2006 marked the 40th anniversary of the launch of Radio Hauraki, then a pirate station broadcasting from the waters of the Hauraki Gulf, near Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand. In November of 2006 the modern-day land-based Radio Hauraki in Auckland aired an 8 hour “special” to mark the anniversary.
2ZA ‘The Voice of the Manawatu’ 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.
Some interesting audio clips from the collection of David Miller, including the openings of Radio Hauraki on land and on FM.
Some thirty miles out west from Land’s End at the tip of the Cornish peninsular lie the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago of 140 islands, 5 of of which are inhabited. These Atlantic islands operate under their own separate local authority as part of the county of Cornwall, their main industry is tourism, and their main export is cut flowers (in particular daffodils) for the London market.
On the 13th of December 2005 radio station 7LA in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, celebrated 75 years of broadcasting.
A Collection of Early Australian Radio & Musical Hall Nostalgia This collection of CDs was donated to the Radio Heritage Foundation by Warren Fahey. Click…
In 2010 Oamaru DXer Peter Grenfell donated these two recordings of “opening broadcasts” to us. The first is of 4ZJ, a short-term station broadcasting for the 1978 Scout Jamboree in Oamaru, the second being the start of full-time broadcasting from Radio Rhema in Christchurch. The quality of these recordings is less than perfect, but they are both interesting events.
The material used in this history has come from scrapbooks and transmitter logs held by 2KO, photos and documents provided by the families of Jim Cowan, Ken Greenhalgh, Max Spitzkowsky, Harold Whyte and previous staff members Rob Cornwell, Ron, Dorothy and Len Daley, Reg and Judy Davis, Ron Hurst, Roy Nielson, Russell Thornton and Allan Whyte.
In 2011 the Hutt Radio Trust published this fundraising CD of 18 tracks donated by independent American musicians.
An interesting audio documentary on the BBC Sounds website: We may think we live in a digital age, but only half the world is currently…
Radio Redwood, based in Christchurch, New Zealand, was established as a ‘ham’ station in 1973 by John Downey call sign ZL3TDQ. Radio Redwood Good Music 107.5FM is one of the many community stations around New Zealand.
After Cyclone Tracy devasted the Northern Territory city of Darwin in Australia, authorities turned to shortwave radio to help coordinate the mass evacuation of the city.
From a CD donated to us in 2012 by Glenn Carpenter, enjoy this episode of AFRS “Stateside USA – 15 Minutes of Home Town Highlights”, broadcast on KIBS Canton Island
Rare station id & booklet from station OTC of the Belgian National Broadcasting Service transmitting from Leopoldville in the Belgian Congo c1953
In 1953 Gary Cooper was returning to the US after filming the movie Return to Paradise on location in Samoa. During his stop-over in Canton Island, Cooper was interviewed by the local radio station, KIBS, for their feature “The Traveller Talks”.