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2CA’s 75th Birthday

By Samuel Gordon-Stewart - 13 November 2006 14

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.

What’s Your opinion?


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14 Responses to
2CA’s 75th Birthday
Thumper 8:15 am 16 Nov 06

Thanks Samuel, just about the time I first arrived in Canberra, but then I moved off again.

Yeah, 2CC used to play cool stuff like ‘The Sweet’ and, and….

I’ve forgotten now, probably Skyhooks and Sherbet and stuff like that…

ant 8:42 pm 15 Nov 06

I remember when 2CC got going, it was new and young and played hip music! 2CA was a doddery old thing then. It was in Canberra when my father was a kid, they had local kids in to sing songs on the radio.

Samuel Gordon-Stewar 7:55 pm 15 Nov 06

Thumper, 2CC started on October 31, 1975. Hope this helps.

LurkerGal 11:03 am 15 Nov 06

Ok, I’ll pull my head in then.

Thumper 10:16 am 15 Nov 06

When did 2CC start? I remember coming to Canberra for a school excursion in about 1978 and they had some sort of outdoor radio gig on in Garema Place.

From memory it was 2CC.

Kerces 9:51 am 15 Nov 06

LG, Johnboy decided to host the pictures here; he could have declined to put them up when Sam sent them.

Ari 9:45 am 15 Nov 06

In private, I bet Samuel still calls radio “the wireless”.

Thumper 9:38 am 15 Nov 06

Does anyone else find Samuel’s obsession with radio and old radio jocks slightly disturbing?

Oh, nice pics by the way, I didn’t realise radio had been around for so long in the ACT.

Absent Diane 8:47 am 15 Nov 06

I would say that they have last 74 years too long.

LurkerGal 8:34 am 15 Nov 06

Samual, your stalking of 2CA staff is inappropriate at the best of times, (have you READ any of your e-mails) but I really don’t think we need photos of this chewing up bandwidth over here as well.

Smackbang 1:23 pm 14 Nov 06

i have stumbled across 2ca’s breakfast show on the odd occasion as i flick through the stations in the car. it is atrocious.

simto 1:14 pm 14 Nov 06

Podcasting for slow people…

wagga_wagga 1:12 pm 14 Nov 06

Radio? Radio?

What’s Radio?

Whitey 9:02 am 14 Nov 06

Ahhh – I’ll have to don my old “Life Sation 2CA” t-shirt this arvo.

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