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    • Ovation TV
    • 60 mins
    • United States
    • Documentary

    This wonderfully nostalgic five-part history of Australian radio is hosted by Mike Hammond and features interviews with more than 100 of Australia's biggest radio names past and present - including Alan Jones, Tony Pilkington, Merrick and Rosso and Gary O' Callaghan. Produced by Graham McNeice Productions (Crime Investigation Australia), the series includes a multitude of great Australian radio moments and in-depth interviews that examine the impact radio has had on the lives of everyday Australians since its introduction in the 1920s including everything from the early days of radio dramas and comedies, the success of the radio quiz genre as well as the emergence of sport, music and talkback radio. Some of the countries best-loved voices will 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. Features a cavalcade of Australia's most high profile radio personalities including 'Golden Tonsils' John Laws, sports commentator Johnny Tapp; Howard Sattler; Bert Newton; Ray Hadley; John Blackman; Wayne Roberts and the iconic Alan Jones. The series delivers actual recordings of great moments in radio, together with the in-depth interviews with stars past and present.

    5 episodes

    1x01 Theatre of the Mind

    • Series Premiere

      no air date — 60 mins

    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.

    1x02 We're on the Air

    • no air date — 60 mins

    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.

    1x03 Music, Music, Music

    • no air date — 60 mins

    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.

    1x04 You Say You Want a Revolution

    • no air date — 60 mins

    A look at the almighty talkback genre, as well as the introduction of the FM band and a new generation of FM radio stars.

    1x05 Here's What's Happening

    • no air date — 60 mins

    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.

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