Immediate, intimate, portable and inexpensive, radio is the most pervasive medium in Australia. Changing Stations is the first full-scale, national history of commercial radio in Australia, from the experiments and schemes of the 1920s through to the eve of the introduction of digital radio in 2009.
Contents: Part 1: The industry. 1. The birth of a hybrid -- 2. The wallflower years -- 3. From scarcity to abundance. Part 2: The programs. 4. From ʻUncle Frankʾ to ʻMamma Lenaʾ: Radio and community -- 5. Parrots and patrols: Radio and social service -- 6. Radio ministries: Religious broadcasting -- 7. The ʻgolden ageʾ of entertainment ! = and beyond -- 8. From community singing to rock ʻn roll -- 9. Sporting chances -- 10. ʻFirst with the newsʾ: From news to talkback -- 11. ʻItʾs a radio electionʾ -- 12. ʻDial-in democracyʾ: Talkback, news and politics. Postscript. Appendices: A. Regulatory timeline -- B. Commercial radio licences -- C. Sydney program guides, 1938-2008.