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AUDIO: JOHN ROBERTS introduces FELIX HOFFMAN on Dec 21, 1979
AUDIO: Listen to how it began. JOHN MAIZELS reflects (rec.1979).
In April 1978, the Minister for Post and telecommunications Tony Staley, announced that Public FM licences would be issued, three in Melbourne, and that submissions for these licences should be presented to the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal. This was the first concrete opportunity for the aspirant PBS to consolidate its position, and fulfill its obligation to the subscribers. At the time, two Public Broadcasting stations were already operating in Melbourne, but PBS would not be allowed to begin regular broadcasts without a licence being granted.
In spite of the limited time available, an impressive submission was prepared and presented to the Tribunal. However in the rush to finalise the submission, including an eleventh hour personal delivery of the document to Sydney offices of the ABT, an oversight almost led to the rejection of nearly two years effort. For whilst great attention was given to the relevant sections of the submission, the pro forma was omitted.
After first being informed that it had been rejected, and following several harrowing days of negotiation and speculation, PBS supporters were relieved when the submission was accepted, and that PBS representatives were to appear before the forthcoming Tribunal hearings to determine who should be granted the licences.
After several days of scrutinising submissions and cross-examining applicants, the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal concluded the hearings with PBS being offered an S-type (special purpose) licence. The Progressive Broadcasting Service Cooperative Ltd has held the licence to this day. The other two Public FM licences granted at the time went to 3MBS and 3RRR.
AUDIO: PAUL CUTHBERT outlines the difficulties (rec. 1979)
AUDIO: PBS-FM BEGINS REGULAR BROADCASTS
Until the transmitter was relocated to Mt. Dandenong in 1987, broadcast hours were limited to exclude business hours on weekdays.
AUDIO: ROBERT HUGGINS persuades PETER RUSSELL-CLARKE to officially open the station.
A costly and highly ambitious mix of big band sounds, comedy and live music; Kerry Biddell, Mondo Rock, Rod Quantock, Loose Change, Fred Dagg and more.
AUDIO: IAN STANISTREET (Station Manager 1982-88) interviewed in 1989.
AUDIO: CAMERON PAINE interviewed in 1989, with a collage of contributing artists.
PBS is commended for this initiative by the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal in March 1989 when the broadcast licence is renewed for a further three years. Artists featured (in order); The Reptiles, Seven, Christopher Coe, Joe Geia, Sea Stories, Venom P. Stinger, Kia Kaha, Luna-C, Thing, An Ordinary Field, Untitled Red, Rocket 88's, Swinging Sidewalks.
AUDIO: CAMERON PAINE coordinated the simulcast.
The event features Crown of Thorns, T.I.S.M. & Ton Up Pirates performing live at the Old Greek Theatre in Richmond. The vision is narrowcast to the inner west of Melbourne on UHF Ch47 during the week-long second test transmission by TVU.
By now, PBS had firmly established its credentials for bringing live music from festivals, community and concert events to its listeners; St. Kilda Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Brunswick Street Fringe, Melbourne Show Country Music Muster, Cup Day Chaos, Anzac Day Anarchy and many more.
AUDIO: Listen to excerpts of this program.
Live guests include; Paul Cuthbert, John Maizels, Ken Fargher, Brian Wise, Robert Huggins, David Stubbs, Phil MacDougall, Ian Stanistreet, Bill Runting & Garry Havrillay
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