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    Default We used to listen to the radio before TV.

    Just the same as these days we have our favourite TV programmes, in the late 50s, early 60s, we had our favourite radio programmes. We used to sit around the radio in the living room in much the same way as we watch TV today.

    Mum used to listen to "Portia Faces Life" in the morning and we used to laugh along with "Life With Dexter" in the evening. And, of course, you will remember "It's In The Bag" with Selwyn Toogood which started in 1954. The first show was recorded at the Hataitai (Wellington) Kindergarten.

    Although TV in NZ did not start until 1960, I recall watching TV in the window of a shop in Lambton Quay in 1953 when the Queen and Duke visited. Someone started an experimental station in Wellington and broadcast film of the visit - in monochrome of course. The TV had a screen of about 26" which was big in those days and, of course, it had a picture tube unlike today's digital TVs.

    What was your favourite radio programme? And what years were you listening?
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    Default Re: We used to listen to the radio before TV.

    Can't remember exact years, but I was early teens I think, so probably late 70's - early 80's. A programme called "Alien Worlds" - very good at the time.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_...(radio_series)
    https://www.radioechoes.com/?page=se...Alien%20Worlds

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    Default Re: We used to listen to the radio before TV.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    What was your favourite radio programme? And what years were you listening?
    Don't remember. But when I was about 5 or 6....late 1960s...in the school holidays there was a program every day, various things in it, including the serial...always ended on a cliffhanger,, and tomorrow...episode X....loved it.
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    Default Re: We used to listen to the radio before TV.

    I used to listen to The Goon Show in the 70's .

    I listen to audio podcasts now , in the car on the way to work . Downloaded & played via a USB stick plugged into the car stereo.
    Audiobooks are also a good option for filling in time when stuck in traffic for a hour .

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1101 View Post
    I used to listen to The Goon Show in the 70's .
    You silly twisted boy, you.

    I still listen to them occasionally now.

    And if you are a Goon Show idiot as am I, you might like to watch: https://youtu.be/XF745ywyvVY - the Last Goon Show Of All.
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    Default Re: We used to listen to the radio before TV.

    Currently listen to Spike Milligan reading his own book Adolf Hitler my part in his downfall. Found it on Youtube

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    Default Re: We used to listen to the radio before TV.

    It would be cool to have an archive of stuff like this online where you could go and listen.

    My grandfather used to do his garden work every sunday listening to talk back shows on an old wireless.

    Good, simpler times

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    Default Re: We used to listen to the radio before TV.

    Quote Originally Posted by gary67 View Post
    Currently listen to Spike Milligan reading his own book Adolf Hitler my part in his downfall. Found it on Youtube
    He wrote a trilogy (about six books I think:waughh) on his war experiences, plus a few others including "Silly Verse for Kids" which my daughters loved. Not only are they for kids, adults will like them as well.

    But I did not know he was on You Tube. Thanks for letting me know. I will definitely have a listen.
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    Default Re: We used to listen to the radio before TV.

    I always have a radio on in the background when in my workshop,
    kitchen and bathroom. Keeps me informed, up to date and entertained.

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    Default Re: We used to listen to the radio before TV.

    Always remember when a kid getting up early, think it was Sundays ?? for a kids radio program -- Cant for the life of me remember its name but they always had stories on.

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