Celebrating classic LGBTI radio at the NFSA

Gaywaves was Sydney’s first gay and lesbian radio program. It was considered groundbreaking when it went to air in November 1979, at a time when homosexuality was still illegal in New South Wales. 

The program, broadcast weekly on Sydney community radio station 2SER, covered events such as HIV/AIDS rallies, Mardi Gras festivals, music, talkback, news and current affairs, and radio drama serials. Here are just some of the collection highlights from the NFSA's Gaywaves Project, which set out to preserve much of the history of LGBTI radio in Australia.

This project was made possible through the generosity of a bequest from the estate of Dietmar Hollman.