The Early Days of 2KO Newcastle

Documents and Audio showcasing the early history of radio station 2KO in Newcastle, Australia from 1931 to 1965

The material used in this history has come from scrapbooks and transmitter logs held by 2KO, photos and
documents provided by the families of Jim Cowan, Ken Greenhalgh, Max Spitzkowsky, Harold Whyte and previous
staff members Rob Cornwell, Ron, Dorothy and Len Daley, Reg and Judy Davis, Ron Hurst, Roy Nielson, Russell
Thornton and Allan Whyte.

Steven Smith, GM of 2KO-FM provided access to the material held by the station.

Allan Bourne provided access to an assortment of equipment used by the station and information about its use.

Bill Hall donated the station’s first CRO and the front panel of the station built Noise and Distortion meter.

Lou Albert donated modules and circuits of the stations first AWA transmitter.

Reg Motion of the NZVRS provided the description of the General Radio Primary Frequency Standard.

Paul Schafer confirmed details of the transmitter remote control and programme automation systems used.

Len Daley made available the station’s first Soundscriber.

Jim Dangerfield supplied the recordings he made of Ken Greenhalgh recalling the early days.

A copy of this collection was donated to the Radio Heritage Foundation by Athol Greenhalgh in 2010.


Ken Greenhalgh Recalls the Early Days of 2KO Newcastle


A Technical History of 2KO 1931 to 1965


2KO Calling


10th Anniversary


Golden Key Brochure


Technical Documents

Name Downloads Version Last Modified Download File Size
Name Downloads Version Last Modified Download File Size
6 downloads 1.0 2021-08-31 Download 1.1 MB AWA Field Strength Report.pdf
6 downloads 1.0 2021-08-31 Download 792.4 KB rca77a.pdf
5 downloads 1.0 2021-08-31 Download 125.4 KB rca44bx.pdf
6 downloads 1.0 2021-08-31 Download 973 KB rca44b.pdf
7 downloads 1.0 2021-08-31 Download 3.3 MB GR Primary Frequency Standard.pdf
8 downloads 1.0 2021-08-31 Download 23.6 MB GE Wire Recorder.pdf
7 downloads 1.0 2021-08-31 Download 374.3 KB Gates Sta-level.pdf
7 downloads 1.0 2021-08-31 Download 446.2 KB Ampex 351.pdf

1955 Maitland Flood



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