4AY Ayr – “The Voice of the North”

Edward ML Dahl was secretary and general manager of 4AY Ayr in the late 1930's. He was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Here he is at the 4AY microphone in 1938. © John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

C. D. McCARTHY, manager of 4AY Ayr, “The Voice of the North” exerts his influence from his town office, where his contacts make 4AY a busy station.

4AY issued this card to a listener in 1935
© Eric Shackle Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

The 4AY studios are two miles from Ayr, in a spacious tree-studded estate in the richest area of the Burdekin River Delta, the heart of the Cane Fields. The building is large and well appointed. Plans are under way for a new, up-to-date studio and administrative block to be erected shortly in the town.

4AY’s first studio

FRANK HOLMES who had five very successful years with 4RO Rockhampton as Senior Continuity writer and Announcer is Senior Announcer and takes care of continuity. In conjunction with Mr. DOIG, Announcer and programme arranger, he presents interesting and popular sessions. Two senior technicians are in charge of the handsome Philips Transmitter which operates on a wavelength of 309 metres (970 kilocycles). P. SORENSEN who has had wide experience with Qantas Airways and DON GUTHRIE formerly technician in charge of 4RO.

4AY has a clear signal. The station is only 10 miles from the Pacific sea-board, yet constant listeners as far west as Hughenden pick up 4AY with ease. The signal reaches north of Ingham and Innisfail and south to Bowen, Proserpine, Collinsville and Mackay

4AY “The Voice of the North”, Broadcast Year Book and Radio Listeners’ Annual of Australia 1946-47.

Editor: C C Faulkner.

© Ray Crawford Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation.

Digital version of text, images and layout © Radio Heritage Foundation 2009.

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