Bridget Griffen-Foley FAHA is a Professor of Media at Macquarie University, where she founded the Centre for Media History. Her books include Changing Stations: The Story of Australian Radio (2009) and Australian Radio Listeners and Television Viewers: Historical Perspectives (2020). She edited the field-defining reference work A Companion to the Australian Media (2014), now available via AustLit, and is collaborating on a cultural history of ABC Radio National.
After the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) was established in 1932, music occupied just over half of airtime, with talk making up the balance. With the…