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SOME EARLY HISTORY.

THEOMGINAIL6WF. I '., ? '? i ? ! Opening Ceremony Described.

It is interesting to read the report in 'The West Australian' of 'the opening of the original 6WF (the fourth broad cafitintr station to so on the air 'in Aus

tralia) on June 4, 1924. Evidently the journalists of nine years ago were not conversant with radio, as in one place Mr, P. Collier is described as speaking into a 'receiver,' instead of into a 'micro- phone.' The report is as follows:— 'No other Premier of the State ever spoke to such a wide audience of the people as . did .Mr^ Collier last night, when he 3Pened' the.' new broadcasting station, of tne Westralian Farmers, Ltd. The occa sion was a unique one in the history of the State, because of the simple reason that listeners in towns as far distant from Perth as Geraldton, Sandstone, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Albany and Bunbury were ivaiting to hear what the Premier had to 'With- the advance of the Bcience cf tvireless telegraphy the Westraliau Far mers, Ltd., decided to instal a broadcast ing station, and last night it was formally jpened by the Premier, Mr. Collier. To celebrate tne occasion, -the company in rited a large number ;of guests to the ceremony. Prior' to tie, actual opening ceremony, the guests, who numbered seve ral hundred, inspected -the plant, which was so extensive that: it extended over three floors .of the building. . 'Mr. Basil Murray, on behalf of the company, .welcomed the, guests. He ex plained that later in the evening the Pre mier, would declare the station open by speaking into a receiver .pn an upper floor,' where the studio, was situated, From the studio; the speech and the subsequent concert, would be transmitted . .to the aerials and - reconveyed to. the receivers in the main reception room,' where. the main, party of. the guests were gathered, alsa hroughout the State. ' The gathering filled the large room, and when Mr. Collier was introduced to the audience by medium of; the loud speaker, by Mr. Murray, his voice was very clear. .It was'so 'clear that every word carried distinctly to- each. part of the' large room. The various - concert items ? were also very, distinct. Subset quently Mr. J. Thomson, who controlled; the operations, was complimented. / i'The Premier, in his . address chrougn the^wireless receiving'- apparatus, said he greatly iappreciatedithe; privilege vof open ng i- the \ ^ first ~*. broadcasting system* of ;wire iless ' telephony' v and - telegrapliyi in West; ern^ Australia;,* It,-had- beeni iustalled:.at a cost; of f approximately .'.; £ 12.000/- and': had a broadcasting capacity ;i6f;. 600;vniil«3:\Westra ilianFariners; Ltd.- which; hadrinstalled ;the 'service, - deserved'/ great!' creilitv for 'its' en- fOmri«.' Tt. ? haA - fi.000 clients! to tCater :f or.

ihdits service would-ateQ be; for .the.eain- :ation of all' those .whbposse^sedyreceivj ng sets in -. any . part: of , fhe' State.. JBuch in installation would serve ; to^vercoine ihe' isolation ,-iWhich wad one or- .the dis ibilities of presenfrday,:iUfe inithe country. '''?The service 1 would .annihilate -..distance, ind'brihg the people'! of the outback in ton touch with everyday life, and .enjoy ment' of i the . city, ,and of othericoun^cies, wb'ose messages ;-came .over tHe .'ether*; A station of thekindAhe was opening vhad a «n*f special significance to Westentmus trafii, because:of : the;great distances .of ftL * 5l^:»i^-t)te^:co^Ba^ve]^-.few,.^fople wha lived Heiei ''?: In', no other:State'.did..the Baine conditions Vapj[ly.;; -An innovation of the^ nature Vof v:tKe?';Droadcasting'-' serVice would .. be . of ^imniieaBur'ably greater value toithe people'bf- the 'remotest areas, of %tlie State .tmi».-to-.tne;^peppje, who lived inMthe metrpp6litan-area; '??-. ' -??' ? ,_, '-. . ' - . ?.^'Piiom* Esperance.^ to ; Wyndhanv vjthe owners of small'- receiving/ sets^w;ould{ be able 'tp^ listen in .and-.;enjoy .all ; that could be .'offefed]in;the. city :in Jhe;way.of music, song,' lecture, and 'gerierdlNvocal 'entertain ment; Broadcasting- i was^ a .-wonderful science. ' It had^made great p'rojgress during the ?past^tenYyears.'' ?A.-cablev.message}' in to-day''s ^paper ?» informed tHem i of v: a . euc cessfuL^expeEiment in yrireless \ telephony between i -.Greats Britain^ arid-'Australia;,-) I could.'be\ truly '-said that thejay marked an- epoch' in: the history, of Western 'Aus- tralia, ; because it established not. , only State-wide communicition : between- jhe ether -of i ^the . State^-Mt )? world-wide^ ., '.To him,;ais- Premier jofithe. State;- it was very gratifying ? to. know,. the';efcatipn,:had *been designed'* and '? manufactiired;',in /Austnilia, and, being lthe .. most'; powerful tof .-its'*kin- in. the 'Commonwealth; iit^reflected^grJeat credit on those^respdnsible. forrfits^inslal lation. . Conduding,?'- 'Mr.^CoUier '?? 'said: ?While -you are compelled :to listen ;-td.:jme, 'you cannot talk ?-back, or V interject,;, for if ?you; attempt to' do' so* 'I* would tbe;blis8fully uncon8'cioufi.''v HeMecl^red the'bfoadcast ing statipn.vopen.' ,.;..'i-' ;???'?.? . /''' ?^Subseguently-ia'.: Iong5 p'rogramme .. of mu sical 'items was rendered* those contri buting being Mr. G. C. Haywood, Miss Lilian Pether, the Wendowie Quartette, Mr. H. Gibson, and Mr. R. Francis.

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