The Letter

In a discussion recently we got to thinking about those great radio stories, promos, ads, events from the past that are told repeatedly over one or ten drinks.

The historical elements of radio, particularly the more amusing aspects, are well worth recording. There are a number of websites that are setup to do this: radioantenna.com hosts old airchecks, the 3XY facebook page has nearly 300 members, there are no doubt more - let us know.

This new section of Radio Today is called 'The Vault' and it is dedicated to remembering, reminding or revealing some of the more interesting and amusing moments from the past. If you have something we should publish - let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We'll kick it off with a ripper that Greg Smith found in his office.

Below is a memo written, and signed, by the entire announcing team at 3XY Melbourne in 1974 to the General Manager arguing their collective case for a pay-rise. The letter is fantastic, with some big names signing it!

(click on the letter for for a bigger version)

See more from 'The Vault' here.

Published on Sunday, 25 March 2012 06:00



thisiswright(11:39am 25 Mar 2012)
Who would have thought that was going on behind the scenes at the then great 3XY. Just goes to prove, even for us working in the business, it is often a case of 'perception is reality'.Just like most listeners forever and a day have thought we ALL earned big bucks, owned mansions and ran a fleet of cars, all because of the fortunate few in the biz who had/have achieved such success. I'm interested Greg, what was the eventual outcome of the 3XY jocks letter to Bob Baeck or is that Part 2 to come via the written response ?
Thanks for sharing, fascinating reading and well presented by the guys. Regards, IAN
Ric Wade(19:56pm 25 Mar 2012)
Amongst the signers, the great Dick Starr!
keith fowler(2:17am 26 Mar 2012)
Smith :-)
I am assuming you also have a copy of the "controversial" print add that appeared in B T magazine when B105 first went to number one in Brisbane
Anonymous(7:56am 26 Mar 2012)
Fantastic. And the result? BTW - Ric Wade hit the button. Dick Starr.. Whatever became of Dick Starr... Oh. Wait.
greg smith(12:55pm 26 Mar 2012)
As you can imagine Bob Baeck was quite upset when he got this letter.
The announcers did get their $200 a week just somewhat later than what was promised.
greg smith(13:02pm 26 Mar 2012)
Keith another good idea of yours. I'll see if I can find it.
brad march(13:52pm 26 Mar 2012)
Every dog .......as they say !
keith fowler(15:39pm 26 Mar 2012)
Brad as you would recall..
actually almost as much fun was the "outraged" email from senior management at MMM and Paul Thompson' s measured response ..priceless.

wonder if any one kept those ?
Tim Lee(12:16pm 18 Feb 2013)
i wrote a similar email trying for a $2500 rise to cover cost of living - if memory serves me correctly, i walked out of helen davies' office crying.

never did get my head around contract talks...

 Post Anonymously 

   I am a real live breathing human person

Recent Comments

4BC's Night host Walter Williams is one of the casualties of the merging of Macquarie Radio and Fairfax Radio.

Melanie Tait will be joining ABC Local Radio Tasmania to present Statewide evenings.

Magic 882 Night announcer Jo Henderson is one of the casualties of the merging of Macquarie Radio and Fairfax Radio.

4BC's Ian Skippen and Lorreta Ryan are the latest casualties of the merging of Macquarie Radio and Fairfax Radio.

 

Andy Sinn has joined the ranks of Emotive as their new Commercial Director

Peter Maynard has resigned as General Manager for Nova 919 and FIVEaa in Adelaide

Waleed Aly has rejoined Radio National to host a new program called 'The Minefield'

Cat Lynch is joining Amos Gill on breakfast for hit107.

 

2UE's Angela Catterns is the latest casualty of the merging of Macquarie Radio and Fairfax Radio

 
 

Violet Merhi has joined 2day FM On-Air line-up as well as being Assistant MD.
 

Most Read (Last 60 Days)

Adelaide Advertisers

1. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
3. Radio, It's A Love Thing Campaign Commercial Radio Australia Ltd
4. Puratap Puratap Pty Ltd
5. Foodland Metcash Trading Ltd

Brisbane Advertisers

1. National Tiles National Tiles Co Pty Ltd
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
4. Radio, It's A Love Thing Campaign Commercial Radio Australia Ltd
5. Kratzmann Caravans Kratzmann Caravans

Central Coast Advertisers

1. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Domayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Dan Murphy's Woolworths Ltd
4. BJ Howes Metaland BJ Howes Pty Ltd
5. Ettalong Diggers Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club Ltd

Gold Coast Advertisers

1. Domayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Supanova Pop Culture Expo Supanova Pop Culture Industries
4. Pacific Fair AMP Ltd
5. Kool Kids Early Learning Centres Kool Kids Early Learning Centres

Melbourne Advertisers

1. National Tiles National Tiles Co Pty Ltd
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Radio, It's A Love Thing Campaign Commercial Radio Australia Ltd
4. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
5. The Royal Melbourne Hospital Home Lottery The Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation

Newcastle Advertisers

1. Domayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Finance Ezi Finance Ezi Pty Ltd
4. Nobby Kitchens Nobby Kitchens
5. Schnitzel Boss Schnitzel Boss

Perth Advertisers

1. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
3. Radio, It's A Love Thing Campaign Commercial Radio Australia Ltd
4. Wizard Pharmacy Wizard Pharmacy Services Pty Ltd
5. V8 Supercars Perth SuperSprint V8 Supercar Events Pty Ltd

Sydney Advertisers

1. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. NSW Caravan, Camping, RV & Holiday Supershow Caravan & Camping Industry Association Of NSW
3. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
4. Radio, It's A Love Thing Campaign Commercial Radio Australia Ltd
5. Masterton Homes Masterton Homes Pty Ltd

Wollongong Ratings

1 I98 23.8 (28.5) WIN
2 Wave FM 16.0 (17.3) GRANT
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2014
  • IRIS Research

Wellington Ratings

1 NewstalkZB 15.3 (10.5) TRN
2 The Breeze 13.7 (14.6) Mediaworks
3 ZM 11.3 (12.4) TRN
4 The Sound 7.5 (7.1) Mediaworks
5 The Rock 7.4 (8.3) Mediaworks
6 The Edge 6.6 (8.3) Mediaworks
7 Coast 5.7 (4.6) TRN
  • 10+ share, Survey 1/2014

Warrnambool Ratings

1 Coast FM 37.7 - Ace
2 3YB 21.7 - Ace
3 triple j 7.3 - ABC
4 ABC Local Radio 4.0 - ABC
5 ABC Radio Nat. 2.5 - ABC
6 Classic FM 1.5 - ABC
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015
  • Xtra Research

Sydney Ratings

1 2GB 13.0 (12.1) MRN
2ABC 7029.5(8.5)ABC
3KIIS 10658.7(8.6) ARN
4WSFM 7.9(8.9)ARN
5Nova 96.9 7.6(7.5)NE
6smoothfm 95.3 7.3(6.6)NE
7triple j6.5(6.5) ABC
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015

Perth Ratings

1 Mix 94.5 14.9 (13.8) SCA
296FM11.5(10.2)ARN
3 Nova 93.711.4 (12.6) NE
4ABC72010.3(9.6)ABC
5triple j 9.0(11.0) ABC
6 6PR 8.4(7.3)Fairfax
792.9 6.4(8.2) SCA
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015
  • 96FM now owned by ARN

Newcastle Ratings

1 KOFM 15.3 (15.3) SCA
2 ABC1233 11.9 (11.1) ABC
3NXFM 11.6(9.7) SCA
4New FM10.0(9.3)BOG
5 triple j 9.9 (10.8) ABC
6 2HD 9.8 (10.3) BOG
7 Classic FM 3.9 (4.7) ABC
  • 10+ Share Mon-Sun, Survey 3/2014

 

Melbourne Ratings

1 3AW 13.6 (12.8) Fairfax
2 ABC 774 10.7 (10.0) ABC
3 Fox FM 7.6 (8.5) SCA
4 Triple M 7.4 (6.8) SCA
5Nova 100 7.3(7.8)NE
6smoothfm 91.5 7.2(7.4)NE
7 KIIS 101.1 7.1 (6.3) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015
  • Mix101.1 now KIIS 101.1 

Gold Coast Ratings

1 Gold FM 14.3 (15.0) SCA
2 Hot Tomato 14.1 (13.9) HT
3 Sea FM 9.5 (8.8) SCA
4 triple j 9.4 (7.6) ABC
5 ABC 91.7 FM 6.7 (6.6) ABC
6 ABC612 3.3 (4.2) ABC
7 ABC FM 2.9 (2.2) ABC
  • 10+ Share Mon-Sun, Survey 3/2014

 

Christchurch Ratings

1 Newstalk ZB 17.0 (16.1) TRN
2 More FM 10.7 (11.8) Mediaworks
3 The Breeze 10.2 (8.8) Mediaworks
4 The Rock 9.0 (10.3) Mediaworks
5 The Edge 6.9 (6.5) Mediaworks
6 The Sound 6.0 (6.4) Mediaworks
7 Classic Hits 5.7 (5.7) TRN
  • 10+ share, Survey 1/2014

Central Coast Ratings

1 Sea FM 17.7 (12.4) SCA
2 2GO FM 13.2 (17.5) SCA
3 Star 104.5 11.4 (14.3) NE
4 ABC 92.5 10.7 (9.9) ABC
5 2GB 9.8 (8.9) MRN
6 triple j 5.8 (5.2) ABC
7 WSFM 2.8 (0.7) ARN
  • 10+ overall share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2012
  • Nielsen Media Research

Canberra Ratings

1 104.7 17.3 (17.5) SCA
2 Mix 106.3 16.8 (15.9) SCA
3 ABC666 16.4 (15.6) ABC
4 triple j 10.0 (10.3) ABC
5 Classic FM 8.2 (10.2) ABC
6 Radio National 7.6 (6.9) ABC
7 2CC 7.0 (6.6) Capital
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 2/2014

 

Brisbane Ratings

197.3FM14.6(12.3)ARN
2Nova 106.9 10.8(13.5)NE
3ABC61210.7(8.5) ABC
4triple j 9.4(9.0) ABC
5B105 9.3(9.7) SCA
6Triple M 8.7(8.8) SCA
7 4KQ 8.6 (7.1) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015

Auckland Ratings

1 Newstalk ZB 13.4 (13.0) TRN
2 Coast  9.6 (8.1) TRN
3 The Edge 7.8 (6.0) Mediaworks
4 The Breeze 7.0 (6.5) Mediaworks
5 Classic Hits 6.7 (5.9) TRN
6 ZM 5.9 (5.6) TRN
7 Mai FM 5.2 (4.3) TRN
  • 10+ share, Survey 1/2014

Albury Ratings

1 Star FM 22.9* (22.7)** SCA
2 The River 20.7* (27.0)** SCA
3 2AY 16.6* (11.9)** ACE
4 ABC Local Radio 14.0* (11.2)** ABC
5 triple j 9.9* (4.2)** ABC
6 Radio National 2.2* (1.6)** ABC
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2014
  • * Xtra Research/ ** Nielsen 

Adelaide Ratings

1 Mix 102.3 13.8 (15.5) ARN
2ABC89112.5(10.0) ABC
3Nova 91.911.3(11.2)NE
4FIVEaa 10.4(11.4)NE
5Triple M 9.7(10.8)NE
6Cruise 13239.2(8.1)ARN
7triple j8.3(6.6) ABC
8hit1075.9(8.1) SCA
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015 (GfK)
  • hit107 on-air Oct 2014, was SAFM
CompanyStock IDPriceChange
Southern Cross Media
SXL
1.04
-0.48%
APN News & Media
APN
0.935
-1.58%
Fairfax Media
FXJ
1.04
0.00%
Macquarie Radio
MRN
1.10
0.00%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.300
0.00%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.28
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.205
0.00%
Seven West Media
SWM
1.40
-1.06%
Seven Group Holdings
SVW
7.18
-1.78%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
2.27
1.79%
Prime Media
PRT
0.860
-1.15%

Most Commented (All Time)