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