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WASA McMurdo Antarctica – Radio Heritage Media Release

Bob Flint, Station Manager of WASA McMurdo during the 1972 winter season, shares extracts from his personal diary in the latest feature about radio in Antarctica just released by the Radio Heritage Foundation at www.radioheritage.net.

You’ll learn of the trials and tribulations of running a radio station in one of the most challenging environments on earth. Obstacles included isolation, the weather, demolishing of studio facilities and a commanding officer who ordered the morale boosting station off the air.

In a short one year period, WASA moved from 600 AM to 100 FM, lurching briefly into MUGR [McMurdo Under Ground Radio] and WRFM [Radio Free McMurdo] along the way.

Bob has also dug deeply into his personal photo collection to share a range of images of the station studio, DJ’s on the air, station signage, an interview with ‘National Review’ founder and journalist William F Buckley Jnr and much more that you’ll enjoy today at www.radioheritage.net.

The first live Antarctic sports broadcast, live coverage of moon landings, and the first live broadcast from the USA are just some of the highlights in our new feature ‘WASA McMurdo, Antarctica’.

This is the second in a series about broadcasting in the Antarctic presented by the Radio Heritage Foundation as part of its ongoing project to preserve, protect and remember radio heritage from around the Pacific region. You’ll also enjoy ‘Antarctic Radio Unfreezes’ at www.radioheritage.net for coverage of other stations on the Ice Continent.

If you have your own memories, memorabilia and more to share about broadcasting at McMurdo and elsewhere in the Antarctic, we’d very much like to hear from you.

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