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Crisis for Local Community Television

Posted by ken On April - 7 - 2015

Crisis for Local Community Television     Since multi-channel free-to-air television went digital, the amount of program choices has increased, but its not always what the public wants. The viewer is heading online to satisfy their needs, with the government and free-to-air station’s answer for more eyeball fodder, being the abundance of dedicated shopping channels that […]

Life and Work on the Other Side of Your TV Screen

Posted by ken On March - 21 - 2015

Life and Work on the Other Side of Your TV ScreenEngineering TVW7 in the 1960s and 1970s     The Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television (AMMPT) not only conduct the Sunday morning Classic Movies at the Cygnet Cinema once a month, but also have regular In Focus Presentations, where historians or veterans of […]

The Origins of the Whitfords Broadcasting Network

Posted by ken On May - 15 - 2014

The Origins of the Whitfords Broadcasting Network by ‘Gus Slater ‘Poppa’ Frank Whitford in 1934 Photo – Stan Gervas     Thanks to scribes Stan Gervas and Harry Atkinson, coupled with the folk-lore imparted by other contemporary Whitford employees who contributed to my incubation in the broadcasting industry, we have a fairly comprehensive picture, particularly, of […]

Tribute to Bill McCutcheon (1941-2013)

Posted by ken On June - 23 - 2013

Graeme William “Bill” McCutcheon 1 April 1941 – 12 June 2013     ABC South West announced from the Bunbury studios, to their loyal listeners through 6BS Busselton, 6WA Wagin, 6BR Bridgetown and 6MJ Manjimup, the sad news that Bill McCutcheon has passed away. Bill was known as the voice of breakfast on ABC radio through […]

Tribute to Peter Dean (1937 – 2013)

Posted by ken On March - 19 - 2013

Peter Dean     The local broadcasting legend Peter Dean passed away in the early hours of 13th of March 2013 at St John of God Hospital Murdoch, aged almost 76, following a short and courageous battle with Motor Neuron Disease. 7News : Peter Dean dies 7NEWS One of the great stars of West Australian television […]

Tribute to Errol Battersby (aka Jim Beam)

Posted by ken On February - 24 - 2013

Perth’s radio industry is mourning the loss of a familiar voice and big personality, the former 6KY, 6IX, 6PR, 6PM and 92.9 announcer known as Jim Beam, who passed away, aged 69. Errol Battersby (aka Jim Beam) He worked at 5KA Adelaide during the late 1960s, using his real name Errol Battersby on air. He […]

We wish to advise that Perth science-teacher-turned-history-author and founder of the Light and Sound Discovery Centre, Richard Rennie, has produced an exciting new reference to everything old in relation to Western Australia wirelesses and gramophones. NEW PUBLICATION The Encyclopedia of Western Australian Wirelesses and Gramophones by Richard Rennie. In the first half of the twentieth […]

Wireless Hill Celebrates its Centenary

Posted by ken On October - 4 - 2012

Sunday 30th of September, 2012 was the culmination of a series of events to celebrate the centenary of Wireless Hill this year. Scheduled events prior included a Sculpture Walk in February/March; an outdoor film night in March; a history of Wireless Hill talk in March; National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week activities […]

The 6WF Story – Part 1 of 3

Posted by ken On August - 20 - 2012

Perth science-teacher-turned-history-author and founder of the Light and Sound Discovery Centre, Richard Rennie, tells the early story of how Perth’s radio station 6WF became the ABC’s first broadcasting outlet in Western Australia. Richard’s talk, which has been presented at a number of venues, is now a video that can be viewed online, and embedded within […]

The 6WF Story – Part 2 of 3

Posted by ken On August - 20 - 2012

The Australian Broadcasting Commission The Australian Broadcasting Company was disappointed with the revenue derived from licences and decided not to seek a renewal of the contract for the provision of programs over the National Service. The Government prepared legislation for an Australian version of the British Broadcasting Corporation. On 17 May 1932, the necessary legislation […]


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