Australian Radio Show Logs
Click on the first letter of the Serial or Series you are looking for.
The Encyclopaedia of Australian Radio Shows database (EARSdb) is a log of well over 6,000 Australian produced Radio Series/Serials. To log all the Australian produced series/serials across 40+ years takes time so we also have a faster method we use for when we need to concentrate on a single series in order to answer inquiries from other researchers. Me.
This log section for other people is only small. When I get requests from researchers looking for information on Australian produced shows, they are usually first wanting to know if the series is Australian. EARSdb is the first port of call to see if the series is Australian or not. Once we ascertain that it is indeed Australian, they are wanting to identify which episode they have found and the cast. So then I work up an individual log of the series. Those logs I will place here.
I don't necessarily work on the logs on my lonesome. There are other collectors who may have transcription discs or episodes for that series/serial and I send out an email asking them for any information they might hold. So I act as the conduit for the information and I email the people who have indicated their willingness to work with me on that particular series/serial and then send updates to them with the latest information as it comes in. Then I put together the log.
Sometimes the log is nothing more than episode numbers and episode names, it all depends on the source of the information. Sometimes I am lucky and I can find a write up in the newspapers of the day, that tells me the episode name and the cast, prior to the broadcast or in a write up after the broadcast. Sometimes the Radio Transcription Discs survive in Collectors hands or in an Archive and I can access the details from the label.
Dates of the episodes is the hardest to include. It varied greatly. Sometimes the series was first broadcast in Sydney, sometimes Melbourne. Whilst serials were broadcast in order, self contained episodes of series didn't matter, they could be played out of order. Believe me, you can have 20 radio stations running a series and they would all play the episodes in whatever order they either received them from a previous station, or the subject suited them or a particular day due to current events of that day.
So when the logs contain dates, it is because I have confirmed which capital city broadcast it first and I go by the dates in the program guides for that station. Don't start me on program guides and their accuracy or lack thereof. With Grace Gibson Productions, Mr Reg James kept a list of every production and was able to tell us which station had the first broadcast for every one of their productions. I wish all the other Production Houses were as well organised and the information survived.
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