Link to Radio Heritage Foundation -

The Co-operative Global Radio Memories Project

The main website of the Radio Heritage Foundation is now

Most content on this legacy website is no longer actively maintained and may not be up-to-date. It is preserved on-line purely for historical interest as part of the Radio Heritage Foundation’s digital collection.

4VL - Charleville
"The Voice of the Far West"

Station 4VL is owned and controlled by the Charleville Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Alfred Street, Charleville. Studios and transmitter are situated at that address.
image of 4VL ad

4VL - Charleville
© Broadcast Year Book and Radio Listeners' Annual of Australia 1946-47.
Ray Crawford Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

Since commencing operations on February 12, 1936, the policy of the station has been to maintain a position in the forefront in respect of studio presentation and programme technique and to maintain a balanced programme for Western listeners.

The Directors are: H. E. Barnes (Chairman), K. Millar, M. Burton, T. E. Stone, J. Binnie.

MANAGER: WALTER G. EXTON, who is well known in Queensland radio circles, was born and educated in Lismore, N.S.W. He is 34 years of age, and has been in radio since 1930. Mr. Exton was formerly associated with 2XN, 4AY and 4MB.

image of 4VL promo

4VL radio advertising promotion
© Broadcasting and Television 1952, Radio Heritage Foundation

ANNOUNCERS: LIONEL CLARRY (morning session) keeps listeners entertained with his bright top-of-the-morning breakfast programme. He was formerly at 4BU and 4GY.

PAULINE FITZWALTER: Conducts the Women's Session from 11 to 12 daily, Monday to Saturday. Pauline's session covers the realms of recipes, helpful suggestions. fashion forecasts, prose and verse.

SPORTING COMMENTATOR: VAL McNAMARA, well-known club steward and keen student of racing and form. Val gives a racing commentary on three States every Saturday morning at 8.30. As a hobby, he keeps a large selection of Australian birds.

WAVELENGTH: 326 metres 920 kilocycles.
POWER: 200 watts.
COVERAGE: 450 miles in all directions.
OFFICE: Joyce Scott, Pauline Fitzwalter.
SECRETARY: J. F. Stephenson, Alfred Street.
AUDITORS: Max Burton and Co.
image of 4VL QSL

4VL listener confirmation card 1944
© Keith Robinson Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation

SALES REPRESENTATIVES: Toowoomba: Mrs. J. W. Stevenson, 39 Rome Street. Brisbane: V. T. Frawley, Box 1047N, G.P.0. Sydney: Fred Thompson, Asbestos House, 65 York Street, Melbourne: Stanford Allan, 247 Collins Street.

Australian Radio History

Now available as a free eBook!

4VL - Charleville "The Voice of the Far West",' Broadcast Year Book and Radio Listeners' Annual of Australia 1946-47.
Editor: C C Faulkner.
© Ray Crawford Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation.

Digital version of text, images and layout © Radio Heritage Foundation 2009.

This content is made possible thanks to:


Radio Heritage Foundation projects and activities connect radio, popular culture, history and heritage.

The charitable trust has been giving a voice to those involved in radio via our website since 2004 and will continue to do so.

We are inclusive of all visitors, regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, or disability and aim to connect people of all ages and cultures who love radio

We welcome a sense of wonder from the joy of listening via radio, and from memories retold for the enjoyment of all generations.

We prefer to use environmentally sustainable goods and services where we can afford to, and we provide free community access worldwide to our collections, published research, preservation and promotion activities in a completely paper-free environment.

© Radio Heritage Foundation 2004 - 2024

Email us