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Jack Hume: first male announcer with Radio 5DN
Title : Jack Hume: first male announcer with Radio 5DN Jack Hume: first male announcer with Radio 5DN
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Date of creation : ca. 1924
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Jack Hume: first male announcer with Radio 5DN.

Radio broadcasting developed in Australia during the 1920s. In the early 1920s, numerous amateur broadcasters used the medium to transmit messages. Radio stations came to South Australia when broadcasts commenced at 5CL on 20 November 1924 and 5DN on 24 February 1925. 5CL operated under an A class licence, financed by listeners' licence fees collected by the Government, while commercial station 5DN held a B class licence, financed by advertising.

Radio 5DN began operating as an experimental station, a hobby of industrialist Ernest James Hume. The transmitter and studios were set up in the Hume family mansion, Peltonga, in the Adelaide suburb of Parkside, and broadcasting was for only a few hours a day, several times a week. Hume installed landlines from Adelaide University, which enabled live broadcasts of lectures and concerts.

Hume's family was extensively involved in the broadcasts. His wife Stella was the first announcer on 5DN and the first female radio announcer in Australia. She appeared on 5DN as 'Miss Leonora Starr', elocutionist, and as 'Auntie Stella', a children's storyteller, and undertook many other roles including program producer and director. The Humes' son Jack was the first male announcer for 5DN.

Gradually the station's broadcasting hours were extended to a daily 24-hour service. Renowned South Australian vaudeville star 'Mo' was an early performer on 5DN programs.

Related names :

5DN (Radio station: Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Period : 1919-1927
Further reading :

Interview With Jack Hume [Sound Recording] / Interviewer: Vaughan Harvey Once Upon a Wireless: An Oral History of South Australian Radio 1984

Ross, J. F. A History of Radio in South Australia, 1897-1977, Plympton Park, S.A.: J. Ross, 1978

Towler, D. J. The First Sixty Years 1924-1984, North Adelaide: 5DN Macquarie, 1984

Internet links :

Australian Dictionary of Biography onlinesee: Hume, Stella Leonora Harriette (1882-1954)

Australia: our national stories: Linking a nation. Australia's transport and communications 1788-1970see: Chapter 9 Radio and Television, 1905-1970 [Australian Heritage Commission]



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