THE LISTENER IN MAGAZINE
was a weekly publication, sold across Australia, which first appeared in 1927. It was small format, about half A4, and by
the late 1930s had grown to over 60 pages! It contained details of daily mediumwave radio programs from Auistralian stations
for the following week, and was published by the Herald and Weekly Times, Melbourne..
A shortwave section was introduced in 1930.
Details about daily shortwave transmissionschedules were also given, in order of language:
listings of May 23 1937 showed broadcasts from the German station DBA in various languages, and from Czechoslovakia
OLR.Italian programs from RO were also provided. I think RO was the Italian Radio! Broadcasts from the French station TPA
The magazine had many features, including constructional articles for receivers, crystal sets,
antennas, amplifiers, adverts for Melbourne-based firms selling radio and electrical equipment, ads for cough medicines, books
for home mechanics, Ju-Jitsu schools.
There was a special "Junior Section". An article of May 23 1937 was titled "DX Listening
and Reporting - how to tune in distant stations and how to get verifications of reports".
In 1933, the magazine started a listeners' Club, know as the "Australian DX Club".Membership
was 1/- annually, and people joining received a Membership Certificate and Badge, and allocated membership numbers based on
their States of residence.
In 1938 the Melbourne ADXC members set up a newsletter, due to the limitations of space
allocated in the "Listener In". This was offered for 3/6 annual subscription. This was orgiinally mediumwave, but was extended
to include shortwave.
A shortwave section was introduced in the early 1940s.
I was a keen reader of the
LI, which I had started buying in 1947.
The "Listener-In" ceased publication in 1954. TV had started in 1956, and a new magazine
for Melbourne readers appeared in 1957, known as "TV Radio Week", the name being later changed to "TV Week", which survives
to the present day.
All editions of the "Listener
In" are on file in the Serials Section of the State Library of Victoria, Swanston St, Melbourne, where they may be viewed