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Of consistently high quality and great variety, 7HO's programmes have won warm appreciation while the technical excellence of transmissions and freedom from plant failure, have upheld the station's enviable reputation.
The 500 watt transmitter of 7HO is situated 900 feet above sea level, on Mount Nelson, about 5 miles from the Studios at 82 Elizabeth Street. This site, because of its elevation and the excellent "earth" provided, contributes to the excellent reception obtained in country areas.
In regard to programmes 7HO has the clear-cut policy of arranging programmes which will provide maximum entertainment for the greatest number of people - something for every taste. So, from the cheery breakfast session onwards, something of interest is always on the air, dramatic serials -the hospital session – women's interests - popular music or classics - interesting talks on many subjects - and regular news broadcasts both local and oversea. All sporting events are covered. This year, 7HO has become the first commercial station to broadcast galloping events from Elwick Racecourse.
These programme features combine to maintain 7HO as a focal point for the interests of the community.
K. B. GOYNE. Came to 7HO early in 1940. Entered radio after 17 years of newspaper work in Northern Tasmania. Has taken a keen interest in music and has studied voice production. Was one of the first Tasmanians to take up broadcasting, having broadcast with 3LO in 1928.
ERIC McRAE. 7HO's Advertising Manager. Served with Army Amenities during the war, during which time was O.C. of a radio station in Borneo. At time of writing is still on service, but expected back very soon.
SHIRLEY BENNISON. Works in the programme department - and does part-time on the air. Has a wide knowledge of music and is interested in the stage, having studied ballet and taken part in many productions of the Hobart Repertory Theatre Society.
ALAN BROWN. Has been on the 7HO announcing staff since 1939. Served four years with the Army - and when Army Amenities began broadcasting, was transferred from an Ack Ack Regiment to O.C. of 9AE, Jacquinot Bay Now back at HO as regular night announcer.
KATHLEEN HEADLAM. Is the station's copy writer and publicity officer. Office work is carried out by HELENE HARBUTT and BERYL HALL.
7HO Women's Association
Promoting good fellowship among women, and contributing in many ways to the welfare of the community, the 7HO Women's Association, under the direction of Mrs. J. M. Reid, who is organiser and secretary, has a membership of 2,500.
In the field of Sport the association has Tennis and Badminton Clubs supplemented by Bridge and other card games. Each year, Interstate Tennis and Bridge Matches are played.
Activities are centred at the Masonic Hall, Murray Street, where Club Rooms are available, together with a ballroom for dances and other social functions.
The Association is designed to benefit country women as much as their city sisters. There are Branches at Collinsvale, Glenlusk, Kettering and Police Point. The Branches have their own Committees and sports clubs, organise their own functions, and have been taking an active part in war work. Regular morning broadcasts by Mrs. Reid keep members in contact.
Through its Women's Association, 7HO has become an important influence among the women of Southern Tasmania.
7HO Pals Club
With a membership of well over 11,000, the 7HO Pals Club is conducted by "Janet" (Denice Hopgood) and Bernard Carr. Children of all ages are catered for - and boys and girls have the opportunity, at regular studio concerts, to reveal their ability as performers. Indeed, many have gone on to bigger things in entertainment.
7HO Hobart's Original. A Unit of the MacQuarie Broadcasting Network, Broadcast Year Book and Radio Listeners' Annual of Australia 1946-47.
Editor: C C Faulkner.
© Ray Crawford Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation.
7HO audio My Kind of Town is © Andrew Baudinette 'Jingle Shrine' Collection.
Digital version of text, images and layout © Radio Heritage Foundation 2005.
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