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  1. In Defeat We’ll Always Try: the death of the Fitzroy Lions - Hindsight - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    This is a story all about the game, and the hardcore business, of the code once known as Aussie Rules. It may have slipped from public memory, but it remains a bitter pill in the hearts of some followers of one football team. In 2011, the AFL signed a $1.25 billion television rights deal—so it’s hard to imagine that, a little over a decade ago, a debt of a few million dollars was enough to send one of Australian football’s foundation clubs under. But that’s what happened to the Fitzroy Football Club.

    In the early days of the Victorian Football League, Fitzroy was king of the code—they were known as the Maroons, and in the early decades of the 20th century, they won seven premierships. Between the wars, they came to be known as the Gorillas, and in 1944, they snatched another premiership.

    But since that last wartime victory, Fitzroy’s prowess began to dwindle—and even with the moniker ‘the Lions’, they finally became known as the ‘lovable losers’.

    And so it was, in 1996, that the Lions of Fitzroy were no more. In their wake, a new football team emerged, up in the steamy northern city of Brisbane.

    This story charts the events of that year, which involve debt, treachery, betrayal and cold hearted business pragmatism. One-eyed Fitzroy fan Jack Kerr documents the demise of Fitzroy, and the rise of the Brisbane Lions.

    The program features passionate fans and veteran players, as well those inside the club, whose fight to keep Fitzroy alive is embodied in the team’s old anthem ‘In Defeat We’ll Always Try’.

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/hindsight/fitzroy-lions/4565326

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow one year ago

  2. RareCollections: Pioneering Indigenous Australian Vocalists - ABC Canberra - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    Jordie Kilby and David Kilby feature some pioneering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island singers.

    In the 90’s Yothu Yindi’s hit albums and singles greatly assisted in attracting national and international interest in Indigenous Australian music and performers. Yet, in some ways, the path that the group trod had been walked before. But by whom? Here are a few of the pioneers.

    Harold Blair - Jabbin Jabbin - Score Records 1956.
    Harold Blair was blessed with a beautiful tenor voice and it took him from Murgon mission in Queensland to the concert halls of New York. His first release appeared in 1956 on Melbourne’s Score record label and was the first commercial recording by an aboriginal Australian singer. What makes the record really interesting is that even though Blair made his name performing in productions like The Messiah, his first official recordings were of songs that the discs’ liner notes call traditional aboriginal Australian songs.

    Georgia Lee - Downunder Blues - Crest Records - 1962.
    When her album "Sings The Blues Downunder" was released it created a place for Georgia Lee in the history books. It was the first blues album ever recorded in Australia and only the second album, of any kind, recorded by an Australian female artist. Alongside covers of blues standards sit two original compositions, Yarra River Blues and Downunder Blues, both penned by Crest producer King Crawford and very early examples of what you might call Australian blues.

    Vicki Simms - Yo Yo Heart - Festival Records - 1961 & Stanger in My Country - RCA Records - 1973.
    Vicki Simms career began before he was a teenager singing Little Richard covers at Sydney dances in the late 1950’s. His first single Yo Yo Heart was released in 1961 when he was thirteen. Even though his records and TV appearances were geared toward the pop market he was a rock and roller at heart and one of the first aboriginal singers to make his name in that field. After struggling with alcohol he was sent to gaol where he began writing verse and learning guitar. "Stranger in My Country" comes from his 1973 landmark album The Loner which documented the feelings of many indigenous Australians at that time.

    George Bracken - Turn Me Loose - W&G Records - 1959.
    Before Cassius Clay or Lionel Rose combined boxing with a pop recording career there was George Bracken. George got his start with Jimmy Sharman’s boxing troupe in Queensland and soon moved to Victoria to begin training. He’d always been a social singer and was approached by W&G records to cut a couple of singles in the early 60’s. In the end George had more hits in the ring that on the charts but he was there before anyone else. He later went back to school and dedicated his life to liaising between police and the indigenous community in Redfern, Sydney.

    Warumpi Band - Jalanguru Pakarnu - 1983.
    Probably most famous these days for songs like My Island Home and Blackfella/Whitefella the Warumpi band hold the distinction of being the first band to record a rock song in an indigenous Australian language (Luritja) . Neil Murray was working as a teacher in Papunya in the central desert region of the Northern Territory when he formed the band with brothers Sammy and Gordon Butcher and George Burarrwanga. Initially covering the likes of Chuck Berry they soon began developing their own unique style of outback rock. The song was named after a phrase common with locals on the street and means "out from jail".

    Little Davey Page - Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen - Atlantic Records - 1975.
    The Page brothers Stephen and David are best known for their groundbreaking stage and theatre work over the last 20 years. However long before finding lasting national fame David was spotted performing in a talent quest and signed with the iconic American label Atlantic Records - the first Australian to do so. He was groomed as Australia’s answer to the young Michael Jackson and released a couple of singles under the name Little Davey Page. Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen made the top 10 on the Brisbane charts in July 1975 and the follow up We Like Music Together went top 15 early the following year. There were no more after that and Australia had to wait a little before being exposed to David’s talent once again.

    http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/06/28/3256011.htm?site=canberra

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow one year ago

  3. Pig City - Hindsight - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    In the late 1970s Brisbane was known to the rest of Australia as a big country town, and on the surface it was a citadel of conservative rural Australian values.

    The Country Party had been in power for nearly two decades, and the premier, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, ruled the state with an iron fist, never hesitating to use the Queensland police force to stamp out any resistance to his notoriously corrupt regime.

    It was in this context that a smouldering culture of rebellion was born among the students and other residents in the city’s inner suburbs, which manifest in public protests, acts of civil disobedience, and — in defiance of a legislated ban against them — in sometimes violent street marches. This growing wave of dissent also found expression in the energetic and distinctive music which began to emerge from Brisbane at this time, and which kick-started Australia’s wider punk and alternative rock scenes.

    The Saints, the Go Betweens and the Riptides, the Laughing Clowns, the Hoodoo Gurus and Gangajang all had their roots in the Brisbane punk scene of the 1970s, and would go on to have a huge influence on Australian music, paving the way for some of Australia’s most successful later acts, including Savage Garden, Powderfinger, Screamfeeder and Regurgertator.

    The 2004 book Pig City by Andrew Stafford was the first serious attempt to tell the story of Brisbane’s coming of age through this potent mix of music and politics. The opening of the city’s first community radio station, 4zzz, in 1975, became a vehicle for the emergence of this powerful nexus between music and politics in Brisbane during this era. It’s been argued that, at the time, 4zzz offered the only alternative and articulated voice of opposition to the prevailing state government of the day in Queensland.

    Tony Collins recalls his own experience of Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland, during the years that he spent living in Brisbane, working as a young broadcaster at 4zzz.

    This is an edited extract from the original ‘Pig City’ feature, first broadcast on Hindsight in 2008. See link below for the full program, available online as an mp3 audio file.

    Further Information: Link: Pig City webpage, with audio available online (http://abc.net.au/radionational/programs/hindsight/pig-city/3225990)

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/hindsight/pig-city/4412392

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow one year ago

  4. Part Four - Your ABC: heritage, change, convergence, and the road ahead - Special Broadcasts - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    In this hour, how has the ABC interacted with its audiences since its inception in 1932? In the early years, it came in the form of live concerts, performed to a studio audience and broadcast direct to air and, from the outset, there were always programs which relied on listener correspondence. Its education programs were devised to be participatory in schoolrooms around the country, and its English language broadcasts, created for the large influx of migrants who came to Australia after the Second World War, attempted to re-create a one-to-one language lesson between teacher and student. Interaction and a sense of community combined with education and entertainment was the key to the long-running and extremely popular Argonauts program for children (who joined the program’s club) which connected listeners right around the country.

    The internet, and the consequent development of ABC online, has extended and transformed the ways in which audiences now participate with the ABC. From its news and current affairs online sites, to its virtual community hubs such as Pool and ABC Open, even its traditional platforms, like talk radio and television programs, have been shaped by the new media technologies—today talkback radio incorporates as many phone text messages and emails as it does telephone calls from listeners, and television programs like Q&A have pioneered the incorporation of audience participation using new technology.

    In this segment: the ABC’s role during emergencies and natural disasters, and its long record of ground-breaking investigative journalism. It is this latter part of the organisation’s story that, for some observers of the ABC and for media analysts, is most at risk of being eroded. This issue is examined, along with other questions, in a discussion about the future of the national public broadcaster.

    Guests:
    Ken Inglis, historian, author of This is the ABC

    Frank Moorhouse, writer

    Malcolm Fraser, former prime minister of Australia, 1975–1983

    Brenda L Croft, visual artist

    Debra Oswald, writer for film, television, stage, radio and children’s fiction

    Melissa Sharpe, President, Friends of the ABC, Tasmania branch

    June Factor, Friends of the ABC, Victoria

    Malcolm Long, Principal, Malcolm Long & Associates, former deputy managing director of the ABC

    Lee Burton, media analyst

    Professor Dennis Altman, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Latrobe University

    Richard White, historian, University of Sydney

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/specialbroadcasts/80th-anniversary-1600--1700/4148900

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow one year ago

  5. Part Three - An open window: bringing the world to you - Special Broadcasts - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    We’re delving into an ABC that takes you places—in your head via sound, and through images on our television screens. From pioneering radio plays and book readings, through location based audio documentaries, to natural history programs, first on radio, and later on television, the ABC has offered audiences a window on the world.

    Guests:
    Leslie Rees, First federal Drama Editor of ABC Radio, appointed 1936

    Anne McInerney, former producer, ABC Radio Drama and Features

    Debra Oswald, writer for film, television, stage, radio and children’s fiction

    Irene Poinkin, ABC Language and Research Specialist

    Chris Thompson, ABC sound engineer

    Brenda L Croft, visual artist

    Gary Bartholomew, Producer, ABC Networked Local Radio

    John Cargher

    Amanda Smith, presenter/producer, The Body Sphere program, Radio National

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/specialbroadcasts/80th-anniverasry-1500--1600/4148880

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow one year ago

  6. Part Two - Telling it how it is: truth, taste and testimony - Special Broadcasts - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    The speech heard on radio and television was initially the preserve of professionals and generally scripted. Unscripted discussion, loosely the form which is a well entrenched part of most radio today, began on the ABC during the Second World War. But the speakers who end up on the radio, and what they have to say, has sometimes been a contentious issue for the ABC. And, for the national public broadcaster, it has not only been about what can and cannot be uttered, but also about the accent, the sound of the spoken word. In this segment we explore how language has been a central issue throughout the ABC’s 80 years—from pronunciation and grammar to questions of obscenity, censorship, and freedom of speech.

    Guests:
    Richard Buckham, Network Manager, ABC Classic FM

    Norman May, veteran ABC Sports broadcaster

    Meredith Burgmann, former leader of the NSW Legislative Council

    Robyn Archer, singer, writer, creative director of Centenary of Canberra (2013) and artistic director of The Lights in Winter (Melbourne)

    Tim Bowden, Broadcaster, radio and television documentary maker, oral historian and author.

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/specialbroadcasts/80-anniversary/4148872

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow one year ago

  7. Part One - On the air: voices, music, news and views - Special Broadcasts - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    The ABC’s on-air history is made up of words, mostly spoken words, uttered by thousands of guests and  presenters. From its inception in 1932, Australia’s national public broadcaster has also been the subject of discussion and debate. The nature of broadcasting, and the ABC, are constantly changing—they’re a work in progress. Trying to keep ahead of the transformations and shifts in how the broadcast media is made, delivered and received is complex, and forecasting on the future of the media, and its nexus with technology is a serious business.

    Over this afternoon, we’ll be looking back into the past and forward into the future of the ABC; the view is complicated by the fact that past, present and future don’t divide up neatly but, rather, they co-exist and overlap. In the first hour of this anniversary special speakers include historians, anthropologists, writers and broadcasters, along with some of the ABC’s multifaceted audience. Plus archival excerpts from popular programs, from education and music to dramas and documentaries.

    Guests:
    Dr Genevieve Bell, Cultural Anthropologist, Director, Intel Corporation Interaction and Experience Research

    Ken Inglis, historian, author of This is the ABC

    Professor Jock Given, Professor of Media and Communications, Institute of Social Research, Swinburne University

    Shane Maloney, author

    Lindy Burns, Presenter, Evenings, 774 ABC Melbourne

    Dr Michelle Arrow, Historian, Macquarie University

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/specialbroadcasts/80th-anniversary-1300--1400/4148870

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow one year ago

  8. Get Arrested | ACMI | Podcasts

    Live in the Studio: pull on your never-nudes, grab a frozen banana and get ready to celebrate the cult TV hit Arrested Development.

    Recorded: 26 April 2012. 137 mins

    Download or listen to podcasts of ACMI talks and panel discussions.

    http://www.acmi.net.au/explore_podcasts.htm

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow one year ago

  9. Dead Set: Zombie TV | ACMI | Podcasts

    Live in the Studio: Dr Saige Walton, Angela Ndalianis, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Martyn Pedler talk end-of-the-world scenarios on the box.

    Recorded: 25 Feb 2010. Duration: 115 mins

    Download or listen to podcasts of ACMI talks and panel discussions.

    http://www.acmi.net.au/explore_podcasts.htm

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow one year ago

  10. Dr Who: Tales from the Tardis | ACMI | Podcasts

    Live in the Studio: Dr Who diehards discuss the beloved sci fi series and argue the case for their ultimate Time Lord.

    Recorded: 29 September 2011. 115mins

    Download or listen to podcasts of ACMI talks and panel discussions.

    http://www.acmi.net.au/explore_podcasts.htm

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow one year ago

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