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Retro Radio Dial: 1953 Australia, New Zealand & Pacific

 
Share your own memories of Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Radio

Includes Australia, New Zealand, Territory of Hawaii, Territory of Papua, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Guam, Ryukyu Islands, Bonin Islands, French Settlements in Oceania, New Caledonia, Fiji, Western Samoa, American Samoa, Pitcairn Island, Midway Island, Johnston Island, British Solomon Islands Protectorate, Anglo-American Condominium of Canton & Enderbury Islands.

kc Station Country State/Island Location
 
Mediumwave
 
500 ZBP Pitcairn Island Pitcairn Island Adamstown
 
 
540 4QL Australia QLD Longreach
550 2CR Australia NSW Cumnock
  KMVI Territory of Hawaii Maui Wailuku
560 6WA South West Australia WA Minding
  7BU Australia TAS Burnie
570 2YA New Zealand North Wellington
580 3WV Western Victoria Australia VIC Doen
590 4QR Australia QLD Brisbane
  KGMB Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
600 4AT Australia QLD Atherton
  7ZL Australia TAS Hobart
610 2FC Australia NSW Sydney
  KUAM Guam Agana  
620 3AR Australia VIC Melbourne
630 4QN Northern Queensland Australia QLD Townsville
  KPOA Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
  FEN Far East Network Ryukyu Islands Okinawa Naha
640 5CK Northern South Australia Australia SA Crystal Brook
650 2NU Northern Tablelands Australia NSW Manilla
  2BH Australia NSW Broken Hill
  2YC New Zealand North Wellington
670 2CO Riverina Australia NSW Corowa
680 2KP Australia NSW Smithtown
690 4KQ Australia QLD Brisbane
  6WF Australia WA Perth
  KULA Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
  3YA New Zealand South Christchurch
700 2NR Northern Rivers Australia NSW Lawrence
710 7NT Northern Tasmania Australia TAS Kelso
720 2TR Manning River Australia NSW Taree
  4QA Australia QLD Mackay
  6GF Goldfields Australia WA Kalgoorlie
  7QT Australia TAS Queenstown
  4YZ New Zealand South Invercargill
730 5CL Australia SA Adelaide
740 2BL Australia NSW Sydney
  KSAR Ryukyu Islands Okinawa Naha
750 4QS Darling Downs Australia QLD Dalby
760 2NB Australia NSW Broken Hill
  KGU Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
  1YA New Zealand North Auckland
770 3LO Australia VIC Melbourne
780 2KA Australia NSW Katoomba
  4TO Australia QLD Townsville
  4YA New Zealand South Dunedin
790 4QG Australia QLD Brisbane
800 5RM Australia SA Renmark
  1YZ New Zealand North Rotorua
810 6WN Australia WA Perth
820 2NA Hunter River Australia NSW Newcastle
830 3GI Gippsland Australia VIC Sale
  6GN Australia WA Geraldton
840 4RK Australia QLD Rockhampton
850 2CY Australia ACT Canberra
  KILA Territory of Hawaii Hawaii Hilo
860 4GR Australia QLD Toowoomba
  7HO Australia TAS Hobart
  KIKI Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
  2YZ New Zealand North Napier
870 2GB Australia NSW Sydney
880 3UL Australia VIC Warragul
  4WK Australia QLD Warwick
  6PR Australia WA Perth
  1YC New Zealand North Auckland
890 5AN Australia SA Adelaide
900 2LM Australia NSW Lismore
  6BY Australia WA Bridgetown
  7AD Australia TAS Devonport
  KMTH The Voice of the Mid Pacific U.S. Naval Air Station Midway Midway Island  
  4YC New Zealand South Dunedin
910 4QB Wide Bay Australia QLD Pialba
920 2XL Australia NSW Cooma
  4VL Australia QLD Charleville
  6NA Australia WA Narrogin
  KAHU Territory of Hawaii Oahu Waipahu
  3YZ New Zealand South Greymouth
930 3UZ Australia VIC Melbourne
  ZJV Fiji Viti Levu Suva
940 4QY Australia QLD Cairns
  7ZR Australia TAS Hobart
  2ZA New Zealand North Palmerston North
950 2UE Australia NSW Sydney
960 3BO Australia VIC Bendigo
  4AY Australia QLD Ayr
  6TZ Australia WA Bunbury
  3YC New Zealand South Christchurch
970 5DN Australia SA Adelaide
  KHBC Territory of Hawaii Hawaii Hilo
  1XN New Zealand North Whangarei
980 2KM Australia NSW Kempsey
  6AM Australia WA Northam
  2ZB New Zealand North Wellington
990 2GZ Australia NSW Orange
1000 3HA Australia VIC Hamilton
  4RO Australia QLD Rockhampton
1010 4CA Australia QLD Cairns
  4IP Australia QLD Ipswich
  6GE Australia WA Geraldton
  7EX Australia TAS Launceston
  2XG New Zealand North Gisborne
1020 2KY Australia NSW Sydney
1030 3DB Australia VIC Melbourne
  VQO British Solomon Islands Protectorate Guadalcanal Honiara
1040 5PI Australia SA Crystal Brook
  4ZB New Zealand South Dunedin
1050 2CA Australia ACT Canberra
1060 4SB Australia QLD Kingaroy
1070 2RG Australia NSW Griffith
  6WB Australia WA Katanning
  1ZB New Zealand North Auckland
1080 2MO Australia NSW Gunnedah
  7HT Australia TAS Hobart
1090 3LK Australia VIC Lubeck
1100 4LG Australia QLD Longreach
  6MD Australia WA Merredin
  7LA Australia TAS Launceston
  3ZB New Zealand South Christchurch
1110 2UW Australia NSW Sydney
  KIPA Territory of Hawaii Hawaii Hilo
1120 4BC Australia QLD Brisbane
  WVUV American Samoa Tutuila Pago Pago
1130 2AD Australia NSW Armidale
  3CS Australia VIC Colac
  2YD New Zealand North Wellington
1140 2HD Australia NSW Newcastle
1150 2WG Australia NSW Wagga
  KANI Territory of Hawaii Oahu Kaneohe
1160 4MB Australia QLD Maryborough
  3XC New Zealand South Timaru
1170 2CH Australia NSW Sydney
1180 3KZ Australia VIC Melbourne
  2XM New Zealand North Gisborne
  VOA Voice of America Ryukyu Islands Okinawa  
1190 2NZ Australia NSW Inverell
1200 5KA Australia SA Adelaide
  2XA New Zealand North Wanganui
1210 2GF Australia NSW Grafton
  3YB Australia VIC Warrnambool
  6KG Australia WA Kalgoorlie
1220 4AK Australia QLD Oakey
1230 2NC Hunter River Australia NSW Newcastle
1240 3TR Australia VIC Sale
  6IX Australia WA Perth
1250 2DU Australia NSW Dubbo
  WVTV U.S. Air Force Air Station Johnston Island Johnston Island  
  1YD New Zealand North Auckland
  9PA Territory of Papua New Guinea Port Moresby
1260 3SR Australia VIC Shepparton
1270 2SM Australia NSW Sydney
1280 3AW Australia VIC Melbourne
1290 4BK Australia QLD Brisbane
1300 2TM Australia NSW Tamworth
1310 5AD Australia SA Adelaide
  1XH New Zealand North Hamilton
1320 3BA Australia VIC Ballarat
  6KY Australia WA Perth
1330 3SH Australia VIC Swan Hill
  4BU Australia QLD Bundaberg
1340 2LF Australia NSW Young
  6CI Australia WA Collie
  2XN New Zealand South Nelson
1350 3GL Australia VIC Geelong
  4GY Australia QLD Gympie
1360 2NX Australia NSW Bolwara
1370 2LT Australia NSW Lithgow
  5SE Australia SA Mt Gambier
  2XP New Zealand North New Plymouth
1380 2GN Australia NSW Goulburn
  4MK Australia QLD Mackay
  KHON Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
1385 WXLE U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Marshall Islands Eniwetok
1390 4BH Australia QLD Brisbane
1400 2PK Australia NSW Parkes
  5AU Australia SA Port Augusta
  2YX New Zealand North Wellington
1410 2KO Australia NSW Newcastle
1420 3XY Australia VIC Melbourne
  2AP Western Samoa Upolu Apia
1430 2WL Wollongong NSW Australia
  4XD New Zealand South Dunedin
1440 2MW Australia NSW Murwillumbah
  3CV Australia VIC Maryborough
  WXLG U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Marshall Islands Kwajalein
1450 2MG Australia NSW Mudgee
  7SD Australia TAS Scottsdale
1460 2NM Australia NSW Muswellbrook
  5MU Australia SA Murray Bridge
  ZKV NZ Army New Zealand North Wellington
1470 3MA Australia VIC Mildura
1480 2BE Australia NSW Bega
  4ZR Australia QLD Roma
1490 2AY Australia NSW Albury
  KTOH Territory of Hawaii Kauai Lihue
1500 2BS Australia NSW Bathurst
  3AK Australia VIC Melbourne
  5DR Australia NT Darwin
  Radio Noumea New Caledonia Grande Terre Noumea
  FEN Far East Network Bonin Islands Volcano Islands Iwo Jima
1510 KIBS Anglo-American Condominium of Canton & Enderbury Islands Phoenix Islands Canton Island
1520 2QN Australia NSW Deniliquin
1530 5AL Australia NT Alice Springs
  5LN Australia SA Port Lincoln
1540 2CN Australia ACT Canberra
1560 2RE Australia NSW Taree
1570 2LG Australia NSW Lithgow
  4GM Australia QLD Gympie
1580 5WM Australia SA Woomera
1590 4SO Australia QLD Southport
1600 3NE Australia VIC Wangaratta
 
Note: KU5QI operated by the U.S. Navy Pacific Ocean Network also broadcast AFRS programs to Guam at this time but we’re currently unable to confirm the operating frequency used in 1953.
 
 
Shortwave
 
3241 2AP Western Samoa Upoulu Apia
3375 Radio Noumea New Caledonia Grande Terre Noumea
3980 ZJV Fiji Viti Levu Suva
4897 VLX4 Australia WA Perth
4920 VLM4 Australia QLD Brisbane
5000 WWVH Territory of Hawaii Kauai Paunene
5995 ZJV Fiji Viti Levu Suva
6035 Radio Noumea New Caledonia Grande Terre Noumea
6040 2AP Western Samoa Upoulu Apia
6080 ZL7 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
6090 VLI6 Australia NSW Sydney
6100 ZJV Fiji Viti Levu Suva
6130 ZL11 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
  VLT6 Territory of Papua New Guinea Port Moresby
6135 FZP8 Radio Tahiti French Settlements in Oceania Tahiti Papeete
6145 VOA Ryukyu Islands Okinawa  
6150 VLR6 Australia VIC Melbourne
6165 VOA Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
6195 VOA Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
6980 FO8AA Radio Tahiti French Settlements in Oceania Tahiti Papeete
7025 Radio Tahiti French Settlements in Oceania Tahiti Papeete
7100 Radio Tahiti French Settlements in Oceania Tahiti Papeete
7125 Radio Tahiti French Settlements in Oceania Tahiti Papeete
7160 VOA Ryukyu Islands Okinawa  
7220 VLC7 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  ZL12 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
7240 VLC7 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
7280 VLA7 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLC7 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
7290 ZL13 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
7859 ZBP Pitcairn Island Pitcairn Island Adamstown
9200 ZBP Pitcairn Island Pitcairn Island Adamstown
9520 ZL18 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
9540 VLB9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLC9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  ZL2 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
9560 VLB9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLC9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
9580 VLA9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLB9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
9610 VLW9 Australia WA Perth
  VLX9 Australia WA Perth
9615 VLA9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLB9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLC9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
9620 ZL8 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
9650 VLB9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VOA Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
9660 VIQ9 Australia QLD Brisbane
9680 VLA9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLB9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLC9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
  VLH9 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
  VLR9 Australia VIC Melbourne
10000 WWVH Territory of Hawaii Kauai Paunene
11710 VLA11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
11740 VLB11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
11760 VLA11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLB11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLC11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
11770 VLA11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLB11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
11780 ZL3 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
11790 VOA Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
11810 VLA11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLB11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLC11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  ZL9 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
11830 VLW11 Australia WA Perth
11838 VOA Ryukyu Islands Okinawa  
11840 VLC11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
11850 VLA11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLB11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
11870 VLC11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
11880 VLA11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLB11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
  VLH11 Australia VIC Melbourne
11900 VLB11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG11 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
12110 ZBP Pitcairn Island Pitcairn Island Adamstown
15000 WWVH Territory of Hawaii Kauai Paunene
15160 VLB15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
15200 VLA15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLB15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLC15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
15210 VLC15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
15215 VOA Ryukyu Islands Okinawa  
15220 VLA15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLC15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  ZL10 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
15230 VLA15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
  VLH15 Australia VIC Melbourne
15240 VLG15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
15280 ZL4 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
15320 VLA15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLB15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLC15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLG15 Radio Australia Australia VIC Lyndhurst
15330 VOA Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
17770 ZL5 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
17790 VLB17 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
17800 VLA17 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLB17 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLC17 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VOA Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
17820 ZL14 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
17840 VLA17 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLC17 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
21480 ZL15 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
21540 VLB21 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
21580 ZL16 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
21600 VLA21 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
  VLB21 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
21680 VLC21 Radio Australia Australia VIC Shepparton
25580 ZL6 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
26000 ZL17 Radio New Zealand New Zealand North Wellington
 
Mc Station Country State/Island Location
 
FM
 
88.1 KVOK Territory of Hawaii Oahu Honolulu
91.1 ABC Experimental FM Australia VIC Melbourne
92.1 ABC Experimental FM Australia NSW Sydney
97.3 ABC Experimental FM Australia SA Adelaide

Stations in bold were the most powerful [50kW] or more on the air at the time and therefore dominated reception and influenced the spread of news, music, information and entertainment over a wider geographical area.

It Happened 1953

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
Australia Prime Minister: Robert Menzies
New Zealand Prime Minister: Sidney Holland
US President: Dwight D Eisenhower
Hawaii Governor: Samuel W King
Royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II to New Zealand
Tangiwai rail disaster kills 153 in New Zealand
Oil discovered near Exmouth WA in Australia
Earthquake hits Viti Levu and Suva, Fiji
End of Korean War

Arrivals:
 
Playboy magazine
Pat Benetar
Pierce Brosnan
Alex Van Halen
Cyndi Lauper
Kim Bassinger
 
Departures:
 
Hank Williams
Joseph Stalin
Alice Prin ‘Kiki de Montparnasse’
Django Reinhardt
Rene Fonck
Dylan Thomas

Population:
 
Australia 8.858m
New Zealand 2.048m
Territory of New Guinea 1.299m
Territory of Hawaii 0.499m
Fiji 0.312m
British Solomon Islands Protectorate 0.111m
Western Samoa 0.089m
Guam 0.069m
French Settlements in Oceania 0.067m
U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands 0.061m
New Caledonia 0.060m
Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides 0.056m
Tonga 0.051m
Gilbert & Ellice Islands 0.040m
American Samoa 0.019m
Cook Islands 0.016m
 
Licensed Radio Receivers:
 
Australia 1.988m
New Zealand 0.492m
Territory of Hawaii 0.140m
Fiji 0.0032m
New Caledonia 0.0027m
Western Samoa 0.0006m

Favorite Movies of 1953: Your Personal Collection

Top 20 Singles

  Artist Song
 
1 Percy Faith The Song from Moulin Rouge
2 Les Paul & Mary Ford Vaya Con Dios
3 Patti Page [How Much is] That Doggie in the Window
4 Eddie Fisher I’m Walking Behind You
5 Ames Brothers You, You, You
6 Teresa Brewer Till I Waltz Again with You
7 Les Baxter April in Portugal
8 Perry Como No Other Love
9 Perry Como Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
10 Frankie Lane I Believe
11 Pee Wee Hunt Oh
12 Frank Chacksfield Ebb Tide
13 Nat King Cole Pretend
14 Richard Hayman Ruby
15 Stan Freberg St George and the Dragonet
16 The Hilltoppers PS I Love You
17 The Gaylords Tell Me You’re Mine
18 Julias La Rosa Eh Cumpari!
19 Tony Bennett Rags to Riches
20 Doris Day Anna
 

Top 5 Music Albums: Your Personal Collection

Reflecting on Australia, New Zealand, Pacific

Top 10 Recommended Reading available right now:

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