New Zealand

Remembering radio pioneers 100 years on.
One hundred years ago Gisborne became the home of one New Zealand’s first radio broadcasting stations. Station 2YM was started by three Gisborne amateur radio operators — Percy Stevens, Ivan O’Meara and Bob Patty. They obtained one of the first broadcasting licences on October 27, 1923. The station originally operated a 25 watt home-constructed transmitter from Stevens’ lounge on Wainui Road. Due to port traffic noise the station soon moved to Stevens’ business, Gisborne Radio Co. at 258 Gladstone Road.
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