The first interview of the entire book; here I am pictured with Ralph Knight of 3CR Community Radio last year. Although Ralph was not involved in the student stations I was hoping, he was heavily involved in the beginning of 3CR and 3RPH (now Vision Australia Radio) in Melbourne and has worked in Australian radio and television for over 40 years. You can still catch Ralph on Swing & Sway (mad show!) every Sunday. In this first interview, I was 23 and will admit now I had no idea what I was doing. But jumping in head first paid off and this lead to a chain of referrals which allowed me to complete my first chapter on one of the first student radio stations in Australia, 3DR Draft Resistance Radio (pirate radio). Thank you for your time Ralph and your hard work!
Smashing image promoting Radio ANU in Woroni (ANU’S student newspaper) 1974. Radio ANU later became community radio 2XX FM in Canberra, and much later its student radio component at ANU was replaced by Woroni Radio.
Grand old time trolling through old copies of Empire Times – this series was 1993, just before the student union FUSA broadcast o 101.5fm in 1996. Evidence suggests Flinders Uni students officially broadcast on Radio Adelaide’s student radio programs as early as 1986, alongside Adelaide University Union at The University of Adelaide. Names used to broadcast included Flindersradio, FUR Radio, FLO Radio. Big thank you to the State Library of South Australia and Flinders University Library for access to these records. That is, two plane rides, an Airbnb in Unley and 5 days of non stop, painstaking research. If my eyes don’t fall out first, I look forward to publishing this chapter!
@synmedia here’s a blast from the past – the clever kids at 3ST, RMIT’s original student radio station, set up these box ads l on pages 3, 8, 9 and 11 of an issue of Catalyst to reveal the 1973 “eclectic circus” campaign. I love the creativity of this ad spread and how 3ST in this period always carved their own path and did something a little different. 3ST was also one of the first campus radio stations in Australia. Eventually they went into an amalgamation of radio stations and projects that become SYN media. Love ya stuff SYN!