1 February 2024

Radio 100 Symposium: 100 Years of Commercial Radio in Australia

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Still of a small personal radio

The NFSA celebrates 100 years of commercial radio in Australia, in partnership with the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University. Photo: NFSA.

The first officially licensed radio broadcast in Australia hit the airwaves in November 1923 – the rest is history. From AM/FM to CB, transistors, audiobooks and podcasts, Australia is a nation of audiophiles. We tune in for breaking news and in times of crisis, as well as to discover new music, pass the time on our daily commutes, and to enjoy familiar voices chatting to us on topics of interest.

As part of the Radio 100 celebration, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is proud to partner with the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University to present three fascinating presentations on Australian commercial radio’s ‘golden days’. Join us as we share knowledge and insights, with a healthy dose of curiosity and plenty of nostalgia.

10.00am – Introduction: Patrick McIntyre, CEO of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
10.15am – John Potts: ‘The Commercial in Australian Commercial Radio: The Power of the Sponsor, 1930s – 1950s’
11.15am – Virginia Madsen: ‘Sounding dramas and legacies of amnesia in commercial radio audio fiction, from broadcast nostalgia to podcast new wave’
12.15pm – Lunch break (sandwiches, pastries and Red Brick coffee available for purchase at the NFSA Cafe
1.15pm – Bridget Griffen-Foley: ‘From Cupid’s Conquests to Midnight Matchmaker: Romance on Australian Commercial Radio’
2.15pm – Concluding remarks
2.40pm – Close

After the symposium, we invite you to take the opportunity to relax and chat with friends in the NFSA’s beautiful 1930s courtyard, or to visit newly refurbished spaces in the NFSA’s distinctive Art Deco building: The Library and Mediatheque.

The Details
What: Radio 100 Symposium
When: Wednesday 14 February 2024, from 10am
Where: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (Theatrette)
Cost: Free, bookings essential. Get tickets here.

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