ASRA Conference begins 19 September: Full Program

The full program for the upcoming ASRA Conference has now been released and online registration is available. Organiser Simon Drake has told radioinfo: “I think Tim Bowden’s keynote will be a particular highlight. Also having Gavin Jones look back at 20 years of Deadly Sounds is a real coup.”

Other highlights include the Alice Moyle Lecture (Noon, Friday 21st September), which is free. “You don’t have to register to attend so we are hoping to get a big turn out,” said Drake.

Panel sessions will look forward to the future of radio and back to historical highlights, including one focusing on the work of the late Tony Barrell.

The conference theme is “Radio Waves : 90 Years of Radio Broadcasting in Australia”
Old, New & Next Wave.

The full conference schedule is below:

Wednesday 19th Sept

8:30            Registration (UTS)

9:30            Technical Paper Session – History, Technology and Broadcasting

Papers by Bladen Brooke & Peter Sharpe detailing their first hand experience of the development of Australia’s broadcasting systems.

10:30             Morning tea (Universal Café, across footbridge from Bonmarche Building)

11:00 – 12:30 PM Tours and Demonstrations session 1

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 Tours and Demonstrations Session 2

3:00 – 3:30 Afternoon tea (Universal Café, across footbridge from Bonmarche Building)

3:30 – 5:00 Tours and Demonstrations Session 3

  •  Tour of UTS Medialab Audio Facilities
  • ABC Technical Tour and Demonstrations by ABC and NAA staff
  • Vintage Radio Collection at Powerhouse Museum by curator Campbell Bickerstaff

Thursday 20th Sept

8:30             Registration

9:15             Welcome by ASRA President Matthew Davies and Professor Theo van Leeuwen, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney

9:30            Keynote speech by former ABC broadcaster and Oral Historian Tim Bowden

10:30             Morning tea (Universal Café, across footbridge from Bonmarche Building)

11:00            Session 1 – Dawn of Radio in Australia – Chaired by Matthew Davies

John Spence – The Evolution of a National Broadcaster, Dr Bruce Carty – Australian Broadcasting Development 1918-1923, Benjamin Starr – Guglielmo Marconi and the Marconi Company in Australia

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30            Session 2 – Making History: Finding & Archiving Audio Collections – Chaired by Tom Morton

John Kelcher – Shakin’ All Over – Radio New Zealand Sound Archive’s Earthquake Recovery Project, Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley – The Birth of a Hybrid: The Shaping of the Australian Radio Industry, Dr Robert Crawford – Stuck to a Good Thing: Mortein’s Pre-Louie Commercials

3:00            Afternoon tea (Universal Café, across footbridge from Bonmarche Building)

3:30             Session 3 – Watching the Radio with the TV Off

Panel discussion celebrating the Legacy of Tony Barrell – Chaired by Eurydice Aroney

4:30            Special event/performance (2SER Multi Stream Simultaneous Broadcast) 

Roger Mills – Idea of South (broadcast on 2SER, with a mix of analogue and digital signals)

Roger will present a paper – Radio Telematics: Networked Radio and Multimodal Radiophonic Performance prior to the broadcast. 

Thursday Evening             ASRA Dinner – Australia Youth Hotel (63 Bay St GLEBE)

Friday 21st Sept

8:45             Registration

9:00            Session 4 – The Wonderful Wireless : Radio’s Golden Age – Chaired by James McCarthy

Ken Berryman – Waves from the Golden Age: Legacy of  the Once Upon  a Wireless Oral History Project, Dr Stefan Schutt – Finding the Radio Book – A Chance Encounter with the Golden Era of Radio, Katie Wood and Dr Brian Costar: Radio Blitz: Liberal Party Campaigning 1948-49

10:30            Morning Tea – ASRA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

12:00            Alice Moyle Lecture  – Gavin Jones – Founder of  Deadly Vibe and Deadly Sounds

1:00             Lunch

2:00            Session 5 – What’s Your Frequency – Making & Listening to Radio – Chaired by John Spence with:

Steve Ahern – Experiences of an Australian Working in Radio in Afghanistan, Iran & Sudan, Dr David Waller – A Media Landscape of Gen Y: How Does Radio Compare to Other Media? Dr Virginia Madsen – A Call to Listen, The ‘New’ Documentary in Radio

3:30            Afternoon Tea (Universal Café, across footbridge from Bonmarche Building)

4:00            Session 6 – Who Will Listen to the Radio: The Future? – Chaired by Steve Ahern

Panel discussion on Digital Radio and the Future with Jane Connors,  Joan Warner, Giles Tanner, & Melanie Withnall

5:00            Close of Conference – followed by performance: IN THE DARK (Hibernian House)