Tuesday the 14th of November is the birthday of Canberra’s oldest radio station, 2CA, who turn 75 years old, and they’ll be celebrating by having an outside broadcast from the site of their first studio at 42 Giles Street. Apparently it’s a coffee shop now…something along the lines of “Hungrycinos”, although I can’t find that place in the phone book. I do know that it’s next to the BWS bottle shop.
2CA will have their first paid employee, the now 90 year old or thereabouts, George Barlin co-hosting the breakfast show (which will be the only show being broadcast from Kingston).
Among the celebrations, at about 7:45 there’ll be a really big cake, at about 8:15 they will unveil a plaque, and there will be plenty of prizes and giveaways (I’m told that there is a holiday among the prizes) as well.
And just for those amongst us who probably have very little spare time between breakfast and getting to work in the morning, 2CA will be offering up a barbecue breakfast.
Peter Leonard, who worked at 2CA for a while, will also make an appearance, along with plenty of other ex-2CA staff.
The Outside Broadcast will run from 6am to 9am and I would imagine that there will be people loitering for a little while after the event as well. It sounds like it should be a lot of fun, and I’ll email some photos to Johnboy later in the day (after work to be a bit more precise).
UPDATE ED: As promised, Sam has sent in some pictures and even a video for your delight. This first is 2CA’s birthday cake.
Peter Leonard, George Barlin and Cheryl McKay (did admin work for 2CA many years ago)
Paul Blunt, Cheryl McKay and Leighton Archer
Paul Blunt, Peter Leonard and Leighton Archer
Some of the excited (and cold looking) crowd
And for anyone interested, you can watch Sam’s video of the the singing of Happy Birthday and cake cutting on YouTube.