You could hardly choose a more appropriate blog to interview me. A very groovy American named Jose asked asked some fantastic, insightful questions about the project and it was a pleasure to be interviewed by a fellow enthusiast. Here’s a link to the interview, and I’d encourage any of my weird radio cohorts to explore the rest of the blog, it’s bloody fantastic!
Pirate Radio 3DR – Make Radio Not War, Episode 1 of the Student Radio History Podcast. As a sort of accident, this illegal station became Australia’s biggest pirate radio project in history. There have been small pirate radio projects before and after 3DR, but none as organised, as ambitious or as notorious as 3DR. This is the FIRST TIME this infamous story has been put together comprehensively and accurately.
In 1971, students and activists created 3DR Draft Resistance Radio created as part of a protest against the Vietnam War. This is the story of a group of young people inadvertently building the first community radio station in Australia.
Get some radio in your life, listen to the podcast, and stay radical Australia!
Current SYNner Tom showing radio veteran of 40 years John Maizels how to speak into a microphone! Hahahaha. John was part of 3ST (SYN’s grandparent) in early 70s at RMIT. He cofounded the Monash student radio station, was a part of 3CT at Caulfield Tech, was one of the founding members of PBS and conducted the first test broadcast for 3CR. He joined the ArtSmitten team at SYN for an interview while he was in town for the CBAA conference. During the interview he recalls the time broadcast from inside the elevators on campus for 3ST, making him responsible for the the newspaper headline “Radio’s Rise and Fall”. Today, John is the president of Technorama and a community radio legend! Tom and Marcie co-host and co-produce ArtSmitten on SYN Wednesdays and Sundays. Although they never broadcast from a moving lift, they are handsome, talented, groovy SYNners – and hey, they gave the book a shout out, so they have great taste!