Ra­dio 97 marks big mile­stone

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Liana Turner liana.turner@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

WHEN they first hit the air­waves of the Tweed eight decades ago, the world – and the broad­cast­ing in­dus­try – looked quite dif­fer­ent.

Ra­dio 97 this week marked an im­pres­sive 80 years since its stu­dios first went live in Mur­willum­bah on September 2, 1937.

Break­fast pre­sen­ter Scott May­man said it was lis­ten­ers who claimed the gifts when the sta­tion of­fered big birth­day give­aways from last week.

“I think it’s the long­est serv­ing ra­dio sta­tion in our area, from the Gold Coast to the Tweed,” Mr May­man said.

“There’s been lots of changes over the years... but it is still the lo­cal sta­tion for Mur­willum­bah. It’s the orig­i­nal form of so­cial me­dia.”

Fel­low host and long-time stal­wart, Leon De­lany said while the stu­dio tech­nol­ogy had trans­formed dra­mat­i­cally over the past 80 years, the sta­tion’s im­por­tance to the com­mu­nity had not wa­vered.

“The tech­nol­ogy cer­tainly had changed from the days of vinyl and tape to dig­i­tal,” he said.

“Ra­dio is still rel­e­vant as it al­ways will be be­cause it’s part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We’re just look­ing for­ward to the 100th birth­day in 2037.”

Mr De­lany insists he’ll still be around when that mile­stone hits.

Robyn Mclean said she’d been at the sta­tion for half of its ex­is­tence.

“It’s been great, and it’s a fam­ily at­mos­phere here,” she said.

The sta­tion, which was first broad­cast on fre­quency 1476 from Mur­willum­bah’s Aus­tral Build­ings and moved to Tweed Heads South in 1985, is avail­able on 972AM for the Tweed, 104.1FM for the Gold Coast and 103.5FM for other parts of the North­ern Rivers.

PHOTO: SCOTT DAVIS

CELEBRATON TIME: Tweed Coast Ra­dio 97 is cel­e­brat­ing its 80th year birth­day.

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