Golden Age of Australian Radio

Revisit the Golden Age of Australian Radio, where adventure, drama and comedy ruled the air.

The Dambusters

In 1954, Australasian Radio produced a radio dramatisation of The Dambusters based on Australian author Paul Brickhill’s best-seller of the same name, in 26 half-hour episodes. The series featured a top-line cast, most of who were ex-airmen.

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Afloat with Henry Morgan

Headed by Neil Stirling, in this spectacular radio production, “Afloat with Henry Morgan”, you will hear such well known radio stars as Warren Barry, Tom Farley, Kevin Brennan, Hilda Scurr, Diana Goller, Moray Powell, William Rees, Harry Howlett, Ken Fraser, along with narrator Ron Roberts. Besides using descriptive narrations to their fullest and best use, the exciting story abounds with action, suspicion and excitement.

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A Cavalcade of Kings

Listen Free. First broadcast on 11 June 1937 A Cavalcade of Kings dramatises the history of the British Monarchy. Beginning with Edward the Elder in the 10th century, this entertaining series takes the listener on a journey through the history of the British Isles, the battles, the marriages and the royal mischief, culminating in the reign of Queen Victoria. The series originally aired on 2UE Sydney on Friday nights at 7.30pm and ran from June 1937 to January 1938.

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The Ampol Show

Listen Free. The Ampol Show was a popular game-show programme during the 1950s, hosted by the legendary radio personality Jack Davey. Sponsored by the well-known petrol brand, the programme was broadcast through Sydney radio station 2GB and featured “Yes/No” quizzes, mystery melodies, tongue twisters and limericks that narrowed the competition down to two finalists who would compete for a jackpot.

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