When wireless was wireless

A “who’s who” of Melbourne radio gathered today for the launch of Thanks for Listening: A History of Australian Radio.

Household names like Derryn Hinch, John Blackman, Barry Bissell, Phillip Brady, Bruce Mansfield, Bud Tingwell and Red Symons joined with other colleagues from 3AW, MMM, MIX and GOLD to help launch what is shaping up to be the most comprehensive look at the medium of radio in this country.

Foxtel is conducting launches of the 5 part series right around the country, with Sydney’s big day due tomorrow.

The History Channel has a good track record of locally-produced documentaries and this one by producer Graham McNeice looks like being no exception.

McNeice, who has produced the successful Crime Investigation Australia series, has criss-crossed the country to talk to more than 100 radio figures.

The series looks at serials, news, talkback, music and FM radio.

The History Channel will air the highly anticipated, locally-produced FOXTEL series THANKS FOR LISTENING – The History of Australian Radio on Sunday, November 18 at 7:30pm AEDST.

Hosted by Mike Hammond, the five part series will feature interviews with more than 100 of Australia’s biggest radio names – past and present.

Produced by Graham McNeice Productions (Crime Investigation Australia), the one-hour episodes include a multitude of great Australian radio moments and in-depth interviews that will examine the impact radio has had on the lives of everyday Australians since its introduction in the 1920’s.

A first for Australian television, the must-watch new series covers all aspects of Australian radio.

Some of the countries best-loved voices take viewers on a nostalgic journey from the days of radio plays and comedies to the vast array of radio stars now heard every day all around the country.

EPISODE ONE – Theatre of the Mind – This episode examines how radio takes hold of our imagination, how it transports us to other places and times, and opens up new worlds of music and entertainment, creating powerful pictures in our minds.

EPISODE TWO – We’re on the Air – How does it work? How did radio in Australia begin? These questions are answered, and we look at the emergence of radio networks, commercials and the important role of women throughout the history of Australian radio.

EPISODE THREE – Music, Music, Music – We all remember hearing our favourite songs for the first time on the radio. In this episode we showcase the effect of music on the Australian radio industry as well as the emergence and power of breakfast radio.

EPISODE FOUR – You Say You Want a Revolution – A look at the almighty talkback genre, as well as the introduction of the FM band and a new generation of FM radio stars.

EPISODE FIVE – Here’s What’s Happening – In radio’s early history, most Australians received their news and sport from the wireless. This episode highlights radio’s role in reporting the biggest news events and happenings from Australia and around the world.

THANKS FOR LISTENING – The History of Australian Radio will premiere on The History Channel on Sunday, November 18 at 7:30pm AEDST.

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