been proven by some of the greatest observers and researchers
in the world that the secret to the economic and business
success of a city is its creative heart. Whilst businesses
at 101 Collins Street don't even fucking know it, the reason
why they are succeeding is because up the road in Nicholson
Street is a radio station that is beating a heartbeat through
this city that is unique in the world.
James 'Hound Dog' Young
are not a would-be commercial station and our presenters should
not be would-be disc jockeys. We should offer a real alternative
to the inanity of high-powered and raucous commercial presentation.
Mathews, the first station manager of 3RRR-FM
the course of three decades, 3RRR-FM has become an indispensable
part of Melbourne’s cultural fabric, a vital hub of
the city’s renowned music and arts scenes and an independent
voice among a chorus of repetition.
But it wasn’t always so. Born in 1976, the product of
an experiment in public radio just as the DIY spirit of punk
music was hitting the streets, much of Triple R’s existence
was fraught and surrounded by chaos.
Released to coincide with Triple R's 30th anniversary this
November, Radio City is the unvarnished
history of Australia’s most innovative and successful
community radio station, a jewel in the junk heap that has
spawned talent like Greig Pickhaver, the Coodabeen Champions,
Kate Langbroek, John Safran, Lawyers, Guns and Money, and
Leaping Larry L.
Uncovered are the behind-the-scenes tales of crisis, fighting
and perpetual money struggles along with the back stories
of the much-loved program presenters who have called the station
Melbourne journalist Mark Phillips spent two years piecing
together the previously untold story of how Triple R came
about and developed its unique ethos and ground-breaking style.
In the process he learnt a little more about what makes Melbourne
A vivid account told in the words of those who were there
and chock full of illustrations, Radio City
reveals how community radio holds the key to discovering alternative
music, films, arts and political topics that would otherwise
be left in the dark.
Appealing to Triple R listeners and those interested in the
history of alternative culture alike, Radio City
is the riveting story of how a radio station became part of
a city’s soul.
mum . . . It’s educational!