World Radio Day: Celebrating Curtin FM100.1

Blue monotone image of 3 men in suits smiling behind a woman sitting at a microphone. Caption reads

On the 16th of October 1976, 6NR (New Radio) went to air, broadcasting on 990Khx medium wave band, covering a 20km radius around the Bentley campus. The first of its kind in Western Australia, 6NR was established as an education and community station.

The studio was designed and built by WAIT (Western Australian Institute of Technology) Electrical Engineering graduate Andrew Martin and the first station manager was Duncan Graham.

Photograph from the 1976 annual report, the first year of the station.
6NR brochure from 1977. ID: 36353.
Excerpt from 6NR brochure from 1977. ID: 36353.

In 1976 programmes included The Guild Show, Ethnic Hour, Bedtime Stories hosted by Library Studies students, Science shows hosted by the WAIT Department of Physics, Artsview hosted by the WAIT Arts Review Group, Alternative News and The Ha Ha He He Ho Ho Nyuk Nyuk Show (a Monty Pythonesque production).

Programme guide for the week of 8-12 November, 1976. ID: 36964.

In 1986 Barbara Keyser was appointed as station manager, believed to be the first female in that role in Western Australia.

On their 21st anniversary year in 1997, 6NR moved into a new broadcast complex on the Bentley campus in B004. At that time, they had 15 paid staff and dozens of volunteers.

Volunteers at 6NR Radio, date unknown. ID: 80616.

October 2002 saw 6NR switch across to FM and rebranded as Curtin 100.1 FM.

Curtin Radio advertising the switch to from AM to FM. ID: 72956.

Today in its 47th year, Curtin FM continues to thrive, co-ordinating an army of volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours every week doing everything from producing shows to administration to on air presenting. Curtin’s journalism students are selected to present the news casts. Their base of approximately 200,000 listeners reaches around the globe.

Archival research, story and exhibition display by Carolyn Eaton, Information Officer at Curtin Information Management and Archives.

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