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Jun 26 2017

Remembering Listener In, TV Scene

It is 30 years ago this week that Melbourne’s TV Scene ceased publication after 62 years. It began as a radio magazine, Listener In, in 1925. By 1937 it had converted to a newspaper format. With television arriving in 1956, the Listener In showed it was adapting with the times… by adding “TV” to the …

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Nov 13 2016

Obituary: Bob Francis

Former Adelaide radio and television broadcaster Bob Francis has died at the age of 77. Born in Egypt, Francis came to Adelaide in 1947 and ten years later started in radio at 5DN. While working at station 5AD, Francis was credited with leading the campaign to have The Beatles add Adelaide to their Australian tour …

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Oct 03 2016

Ernie Sigley diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Former radio and television personality Ernie Sigley (pictured) has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The family of the 78-year-old entertainer released a statement earlier today that he had been living with the disease for most of this year. The family released the statement after various approaches from media over the weekend with Sigley’s beloved Western Bulldogs winning …

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Mar 08 2015

Television and the Greater 3UZ

This website doesn’t often acknowledge the history of radio but today is an exception. Radio station 3UZ, Melbourne’s first commercial radio station, turns 90 years old today. The station has had many links to television over the decades — even years before television began. 3UZ and rival station 3DB were partners in experimental television transmissions as far back …

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Oct 17 2014

Anne Wills for Adelaide’s Feast Festival

For 50 years, Anne Wills has been an icon of Adelaide. From early beginnings as a contestant on NWS9‘s Telethon Quest she was soon appointed as weather presenter for NWS9 in 1965. She famously made front page news when she promised that she would wear a bikini on screen if the temperature hit 100 degrees fahrenheit (37.8°C) …

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Jul 30 2014

ATV10… A new decade, a new channel

[Part III of this week’s theme commemorating 50 years of Network Ten which made its first appearance on 1 August 1964 with the launch of ATV0 (now Ten) in Melbourne. Refer also to Part I and Part II posts] The dawn of the 1980s marked a significant chapter in the life of ATV0 as it …

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Apr 17 2014

Jack Benny and JO’K in 1964 Good Friday Appeal

Legendary American comedian Jack Benny (pictured) was the special guest at the Sporting Globe-3DB-HSV7 Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal in March 1964. Benny, visiting Australia for a series of stage shows in Sydney and Melbourne plus a TV special, appeared on the annual telethon during the afternoon as well as being the star attraction for …

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Dec 10 2013

HSV7 says goodbye to analogue

This morning’s switch off the analogue signal for HSV7 was marked with a five-minute tribute to 57 years of the station. Opening with an introduction by Eric Pearce (pictured) from an early test transmissions in 1956, the tribute included snapshots of many HSV programs and personalities, including Ian Turpie, Brian Naylor, Olivia Newton John, Bert Newton, …

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Nov 13 2013

Sandy Roberts leaving Seven after 40 years

Veteran sports presenter and commentator Sandy Roberts (pictured) is leaving the Seven Network after 40 years. He is reported to be moving to Fox Footy, a move that was rumoured in press reports earlier this year. Roberts’ departure from Seven News was announced via newsreader Peter Mitchell on Twitter:   OUT: S.Roberts (unrestricted free agent, traded) …

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Jun 22 2012

40 is a lotto years

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the first Tattslotto draw. The numbers game had been a hit in Europe and on Thursday, 22 June 1972, it made its debut in Australia. The first Tattslotto draw, with a total prize pool of $168,450, was broadcast on HSV7 Melbourne, hosted by news man David Johnston and “Tattslotto girl” Lucy …

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