2SER’s Listening Post magazine has been digitalised

Listening Post, the magazine produced by Sydney community radio station, 2SER, has been digitalised in Trove.
Produced from 1979 to 1997, the magazine was launched just before the station itself in October 1979, designed to capture the mood, but also the progress, of a rapidly changing media industry at the time.
The magazine was the initiate of the station’s first manager, Keith Jackson, and soon gained a dedicated following of those who looking for an independent view of the Australian media landscape.
The project was the brainchild of Dr Liz Giuffre, a Senior Lecturer in Communications UTS, who says, “The process of digitisation was smooth but with a few little bumps – including the need to complete a run of the serial. The National Library of Australia had some issues, the station had others, and finally we had to reach out to alumni – with station’s ‘founding father’ Keith Jackson kindly loaning us his personal copies to complete the set.”
Now that Listening Post has been mobilised via Trove, we’ve been able to uncover some really interesting things about 2SER, but also about the music and media industries in Australia over time. These have covered a range of interests and audience types.”
The magazine chronicles the significant changes that happened to Australian media in the late 1970s, as the community radio sector was founded and media activists, university students and listeners who wanted more than commercial radio and the ABC banded together to give birth to a new type of participative media. It changed Australia’s media landscape and made it one of the most robust in the world. The pages of the magazine chronicle the early careers of many broadcasters who because influential in shaping Australia’s current media landscape.

This year 2SER revived the magazine as a subscriber special publication for its annual Radiothon supporter drive.




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