Field trip to Radio Adelaide to meet station manage Chris Leese. Radio Adelaide aka 5UV is a community station has been home to most of South Australia’s student radio programs since the 1970s, including the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University. The station is structured to allow for access programs from community groups, originally including ethnic communities that went on to form 5EBI Multicultural Radio. The student unions paid to be on the airwaves as one of these access groups, and student radio in Adelaide was born! Student radio groups used a similar model to broadcast on other SA community stations closer to home, including 5PBA Para Broadcasters in Salisbury and 5YYY Triple Y in Whyalla. In 2019, there is no longer an official student union presence on Radio Adelaide. However, the station maintains links with the universities and continues to engage student volunteers. Each university continues student radio on campus in some capacity. Student radio always lives on. Long live student radio!
A brief history of the Radio Adelaide logos (and that’s not even all of them!). It is a myth that student radio at The University of Adelaide started in 1972 – in fact, 5UV, the title station, was owned and operated by the university, not the student union. It mostly broadcast academic material and access programs from various community groups. Student radio didn’t hit the Adelaide airwaves until 1974 with the pioneering Tim Potter and Kym Goldsworthy’s “Lead Balloon Show”. Since then student radio at Radio Adelaide had quite the history, with some of the most interesting innovations in student radio in Australia. It is a real pleasure to have Radio Adelaide as the focus of the current stage of my research.
An awesome graphic I picked up in Scrag (now Swine) of Tim Robinson, one of the very early participants in Swinburne radio. What better way to commemorate the 70s than a student radio officer with a mullet? Swinburne Radio went through a few phases, starting as 3RS, then 3SSS, 3SW and landing neatly on the 3SSR we know today. Swinburne has always been active on the student radio scene, and their radio’s history is characterised by extraordinary passion battling fierce student apathy. Such is life at a student radio station!
Cheers to the State Library of Victoriafor access to the archives! Please note journal dates are currently unknown, I am working on it but approximate 1972. #radio #studentradio #independentwriting #independentpublishing #independentscholarship #australianhistory #studentmedia #communityhistory #communityradio #mullet #cartoon #studentnewspaper #swinburne #swinburneuniversity #3SSR #3SW #swinburnewireless #swinburnestudentradio #diy #broadcasting #broadcast
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!