Radio 100 Symposium: 100 years of commercial radio in Australia

An old-fashioned bench-top Philips radio with a round tuning dial on the front
14 February
NFSA Theatrette
FREE (Bookings essential)

In partnership with the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University

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 our Radio 100 celebration, the NFSA is proud to partner with the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University to deliver 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.

Attendance is free (bookings essential).



10am – 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 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.



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