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January 20 2006

Children's Art Competition

Jan 17 - Feb 17 2006

Theme: create your own 'radio art' inspired by both the 'Art of Radio Japan Exhibition and the role radio plays in your life.

Age: up to 15, resident anywhere in NZ and with parent or guardian consent.

Closes: 5pm on Friday, February 17 2006.

Entry: entry is free. No entry form is needed. 'Radio art' can include painting, drawing, sculpture, digital design, photograph, audio [such as CD], video, 'mixed media' or whatever catches the imagination.

Details: please include name, postal address, email address and school name with entry.

Send to: entries must be mailed to 'Art of Radio Japan Competition', Radio Heritage Foundation, PO Box 14339, Wellington.

Other: judges decision is final. No correspondence will be entered in to. Radio Heritage Foundation is not responsible for lost or damaged entries or those sent with insufficient postage. All entries become the property of the Radio Heritage Foundation.

Best entries feature in an on line exhibition at

WVTR Sea Monster

Scans of newspaper articles from the St Louis Post Despatch are now available.

The Suggestive Sounds of WVUG Anchorage

image of Don Purvis, 1948

Pfc Don Purvis WVUG,1948.
© Don Purvis Collection,
Radio Heritage Foundation.

by Don Purvis

At WVUG we had the full supply of AFRS transcriptions, plus whatever the mails brought us from Headquarters. Back in those days we had music that was recorded for the military programs but never released commercially. How I wish I had access to some of that music today!  > read more

AFRS Alaska

image of Cold Bay base, 1946

General view of Cold Bay base, 1946.
© Allen Greer Collection courtesy Lou Sander, Radio Heritage Foundation.

Some 65 years ago, in early 1941, KRB radio began broadcasting from Sitka, Alaska. This was the unofficial birth of the soon to become global Armed Forces Radio Service.

By 1946, it's reported that 16 AFRS stations were on air across the Alaskan Territory, many in isolated outposts along the Aleutian island chain...  > read more

WVUV Radio Romance

by Homer L. Willess

image of US Navy warship in Pago Pago Harbor

US Navy warship in Pago Pago Harbor
© US Navy

I am honored by your request about how/when I built and operated WVUV before it had a "call sign".

During early 1942, the Navy sent a sono buoy system to Samoa to guard the entrance to Pago Pago Harbor with instructions that only I, a Navy technician, could read the "top secret" technical manual...  > read more

Column: Reminiscing with a Radio

Visiting Radio Stations World War 2 Era

image of 5KA Adelaide Listener Card, 1944 (front)

5KA Adelaide Listener Card, 1944 (front).
© Adrian Peterson Collection, AWR.

During the era of World War 2, many restrictions were placed upon us as citizens of Australia. There were shortages of gasoline and clothing and food, all of which were rationed for various periods of time. I was a little taller than many other lads my age and so my parents were granted a double allowance of clothing coupons for me.  > read more


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