2QN Deniliquin: ‘The Riverina Station’

John Bushby signed this 2QN listener card c1949 © Cleve Costello Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

2QN is situated in the heart of the fertile and wealthy Riverina district of N.S.W. Its signal is heard far afield where the popularity of its programmes is reflected in the large mail which flows into the station every day.

John Pearce, 2QN

Popularity of the station has been due in no small manner, to the new manager – chief announcer JOHN PEARCE who, just discharged from the R.A.A.F. took up duties with 2QN in August 1945. John has a personal touch which ensures him a large audience and makes his sessions popular. With several years of radio experience, he joined the R.A.A.F. and served as a Pilot. In that Service, he always seemed to be organising something – stage shows, broadcasts and even, we believe, smoke parties. He is an expert musician, and once led to the piano is hard to dislodge even with the largest missiles. While John was in Canada with the Air Force, he was the first and only Australian to compere “Command Performance,” from C.F.A.C., Calgary, Alta.

Mary Conallin, 2QN

MARY CONALLIN, dark, pretty, is the evening announcer who carries QN’s programmes along with the type of music which finds wide appeal in the homes round the district. Mary has been in the radio business not much more than a year, but her polished and happy style speaks well for the future, of happiness and jolly programmes in the Riverina.

J.E. Bushby, 2QN

JOHN ERIC PALMER BUSHBY, who, incidentally uses all four names in broadcasting (“just for confusion of creditors” his friends are permitted to say), is the chief-engineer and an announcer at 2QN. With the degree of A.M.I.R.E. (Aust.) he joined the staff in 1943. Before that he had an interesting career. He commenced it on the mechanical side of newspaperdom, and after becoming a journeyman, worked on a number of newspapers in the Southern States. John (known as John Eric) entered the field of entertainment per medium of the flickering lights of cinematography (showing of) and he holds the Victorian all-classes certificate for the Projection of sound films. He finally saw the light, and branched off into radio with 2QN, and his listeners are more than happy with his programme, “Pals of the Prairie.”

Bob Donovan, 2QN

BOB DONOVAN, conducts 2QN’s racing session “Preview on Racing” every Friday night. In this programme he gives the fans all the good things for the next day’s racing in Sydney and Melbourne. Bob was with the station for several years before he enlisted in the Air Force. He was discharged from the R.A.A.F., only a few days before he came back with the same good news on racing. He has had many years of experience in journalism, having been with the Sydney Guardian, Smith’s Weekly and other papers. Bob’s latest session “Football Prelude,” shows every sign of hitting the proverbial jackpot in radio entertainment.

So much for the personalities. But many DX fans will read this book, so here is the technical data on 2QN’s transmission.

The station radiates on a frequency of 1440 Kcs. 208 metres. The transmitter is situated three miles from the township of Deniliquin and sends out its signal from a modern tubular steel quarter wave Marconi mast 175 feet in height. The Aerial power is 200 watts.

And now, a little of the history of 2QN:-

1935 saw the commencement of transmission in Deniliquin when the station pushed a meagre 50 watts into the blue. In September 1936, the power was increased to 100 watts, and in July of 1939 to 200 watts. The Regent Broadcasting Company took over the operation in 1941.

During the station’s infancy, a fire ravaged the premises and the small company who controlled 2QN had to start again from scratch.

2QN is a modern station; an abundance of request programmes and modern dance music to keep listeners bright.

Sum it up and you have – 2QN the happy station.

2QN Deniliquin ‘The Riverina Station’, 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 2012.

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