Lecture: Happy birthday Triple J! 40 years of big sound and big impact

Minister for Media, Moss Cass at Double J studios in Sydney in 1975 

Minister for Media, Moss Cass at Double J studios in Sydney in 1975 (National Archives of Australia A6180, 4/7/75/19


Monday 19 January 2015 marked the 40th birthday of 2JJ. Media and popular music historian Dr Liz Giuffre from the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University spoke at a public forum at the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney. The talk is available to watch below:


Triple J 40 years

When: Monday January 19, 2015. 11am – 12noon followed by refreshments
Where: Whitlam Institute, Female Orphan School, UWS Parramatta. Cnr James Ruse Dr & Victoria Rds, Rydalmere
Free

On January 19, 1975 the first broadcast of 2JJ – a Sydney-based radio station established by the Whitlam Government - opened with a bang with the Skyhooks' You just like me 'cause I'm good in bed.

The small studio in Sydney's Kings Cross from which 2JJ broadcast may have at first appeared unremarkable, but its announcers were enthusiastic, the playlist aimed to support the diversity of the Australian music scene, the pioneering news and current affairs coverage explored the realities of young people's experiences in Australia, and it was clearly focused on developing a dedicated space for young people to engage in and with the media.

These beginnings have shaped young people's participation in the media ever since.

Gough Whitlam message to Triple J 2005 

Co-presented by the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University and the Whitlam Institute within the University of Western Sydney, with the support of Triple J.

Dr Liz Giuffre Dr Liz Giuffre holds a PhD in Media, Music and Cultural Studies and MA (Research) in Contemporary Music from Macquarie University. Her research and teaching cover music and media crossings, artist and audience engagement and Australian cultural histories of popular music and (post) broadcast media. She also works regularly in the national independent arts press as a journalist and commentator, including work as the regular contributing editor for Metro Magazine and contributor for The Conversation. She is also an associate member of the Centre for Media History, and the publication/web officer for IASPM (International Association for the Study of Popular Music) Australia/New Zealand.

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