Retro Radio Dial: 1953 Australia, New Zealand & Pacific

Philips Radio Model 436-AN dial.

Includes Australia, New Zealand, Territory of Hawaii, Territory of Papua, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Guam, Ryukyu Islands, Bonin Islands, French Settlements in Oceania, New Caledonia, Fiji, Western Samoa, American Samoa, Pitcairn Island, Midway Island, Johnston Island, British Solomon Islands Protectorate, Anglo-American Condominium of Canton & Enderbury Islands.

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kcStationCountryState/IslandLocation
Mediumwave
500ZBPPitcairn IslandPitcairn IslandAdamstown
5404QLAustraliaQLDLongreach
5502CRAustraliaNSWCumnock
 KMVITerritory of HawaiiMauiWailuku
5606WA South WestAustraliaWAMinding
 7BUAustraliaTASBurnie
5702YANew ZealandNorthWellington
5803WV Western VictoriaAustraliaVICDoen
5904QRAustraliaQLDBrisbane
 KGMBTerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
6004ATAustraliaQLDAtherton
 7ZLAustraliaTASHobart
6102FCAustraliaNSWSydney
 KUAMGuamAgana 
6203ARAustraliaVICMelbourne
6304QN Northern QueenslandAustraliaQLDTownsville
 KPOATerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
 FEN Far East NetworkRyukyu IslandsOkinawaNaha
6405CK Northern South AustraliaAustraliaSACrystal Brook
6502NU Northern TablelandsAustraliaNSWManilla
 2BHAustraliaNSWBroken Hill
 2YCNew ZealandNorthWellington
6702CO RiverinaAustraliaNSWCorowa
6802KPAustraliaNSWSmithtown
6904KQAustraliaQLDBrisbane
 6WFAustraliaWAPerth
 KULATerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
 3YANew ZealandSouthChristchurch
7002NR Northern RiversAustraliaNSWLawrence
7107NT Northern TasmaniaAustraliaTASKelso
7202TR Manning RiverAustraliaNSWTaree
 4QAAustraliaQLDMackay
 6GF GoldfieldsAustraliaWAKalgoorlie
 7QTAustraliaTASQueenstown
 4YZNew ZealandSouthInvercargill
7305CLAustraliaSAAdelaide
7402BLAustraliaNSWSydney
 KSARRyukyu IslandsOkinawaNaha
7504QS Darling DownsAustraliaQLDDalby
7602NBAustraliaNSWBroken Hill
 KGUTerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
 1YANew ZealandNorthAuckland
7703LOAustraliaVICMelbourne
7802KAAustraliaNSWKatoomba
 4TOAustraliaQLDTownsville
 4YANew ZealandSouthDunedin
7904QGAustraliaQLDBrisbane
8005RMAustraliaSARenmark
 1YZNew ZealandNorthRotorua
8106WNAustraliaWAPerth
8202NA Hunter RiverAustraliaNSWNewcastle
8303GI GippslandAustraliaVICSale
 6GNAustraliaWAGeraldton
8404RKAustraliaQLDRockhampton
8502CYAustraliaACTCanberra
 KILATerritory of HawaiiHawaiiHilo
8604GRAustraliaQLDToowoomba
 7HOAustraliaTASHobart
 KIKITerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
 2YZNew ZealandNorthNapier
8702GBAustraliaNSWSydney
8803ULAustraliaVICWarragul
 4WKAustraliaQLDWarwick
 6PRAustraliaWAPerth
 1YCNew ZealandNorthAuckland
8905ANAustraliaSAAdelaide
9002LMAustraliaNSWLismore
 6BYAustraliaWABridgetown
 7ADAustraliaTASDevonport
 KMTH The Voice of the Mid PacificU.S. Naval Air Station MidwayMidway Island 
 4YCNew ZealandSouthDunedin
9104QB Wide BayAustraliaQLDPialba
9202XLAustraliaNSWCooma
 4VLAustraliaQLDCharleville
 6NAAustraliaWANarrogin
 KAHUTerritory of HawaiiOahuWaipahu
 3YZNew ZealandSouthGreymouth
9303UZAustraliaVICMelbourne
 ZJVFijiViti LevuSuva
9404QYAustraliaQLDCairns
 7ZRAustraliaTASHobart
 2ZANew ZealandNorthPalmerston North
9502UEAustraliaNSWSydney
9603BOAustraliaVICBendigo
 4AYAustraliaQLDAyr
 6TZAustraliaWABunbury
 3YCNew ZealandSouthChristchurch
9705DNAustraliaSAAdelaide
 KHBCTerritory of HawaiiHawaiiHilo
 1XNNew ZealandNorthWhangarei
9802KMAustraliaNSWKempsey
 6AMAustraliaWANortham
 2ZBNew ZealandNorthWellington
9902GZAustraliaNSWOrange
10003HAAustraliaVICHamilton
 4ROAustraliaQLDRockhampton
10104CAAustraliaQLDCairns
 4IPAustraliaQLDIpswich
 6GEAustraliaWAGeraldton
 7EXAustraliaTASLaunceston
 2XGNew ZealandNorthGisborne
10202KYAustraliaNSWSydney
10303DBAustraliaVICMelbourne
 VQOBritish Solomon Islands ProtectorateGuadalcanalHoniara
10405PIAustraliaSACrystal Brook
 4ZBNew ZealandSouthDunedin
10502CAAustraliaACTCanberra
10604SBAustraliaQLDKingaroy
10702RGAustraliaNSWGriffith
 6WBAustraliaWAKatanning
 1ZBNew ZealandNorthAuckland
10802MOAustraliaNSWGunnedah
 7HTAustraliaTASHobart
10903LKAustraliaVICLubeck
11004LGAustraliaQLDLongreach
 6MDAustraliaWAMerredin
 7LAAustraliaTASLaunceston
 3ZBNew ZealandSouthChristchurch
11102UWAustraliaNSWSydney
 KIPATerritory of HawaiiHawaiiHilo
11204BCAustraliaQLDBrisbane
 WVUVAmerican SamoaTutuilaPago Pago
11302ADAustraliaNSWArmidale
 3CSAustraliaVICColac
 2YDNew ZealandNorthWellington
11402HDAustraliaNSWNewcastle
11502WGAustraliaNSWWagga
 KANITerritory of HawaiiOahuKaneohe
11604MBAustraliaQLDMaryborough
 3XCNew ZealandSouthTimaru
11702CHAustraliaNSWSydney
11803KZAustraliaVICMelbourne
 2XMNew ZealandNorthGisborne
 VOA Voice of AmericaRyukyu IslandsOkinawa 
11902NZAustraliaNSWInverell
12005KAAustraliaSAAdelaide
 2XANew ZealandNorthWanganui
12102GFAustraliaNSWGrafton
 3YBAustraliaVICWarrnambool
 6KGAustraliaWAKalgoorlie
12204AKAustraliaQLDOakey
12302NC Hunter RiverAustraliaNSWNewcastle
12403TRAustraliaVICSale
 6IXAustraliaWAPerth
12502DUAustraliaNSWDubbo
 WVTVU.S. Air Force Air Station Johnston IslandJohnston Island 
 1YDNew ZealandNorthAuckland
 9PATerritory of PapuaNew GuineaPort Moresby
12603SRAustraliaVICShepparton
12702SMAustraliaNSWSydney
12803AWAustraliaVICMelbourne
12904BKAustraliaQLDBrisbane
13002TMAustraliaNSWTamworth
13105ADAustraliaSAAdelaide
 1XHNew ZealandNorthHamilton
13203BAAustraliaVICBallarat
 6KYAustraliaWAPerth
13303SHAustraliaVICSwan Hill
 4BUAustraliaQLDBundaberg
13402LFAustraliaNSWYoung
 6CIAustraliaWACollie
 2XNNew ZealandSouthNelson
13503GLAustraliaVICGeelong
 4GYAustraliaQLDGympie
13602NXAustraliaNSWBolwara
13702LTAustraliaNSWLithgow
 5SEAustraliaSAMt Gambier
 2XPNew ZealandNorthNew Plymouth
13802GNAustraliaNSWGoulburn
 4MKAustraliaQLDMackay
 KHONTerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
1385WXLEU.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific IslandsMarshall IslandsEniwetok
13904BHAustraliaQLDBrisbane
14002PKAustraliaNSWParkes
 5AUAustraliaSAPort Augusta
 2YXNew ZealandNorthWellington
14102KOAustraliaNSWNewcastle
14203XYAustraliaVICMelbourne
 2APWestern SamoaUpoluApia
14302WLWollongongNSWAustralia
 4XDNew ZealandSouthDunedin
14402MWAustraliaNSWMurwillumbah
 3CVAustraliaVICMaryborough
 WXLGU.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific IslandsMarshall IslandsKwajalein
14502MGAustraliaNSWMudgee
 7SDAustraliaTASScottsdale
14602NMAustraliaNSWMuswellbrook
 5MUAustraliaSAMurray Bridge
 ZKV NZ ArmyNew ZealandNorthWellington
14703MAAustraliaVICMildura
14802BEAustraliaNSWBega
 4ZRAustraliaQLDRoma
14902AYAustraliaNSWAlbury
 KTOHTerritory of HawaiiKauaiLihue
15002BSAustraliaNSWBathurst
 3AKAustraliaVICMelbourne
 5DRAustraliaNTDarwin
 Radio NoumeaNew CaledoniaGrande TerreNoumea
 FEN Far East NetworkBonin IslandsVolcano IslandsIwo Jima
1510KIBSAnglo-American Condominium of Canton & Enderbury IslandsPhoenix IslandsCanton Island
15202QNAustraliaNSWDeniliquin
15305ALAustraliaNTAlice Springs
 5LNAustraliaSAPort Lincoln
15402CNAustraliaACTCanberra
15602REAustraliaNSWTaree
15702LGAustraliaNSWLithgow
 4GMAustraliaQLDGympie
15805WMAustraliaSAWoomera
15904SOAustraliaQLDSouthport
16003NEAustraliaVICWangaratta

Note: KU5QI operated by the U.S. Navy Pacific Ocean Network also broadcast AFRS programs to Guam at this time but we’re currently unable to confirm the operating frequency used in 1953.

Shortwave
32412APWestern SamoaUpouluApia
3375Radio NoumeaNew CaledoniaGrande TerreNoumea
3980ZJVFijiViti LevuSuva
4897VLX4AustraliaWAPerth
4920VLM4AustraliaQLDBrisbane
5000WWVHTerritory of HawaiiKauaiPaunene
5995ZJVFijiViti LevuSuva
6035Radio NoumeaNew CaledoniaGrande TerreNoumea
60402APWestern SamoaUpouluApia
6080ZL7 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
6090VLI6AustraliaNSWSydney
6100ZJVFijiViti LevuSuva
6130ZL11 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
 VLT6Territory of PapuaNew GuineaPort Moresby
6135FZP8 Radio TahitiFrench Settlements in OceaniaTahitiPapeete
6145VOARyukyu IslandsOkinawa 
6150VLR6AustraliaVICMelbourne
6165VOATerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
6195VOATerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
6980FO8AA Radio TahitiFrench Settlements in OceaniaTahitiPapeete
7025Radio TahitiFrench Settlements in OceaniaTahitiPapeete
7100Radio TahitiFrench Settlements in OceaniaTahitiPapeete
7125Radio TahitiFrench Settlements in OceaniaTahitiPapeete
7160VOARyukyu IslandsOkinawa 
7220VLC7 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 ZL12 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
7240VLC7 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
7280VLA7 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLC7 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
7290ZL13 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
7859ZBPPitcairn IslandPitcairn IslandAdamstown
9200ZBPPitcairn IslandPitcairn IslandAdamstown
9520ZL18 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
9540VLB9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLC9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 ZL2 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
9560VLB9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLC9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
9580VLA9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLB9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
9610VLW9AustraliaWAPerth
 VLX9AustraliaWAPerth
9615VLA9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLB9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLC9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
9620ZL8 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
9650VLB9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VOATerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
9660VIQ9AustraliaQLDBrisbane
9680VLA9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLB9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLC9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
 VLH9 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
 VLR9AustraliaVICMelbourne
10000WWVHTerritory of HawaiiKauaiPaunene
11710VLA11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
11740VLB11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
11760VLA11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLB11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLC11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
11770VLA11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLB11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
11780ZL3 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
11790VOATerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
11810VLA11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLB11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLC11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 ZL9 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
11830VLW11AustraliaWAPerth
11838VOARyukyu IslandsOkinawa 
11840VLC11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
11850VLA11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLB11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
11870VLC11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
11880VLA11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLB11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
 VLH11AustraliaVICMelbourne
11900VLB11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG11 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
12110ZBPPitcairn IslandPitcairn IslandAdamstown
15000WWVHTerritory of HawaiiKauaiPaunene
15160VLB15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
15200VLA15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLB15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLC15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
15210VLC15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
15215VOARyukyu IslandsOkinawa 
15220VLA15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLC15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 ZL10 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
15230VLA15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
 VLH15AustraliaVICMelbourne
15240VLG15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
15280ZL4 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
15320VLA15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLB15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLC15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLG15 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICLyndhurst
15330VOATerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
17770ZL5 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
17790VLB17 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
17800VLA17 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLB17 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLC17 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VOATerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
17820ZL14 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
17840VLA17 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLC17 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
21480ZL15 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
21540VLB21 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
21580ZL16 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
21600VLA21 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
 VLB21 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
21680VLC21 Radio AustraliaAustraliaVICShepparton
25580ZL6 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
26000ZL17 Radio New ZealandNew ZealandNorthWellington
 
McStationCountryState/IslandLocation
FM
88.1KVOKTerritory of HawaiiOahuHonolulu
91.1ABC Experimental FMAustraliaVICMelbourne
92.1ABC Experimental FMAustraliaNSWSydney
97.3ABC Experimental FMAustraliaSAAdelaide

Stations in bold were the most powerful [50kW] or more on the air at the time and therefore dominated reception and influenced the spread of news, music, information and entertainment over a wider geographical area.

It Happened in 1953

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
Australia Prime Minister: Robert Menzies
New Zealand Prime Minister: Sidney Holland
US President: Dwight D Eisenhower
Hawaii Governor: Samuel W King
Royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II to New Zealand
Tangiwai rail disaster kills 153 in New Zealand
Oil discovered near Exmouth WA in Australia
Earthquake hits Viti Levu and Suva, Fiji
End of Korean War
Arrivals:
 
Playboy magazine
Pat Benetar
Pierce Brosnan
Alex Van Halen
Cyndi Lauper
Kim Bassinger
 
Departures:
 
Hank Williams
Joseph Stalin
Alice Prin ‘Kiki de Montparnasse’
Django Reinhardt
Rene Fonck
Dylan Thomas
Population:
 
Australia 8.858m
New Zealand 2.048m
Territory of New Guinea 1.299m
Territory of Hawaii 0.499m
Fiji 0.312m
British Solomon Islands Protectorate 0.111m
Western Samoa 0.089m
Guam 0.069m
French Settlements in Oceania 0.067m
U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands 0.061m
New Caledonia 0.060m
Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides 0.056m
Tonga 0.051m
Gilbert & Ellice Islands 0.040m
American Samoa 0.019m
Cook Islands 0.016m
 
Licensed Radio Receivers:
 
Australia 1.988m
New Zealand 0.492m
Territory of Hawaii 0.140m
Fiji 0.0032m
New Caledonia 0.0027m
Western Samoa 0.0006m

Favorite Movies of 1953: Your Personal Collection

Top 20 Singles

  Artist Song
 
1 Percy Faith The Song from Moulin Rouge
2 Les Paul & Mary Ford Vaya Con Dios
3 Patti Page [How Much is] That Doggie in the Window
4 Eddie Fisher I’m Walking Behind You
5 Ames Brothers You, You, You
6 Teresa Brewer Till I Waltz Again with You
7 Les Baxter April in Portugal
8 Perry Como No Other Love
9 Perry Como Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
10 Frankie Lane I Believe
11 Pee Wee Hunt Oh
12 Frank Chacksfield Ebb Tide
13 Nat King Cole Pretend
14 Richard Hayman Ruby
15 Stan Freberg St George and the Dragonet
16 The Hilltoppers PS I Love You
17 The Gaylords Tell Me You’re Mine
18 Julias La Rosa Eh Cumpari!
19 Tony Bennett Rags to Riches
20 Doris Day Anna

Top 5 Music Albums: Your Personal Collection

Reflecting on Australia, New Zealand, Pacific

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