Changing Stations: The story of Australian commercial radio by Bridget Griffen-Foley

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April 2010, no 320

Changing Stations: The story of Australian commercial radio by Bridget Griffen-Foley

University of New South Wales Press, $44.95 pb, 538 pp

Changing Stations: The story of Australian commercial radio by Bridget Griffen-Foley

by
April 2010, no 320

Having cut my narrative teeth on Dad and Dave and Martin’s Corner (and my critical molars on the Listener-In), I had high expectations of this book. Night after childhood night, I would wait agog for Wrigley’s Chewing Gum and a burst of rowdy music to usher in the outback doings of Dad and his hayseed family. Martin’s Corner, on the other hand, was brought to our living room by Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, which, we were assured, would ‘provide the essential bulk or roughage your system needs to keep it functioning healthily and regularly’. I didn’t know what this meant, but, such was the persuasive power of commercial radio, I believed it. Just as I believed from Sunday-night listening to the Lux Radio Theatre that ‘nine out of ten Hollywood stars used Lux for their daily active lather facials’, though I did wonder about the arid pores of that misguided ‘tenth’ star. The ABC was there for the news, but it was 3LK for entertainment, including such taxing intellectual games as Quiz Kids and Bob Dyer’s Pick-a-Box.

Brian McFarlane reviews 'Changing Stations: The story of Australian commercial radio' by Bridget Griffen-Foley

Changing Stations: The story of Australian commercial radio

by Bridget Griffen-Foley

University of New South Wales Press, $44.95 pb, 538 pp

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