Radio From Wikipedia:
"Many of radio's early uses were maritime, for sending telegraphic messages using Morse code between ships and land. The earliest users included the Japanese Navy scouting the Russian fleet during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905. One of the most memorable uses of marine telegraphy was during the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, including communications between operators on the sinking ship and nearby vessels, and communications to shore stations listing the survivors.
"Radio was used to pass on orders and communications between armies and navies on both sides in World War I; Germany used radio communications for diplomatic messages once its submarine cables were cut by the British. The United States passed on President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points to Germany via radio during the war.
"Broadcasting began to become feasible in the 1920s, with the widespread introduction of radio receivers, particularly in Europe and the United States. Besides broadcasting, point-to-point broadcasting, including telephone messages and relays of radio programs, became widespread in the 1920s and 1930s.
"Another use of radio in the pre-war years was the development of detecting and locating aircraft and ships by the use of radar (RAdio Detection And Ranging).
"Today, radio takes many forms, including wireless networks, mobile communications of all types, as well as radio broadcasting. Read more about radio's history.
"Before the advent of television, commercial radio broadcasts included not only news and music, but dramas, comedies, variety shows, and many other forms of entertainment. Radio was unique among dramatic presentation that it used only sound."
A website celebrating the amazing 1950s BBC radio series
"Journey Into Space was a science fiction series broadcast on BBC radio in the 1950s. It began in 1953 and lasted for three series by the end of which it had become a radio legend. The cliff-hanging adventures of Jet Morgan were broadcast on the Light Programme and enthralled millions of listeners in the age before television dominated home entertainment.
"Besides Jet, the Captain, there was cockney radio operator Lemmy Barnett, Doc Matthews and engineer Steven Mitchell. Their first trip was to the moon in Operation Luna. They later travelled to Mars in The Red Planet. The final serial told the tale of The World in Peril. The three stories were written by the man responsible for creating and producing the series, Charles Chilton - a producer whose credits included the Goon Show and Riders of the Range. Chilton had the unnerving method of writing each half-hour episode only days before the recording and also made pioneering use of tape and electronic effects. When transcription recordings of the show were made, the trilogy was sold abroad to 22 different countries.
“Andrew Faulds played Jet and was later to become Labour MP for Warley East. Lemmy was played originally by David Kossoff and later by Alfie Bass. Both were famous comedy actors but the character was played as a believable common man rather than cockney stereotype. Canadian playwright Guy Kingsley Poynter played Doc, while the Australian engineer Mitch was played in turn by Bruce Beeby, Don Sharp and David Williams. Most other voices were played by a young impressionist, David Jacobs, who was later to become the presenter of Juke Box Jury and one of the original presenters on Radio One.
“The characters may seem like Commonwealth stereotypes at first but after a couple of episodes when the perils of space kick in they become more believable. Chilton imbued his scripts with much authenticity - for example all the rockets took off at the right speed. It this documentary feel coupled with the eerie music of Van Phillips which made the series so engaging. Only audio drama could convey the isolation of space and create such a gripping atmosphere in the mind of the listener.
“After novelisations and comic strip adaptions, Jet's adventures were rested in 1958. There were a few spin-off series in the 1980s. The Return From Mars was a 90 minute play broadcast on BBC Radio Four. Space Force was an entirely new series broadcast late at night on Radio Two. When the original transcription recordings of Journey Into Space were rediscovered at the end of the decade they were repeated in full on Radio Two and have been released on BBC cassette throughout the 1990s in various abridged forms.”
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Radio New Zealand broadcasts over three nationwide networks; National Radio, Concert FM and the AM network which relays Parliamentary proceedings. Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) is our overseas shortwave service, broadcasting to the South Pacific and beyond, while Radio New Zealand News and Current Affairs provides comprehensive, up-to-the-minute news and current affairs information.
Radio New Zealand is a Crown entity established under the Radio New Zealand Act 1995.
Radio New Zealand provides listeners with exciting and independent radio programmes in accordance with the Radio New Zealand Charter.
Radio New Zealand broadcasts over three nationwide networks; Radio New Zealand National, Radio New Zealand Concert and the AM network which relays Parliamentary proceedings. Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) is our overseas shortwave service, broadcasting to the South Pacific and beyond, while Radio New Zealand News provides comprehensive, up-to-the-minute news and current affairs information.
National and Concert are funded by New Zealand On Air.
Contact information can be found on the Contact Us page.
Radio New Zealand — Brief History
Public broadcasting had its beginnings in 1925 when, under a five year contract, the government granted the Radio Broadcasting Company substantial income from radio dealers' licences and 25 shillings from each receiving licence on the condition that the company expand four existing stations in the main centres to establish a national non-commercial broadcasting system, the direct forerunner of today's National Radio.
Company income was insufficient to meet demands for expansion and 1931 legislation established the government-appointed New Zealand Broadcasting Board which was also dependent on licence fee income. In 1936 the first Labour government set up the National Broadcasting Service as a government department which soon added fully commercial stations.
After the war this system became the New Zealand Broadcasting Service (NZBS) and in 1962 government department status ended with the establishment of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC). During the next thirty years the system was changed numerous times but a public, non-commercial radio service remained as an integral part of the mix.
The 1995 Broadcasting Act established Radio New Zealand as a stand-alone, Crown-owned entity with major responsibilities being National Radio, Concert FM and Radio New Zealand International.
Radio New Zealand National
Broadcasting 24 hours a day, Radio New Zealand National reaches almost every New Zealander. Its programme mix includes news and current affairs, documentaries and features, drama and music. At least 33% of the music it broadcasts is New Zealand in origin.
Talk-orientated programmes make up 60% of air time. National is well known for its high profile programmes and personalities including 'Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan', 'Saturday Morning with Kim Hill' and 'Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw'.
Specialist features and documentaries produced exclusively for National focus on the interests of particular groups in the community.
Drama production includes plays and readings of New Zealand literature.
Maori programming can be heard across the schedule.
Radio New Zealand Concert
Radio New Zealand Concert is Radio New Zealand’s fine music network. Music comprises 85% of air time. Much of this is classical, with additional specialist music programmes covering jazz, contemporary and world music.
Concert actively promotes New Zealand music and composition, providing an important showcase for the best of the country’s performing artists. Its specialised production department commissions work from New Zealand musicians and composers, and initiates a wide range of music programmes. The station delivers live broadcasts of concerts and recitals both of New Zealand artists and visiting international artists.
Concert also features international programmes selected from public radio broadcasters overseas.
The AM network broadcasts all sittings of Parliament.
Radio New Zealand International
Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) provides vital news and information services, via its shortwave broadcasts to the South Pacific. It also provides a wide range of New Zealand programmes to listeners in the Pacific and beyond.
Radio New Zealand News
Radio New Zealand News are vital elements in our programming, providing impartial news and information to New Zealanders every day.
Radio New Zealand Sound Archives/Ngā Taonga Kōrero
Sound Archives / Ngā Taonga Kōrero is the country’s leading archive of contemporary and historical radio programmes. It is responsible for collecting, preserving and providing access to New Zealand’s audio heritage.
Replay Radio produces and sells copies of many interviews and programmes broadcast on National and Concert, plus selected material from other sources.
A website devoted to the life and works of the great English comedian, Tony Hancock
This Web site is dedicated to Anthony John Hancock; the lad himself - better known, by most of us, as Tony (Tubs) Hancock. Railway Cuttings is only one of the many places you'll find information about the late great Tony Hancock, via this wonderment of modern technology we call the World Wide Web / Internet. Whilst perusing the various collections / sections that can be found here at The Cuttings, you'll also come across (as well as the already mentioned general info), many many items of memorabilia, of which some have become quite rare and valuable collectors items, whilst others date back more then 40 years - all are accompanied by a picture / graphic - so you'll be under no illusion as to what an item, you may still need to add to your own collection, looks like... Which is always handy to know, if you're looking for something none specific, relating to the lad and/or his work. Several specially chosen links, can also be found, to a handful of other Web sites that have dedicated space, and it must be said much time and effort, to keeping alive the great name and works of this most brilliant of British post-war comic talents. So, roll up your sleeves, sit back and, above all else, reminisce in the nostalgia that was the lad himself - Tony Hancock.
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