A look at how quickly radio ascended from a novelty to an essential part of life for most Australian households.
A look at the early days of radio, charting its rise from crystal sets through to first broadcasts and advertisements, the emergence of commercial stations and radio personalities, and how the public’s voracious appetite for daily music, sport, news and conversation hinted at what radio would become.
Guest contributor Jennifer Bowen shares extracts from several rare regional radio programs in the NFSA collection funded by the Rural Bank of NSW.
The NFSA provided nearly three-quarters of the footage used in the groundbreaking four-part series Australia in Colour.
The NFSA is now the custodian of more than 20,000 vinyl long play records from the SBS 3EA Melbourne and SBS Sydney 2EA radio collections.