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Radio Woodville Nearly 25 Years Old

Radio Woodville in Woodville near Palmerston North will be 25 years old on the 1st June 2023. As their 25th anniversary approaches we take a look back at their first 20 years on-air.

The Radio Scene on the World’s Largest Private Property

The world’s largest property in private ownership was Victoria River Downs with its almost 16,000 square miles of cattle country, some 500 miles south of Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia.  In the year 1879, the South Australian government awarded the concession to two men, Englishman Charles Fisher and Australian born Maurice Lyons, who developed the land together as a cattle ranch…

Mount Bellenden Ker tower and cable car mark 50 years of broadcasting from the clouds

It is considered one of the most stomach-dropping cable car rides in the country, but this ride is not for tourists. High above the rainforest in far north Queensland, the bright red cable car carries workers to one of the most hostile environments of any broadcasting sites in the world.

New Zealand Broadcasting Press Clippings Scrapbook 1992-1993

The late Mark Nicholls kept a series of scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine clippings relating to the broadcasting scene in New Zealand. These books provide an interesting look back at NZ broadcasting at the time.

New Zealand Broadcasting Press Clippings Scrapbook 1991-1992

The late Mark Nicholls kept a series of scrapbooks containing newspaper and magazine clippings relating to the broadcasting scene in New Zealand. These books provide an interesting look back at NZ broadcasting at the time.

AWA in Australia: Snowy Mountains Radio

The Snowy Mountains Scheme involved the hydro-electric generation of electric power and the down stream irrigation of water for use in farming areas. The Barren Jack Hydro-Electric Scheme was a significant part of the over all Snowy Mountains Scheme which was the largest engineering project in the history of Australia. The name Barren Jack was the nearest English pronunciation for the Aboriginal name of the area.

AWA Radio Station Callsigns

The 1927 issue of the AWA Radio Guide contained a wealth of collected radio information that was not available anywhere else back then.  AWA [Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd], was a mega-radio organization in Australia that was founded one hundred years ago and it welded together British, German, American and Australian radio companies, in the same way as RCA [Radio Corporation of America] welded together in the United States similar American and European radio companies.

Three International Radio Weddings

The first international radio wedding in our program today took place in Perth Western Australia on Saturday October 2, 1926, and it was described at the time as the first radio wedding in the history of Western Australia.  Back during that era, many radio weddings were broadcast live on radio in many parts of the world, and they were sometimes described as a publicity stunt to gain an increase in listenership.

Radio Scene on the Outlier Islands of New Caledonia in the South Pacific

The main island is known locally as Grande Terre, and also included in the territory of New Caledonia are nearby island clusters that are identified as the Loyalty Islands, the Isle of Pines, the Belep/Daos Islands, and the Chesterfield Islands, together with a few remote and uninhabited islets. We look at the radio scene in each of these islandic clusters, and we take them in the order of their population figures.

Living Traditions: KKCR Kauai

Kauai, Hawaii’s fourth-largest island, is known for its exceptional natural beauty, even by local standards. It is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands, home to about 70,000 people and KKCR Kauai Community Radio.

New Home for 2XN

When the studios of Station 2XN, in Nelson, New Zealand, were destroyed in a fire which ravaged two Trafalgar Street buildings in late 1965, the Broadcasting Corporation had to find a new home for its local station pending the building of its own block.

Palau restores AM radio service

After erecting a new tower Palau’s state broadcaster has restored its AM radio service. The previous AM tower was destroyed during Typhoon Bopha, in 2012.

Aotea FM – Sounds of Sanctuary

Aotea Community Radio Trust runs the only radio station on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand (writes Annabel Martin). More than 60 per cent of the island, which lies about 90km off the Auckland coast, is protected by the country’s Department of Conservation and its natural beauty has not gone unnoticed. In 2017 it became the first island in the world to achieve International Dark Sky Sanctuary status.

The Radio Spectrum on the South Pacific Island of New Caledonia

New Caledonia is a verdant tropical island with a quarter million population and it lies close to a thousand miles off the east coast of Australia, and a thousand miles north of New Zealand. This French Overseas Territory is made up of more than 140 different islands, some 40 of which are inhabited.

Midway Communications Facilities

A collection of photos from Charles E. Kinzer (Navy ETN2 on Midway 1966-1968), taken during his time working on Midway in the 1960s.

KMTH Midway – Photos from 1968

Charles E. Kinzer (Navy ETN2 on Midway 1966-1968) sent us these photos he took on Midway c1968 during his time working at the transmitter site 1966-1968.

NZ Radio Audio Samples

A few audio recordings that were donated to us in the past, mostly for use in the documentaries that we produced for airing on RNZI’s Mailbox programme

Radio Hauraki 40th Anniversary Broadcast

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.

Feedback on “4AT Atherton” Story

Our feature “4AT Atherton”, on the history of that Queensland, Australia, station generated some interesting email correspondence that Al Kirton of Radio 4KZ, and Radio Heritage Foundation supporter, forwarded on to us. We think it is worth sharing.

93KHJ, American Samoa

With a population of just 3,600, Pago Pago in American Samoa is one of the world’s smaller capital cities (writes Nyasha Oliver). Despite its size, radio station 93KHJ’s general manager and co-owner Joey Cummings is proud to call the city home.