Neale Hoggan discovered our Women in Radio curated collection, and he immediately thought of his mother. He decided to contact the NFSA and share the story of her years behind the microphone.
Enid Hoggan was employed in the late 1940s at radio 2CK Cessnock (now 2NM), as stenographer secretary to Jack Ryan, the manager. She prepared scripts for on-air presentation and played pre-recorded material from the then-modern wire recorder.
Along with shorthand and typing Enid had studied elocution and spoke well. Jack Ryan recognised the quality of her voice and insisted that she try announcing. On air Enid presented news, music and read copy at various times of the day, throughout 1949 and 1950.
But Enid had been reluctant to announce, so when the other announcers required her to join Actors Equity or face a strike, she happily resumed her original role as secretary. She commented that announcers were paid at the base of the clerks' rate in those days, and that her position as stenographer secretary to the manager paid better. Perhaps Enid may have stayed on air if the remuneration had been fairer?