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1923 __ South African radio broadcasts
Comment : The first station in South Africa was put up by the South African Railways in Johannesburg on December 29, 1923. The Cape and Peninsula Broadcasting Association started a similar service in Cape Town, on September 15, 1924. The Durban organization began broadcasting on December 10, 1924. Financial support came from listener's licenses. Because of the limited area covered by the three organizations, each functioning separately, the revenue from listeners' licences was low, with the result that these enterprises did not pay. That was why the financially stronger Schlesinger organization, with the permission of the Government, formed the African Broadcasting Company on April 1, 1927, in which the three broadcasting organizations were incorporated. This new organization had the sole rights of broadcasting. (Barry Mishkind, “The Broadcast Archives”, [http://www.oldradio.com/ www.oldradio.com])In 1920, Radio is demonstrated to the public in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Later in the year visiting music hall celebrity Harry Lauder sang 'I Love a Lassie' which was broadcast. Reuters undertakes to provide a bulletin of South African news to be broadcast over recognized wireless stations for the benefit of shipping. The first South African radio broadcast of a music concert is in Johannesburg by the SA Railways on 18 December, 1923. Regular radio broadcasts start on 1 July, 1924. Its source, Station JB in the Stutterfords Building, Johannesburg. Speeches and a music programme were co-ordinated by Annie Manthey - South Africa's first continuity announcer. The station is commercial, advertisements being read by announcers. The station closes in 1927. In September the Cape and Peninsula Broadcasting Association starts a radio service in the JNX Building in Greenmarket Square. Its studio manager is Rene Caprara, later Director-General of the SABC. The first church service is broadcast from Cape Town and in 1925, the first rugby match commentary from Newlands. (Compiled from various sources)
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