Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Shortwave Broadcast Direct from Australia - August, 1974

After I wrote that the baseball broadcast I shared last week sounded as if it was recorded over shortwave, I got to thinking about a set of multiple recordings that I have of Australian Shortwave programming.

Here's an example, featuring two 15 minute programs recorded in early August of 1974.

First up is a brief "magazine" style show, in which we are told about:

A man known only as "Arthur" who went around writing "Eternity on various pavements
A man who thinks the earth is going to run out of resources relatively soon, due to overpopulation
Robert Slatzer, who claimed to have been married to Marilyn Monroe for four days, and his expose book on her death, which he identified as a murder (followed by a short clip of Monroe singing)
A new method to quit smoking
A man who wants to build a giant statue that no one else is interested in

All in less than 15 minutes!

Then, it's MUSIC TIME, and a very friendly and knowledgeable folk singer named Dennis Gibbons sings us three traditional Australian folk songs, complete with detailed back stories (the back story for the third one is considerably longer than the song!). The songs are:

Lime Juice Tub
Ben Hall
The Overlanders

Enjoy this 41 year old trip through Australia!

Download: Shortwave From Australia, 1974

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bob,

    Firstly, I commend you for your dedication to preserving so many artifacts of times past. I discovered you via WFMU's Beware of the Blog, and have enjoyed a number of your treasures.
    Secondly, The Arthur refered to in this broadcast is Arthur Stace.

    And some info on Eternity .