria Wells, Mollie Noonan, Kath. Muldoon. Administrative Staff: Mollie Noonan, K. Muldoon, L. Coop.
Technical Staff: Hec Green (Chief Engineer), C. Prideaux, G. Allen, J. Hudson, E. Rowe, B. Mason, A. Baines.
Transmission Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6.30 a.m. To 10.30 p.m. Sunday, noon to 3 p.m., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2LM, "The Feature Station" covers the most densely populated rural district in Australia, embracing such thriving centres as Lismore, Casino, Kyogle, Ballina, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and smaller townships.
The station has a very fine line up of major programme features not to be excelled by metropolitan stations. A sponsored feature is presented almost every half-hour throughout each day and the night sessions are crowded with a fine variety.
A recent census revealed that each week between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. three one-hour, one threequarter-hour, fourteen half-hour and fifty-six quarter-hour sessions are presented, making a total of 24¾ hours of solid sponsored entertainment. The remainder of the time- 3¼ hours each week - is used to present the station's News Services flashed from its representatives in the nation's press-rooms.
2LM enjoys the support of listeners in the Richmond River District, evidence of which is contained in the weekly average of 1500 letters received paying tribute to the entertainment.
1945 proved an extremely busy year The greatest flood in the district's history came in June. Almost every inhabitant for miles around driven from his home. 2LM cancelled its ordinary programme scheduled and broadcast messages for help continuously for seventy-two hours and this fact resulted in a minimising of damage and loss of life. Messages of appreciation poured in from as far south as Adelaide and far North as Cairns.
The Station's "Victory Picnic" at Ballina on December 9 proved a great success, all attendance records in Ballina's history being shattered. Fourteen thousand people travelled from centres within a radius of 50 miles of Lismore.
Not satisfied with what had already been an inordinately busy year, the station's staff organised an appeal to buy Christmas presents for all hospital patients in the district. Six hundred hospital patients received parcels each to the value of 12/6. The administrative and announcing staffs, accompanied by district artists made a round trip of 250 miles by taxis to ensure that each patient received a parcel.
Specialty Announcer, recently rejoined 2LM after 4 years' service in W.A.A.A.F. Commenced radio career in 1933 at 2GF Grafton. Joined 2LM on inception in 1936. Specialises in Children's programmes. Established "Good Companions' Club" membership of over 6000. Hobbies: Gardening and swimming.
2LM Lismore "The Feature Station" 'Broadcast Year Book and Radio Listeners' Annual of Australia 1946-47.
Editor: C C Faulkner.
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Tom Crozier, featured here as part of the 2LM on-air line up in the mid-1940's has also shared some Sydney broadcasting memories just for Radio Heritage Foundation readers. You'll find them right now at our new 2UE Memories article.
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