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Chopper FM 87.6 FM Invercargill

We have recently added Chopper FM 87.6 FM to our New Zealand Radio Guide. They are an LPFM station broadcasting on 87,6 MHz from Invercargill, in Southland, located at the southern end of New Zealand’s South Island.

3XY and the Falling Door

Back on April 19, 1944, there was a military parade through the downtown streets of Melbourne city with soldiers marching, a musical band from the Royal Air Force playing, and aircraft flying in formation overhead.  A prominent announcer from radio station 3XY, Alwyn Kurts, was in one of the accompanying aircraft and he was describing for listeners what he was observing in the parade on the city streets below.

Radio Dunedin at 100

In 2022 New Zealand radio station “Radio Dunedin” celebrates 100 years of broadcasting. The station was launched in late 1922, becoming the first radio station in New Zealand.

Auckland radio station sold to prominent Destiny Church members

Auckland radio station Base FM has been sold to prominent Destiny Church members George Ngatai and Raewyn Bhana​. The move was a surprise to many of the DJs working at the station, and some resigned in protest of the move.

The Radio Scene at the End of the Highway

The July (2022) issue of the Australian DX News presents an interesting story about plans for an amateur DXpediton to the Grassy Hill Lighthouse overlooking the small northern town of Cooktown, at the end of the highway in far northern Queensland.  This readable feature article reminds us that there have been three different eras associated with the radio scene in Cooktown.

Radio Tirana’s Kiwi Connection

During 2022 several articles appeared in New Zealand media looking at a New Zealand woman who worked as an announcer for Albania’s Radio Tirana English service during the Communist era. We take a look at some of them here in this feature.

American Radio Stations in New Zealand

Additional interesting information about American radio stations in New Zealand, back during the World War 2 era, and also subsequently.

American Radio Stations in New Zealand: The 1ZM Story

During the Pacific War in the middle of last century, American forces poured into the South Pacific by the million, with multitudes coming into Auckland also, for Rest & Refreshment and also as a staging area before transferring into the islands to the north. In prewar days, the American army officer Major Purnell H. Gould had been employed at radio station WFBR in Baltimore MD, and he was subsequently appointed as the regional commander for American forces entertainment radio stations in the Pacific.

Radio Station 2CM: The Very First Radio Broadcasting Station in Australia

According to radio historians, the very first radio broadcasting license in Australia was awarded to Charles Maclurcan due to his regular Sunday evening broadcasts over experimental amateur station 2CM.  The program content for each weekly broadcast was published in a radio magazine in advance, and each program was avidly followed by anywhere up to 5,000 listeners each week.

Lighthouse Radio in Australia

The second lighthouse in the waters of South Australia was constructed on Althorpe Island in 1879, and in 1925, the appointed lighthouse manger took his own informal amateur radio equipment ashore with him.  He communicated with mediumwave broadcasting station 5CL in Adelaide, and conveyed his appreciation for the broadcast of their radio programming…

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.