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ABC Radio Celebrates 80 years of broadcasting with special event digital station

This year, Australia’s public service broadcaster – which started in 1932 with just 12 radio stations – turns 80.

To celebrate, the ABC is devoting this weekend to the new showcasing the old, with the broadcaster’s new digital station broadcasting the sounds of Australia from the ABC’s vast archives going back over the last eight decades.

The name of the station is ‘ABC Turns 80’ – a special events digital station broadcasting from 29 June to 1 July, 2012.

From the 1932 Melbourne Cup, to the then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s dismissal, to 9/11, the broadcaster will cover significant historical moments and trace the way Australia has changed – politically, socially and culturally.

“Over the past eight decades, there’s been an incredible revolution not only in the development of Australia, but also in the development of the media landscape – and what better way to showcase the wealth of material we’ve collected than through the lates radio broadcasting technology – digital radio” said Tony Walker, Manager, ABC Digital Radio.