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[HCDX] Second RNZI Mailbox Documentary Celebrates 60 Years of RNZ Shortwave
Radio New Zealand International
60th Anniversary 1948-2008
RNZI Mailbox Documentary Sep 15
Listen to Mailbox on RNZI on Monday September 15 as David Ricquish of
the Radio Heritage Foundation continues to explore the history of
shortwave radio in New Zealand.
On September 27 1948, the shortwave division of the NZ Broadcasting
Service began broadcasts to Australia and the South Pacific from two
low powered war surplus transmitters located near Wellington.
In this second special Mailbox documentary this month, the focus
shifts to the voices of the people who have given the station a
unique sound over the years.
You'll hear Cleve Costello who began This Radio Age in 1948 and Arthur
Cushen the world famous blind DXer whose program Arthur Cushen's DX
World became one of the longest running programs of its kind.
Special programs for Japanese listeners, band music lovers, and even
an original Mailbox show with Christine Cole answering listeners
letters from 1951. They're all here as we look at the story of Radio
New Zealand through to the end of the last century.
Throughout September, you'll hear several programs celebrating 60
years of shortwave service to the Pacific. As well as these two radio
heritage documentaries on Mailbox, other programs will also feature
interviews with today's RNZI people and a look into the future for
shortwave radio in the Pacific and the growth of RNZI.
Visit www.rnzi.com for shortwave frequencies and times and to
download an audio on demand version of the new program available from
September 15 for the remainder of the month and through until
mid-October. You can also hear the first program aired on September 1
that details how shortwave radio got started in New Zealand.
At www.radioheritage.net, look for 'Radio New Zealand Signs On', an
article celebrating the first broadcasts from the original shortwave
service in 1948.
For more information about early radio broadcasting in the Pacific
including stories and images and the popular 'Art of Radio Hawaii'
online art exhibition, visit www.radioheritage.net today.
Full searchable lists of todays AM and shortwave stations across the
Pacific are available free online in the Pacific Asian Log Radio
Guides. An FM guide is currently in preparation.
The Radio Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization registered
with the Charities Commission in New Zealand and connects the
heritage of radio broadcasting and popular culture across the
Radio New Zealand International is the award winning shortwave
broadcaster serving the Pacific from Wellington, New Zealand since
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