In 1948 West Australian broadcaster and feminist Irene Greenwood launched a new radio program on commercial radio called ‘Woman to Woman’. Rather than treating her rural working-class audience as passive listeners Greenwood was determined to make ‘a two-way business of broadcasting’, and she utilised the power of radio to create an imagined community of women. Greenwood’s ability to erase distance made her audience members feel connected, both to her and to the other women who were listening simultaneously. Dr Jeannine Baker will demonstrate the ways women listeners actively participated in broadcasting, and shaped programme content and style.
Dr Jeannine Baker is a historian and documentary maker who researches Australian women’s history and media history. She is the author of Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam (NewSouth, 2015) and has also worked in the media and museums sector as a curator, writer, researcher, oral historian and producer.
Proudly presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for History Week 2016.
When: Saturday 10 September 2016, 2:00pm
Where: Moruya Surf Life Saving Club
Charles Moffitt Drive
Moruya NSW 2537
Cost: Free – Register now.
Presented by Moruya and District Historical Society.
Image: Women listening to radio in Brisbane c. 1942, courtesy State Library of Queensland.
This event is part of
History Week: Neighbours
3-11 September 2016
Presented by the History Council of NSW
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