U3A at NFSA: Tuning in the Wireless

U3A at NFSA: Tuning in the Wireless

Fri
19
Fri 19 Apr 10:00 AM

Theatrette
General Admission
All Ages
150 Mins
April
Fri 19 Apr

Presented by Marilyn Dooley

Australian radio celebrated its centenary on 23 November 2023 and continues to play an integral role in Australian media.  

The radio was a significant and much-loved community and household feature for the generations of the 30s, 40s and 50s. As well as its news and entrainment, radio from these decades offers us a social history of Australia: from wartime declarations to nuclear tests, from Quiz Kids to quiz shows, from long-running soaps to now iconic programs such as Blue Hills and Dad and Dave from Snake Gully. They were joined by Argonauts, a Muddle-Headed Wombat, Australia’s Amateur Hour and a cavalcade of radio dramas.  
 
Historic radio programs are not out of date, nor should they be merely relegated to dusty shelves. This session explores the cultural significance of radio, which continues to be an integral part of Australia’s media.  


The presentation will be enriched by the playing of selected historic radio broadcasts.  


Part of a series of free U3A events exploring audiovisual history, presented by NFSA Owls at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (formerly NFSA Alumni). Session includes a tea break.  
April
Fri 19 Apr

Theatrette

1 McCoy Circuit Acton, Australian Capital Territory, 2601