Martin/Molloy placed into NFSA

The Martin/Molloy radio show was completely groundbreaking.

Whilst many people may not recall, at the time they started, there had not been a lot of 'content' programs on Drive, the timeslot at the time was dominated by music shifts, and there certainly had not been any truly national shows.

Martin/Molloy changed that, and in doing so paved the way for many personality shows in the drive timeslot over subsequent years.

Now, Tony Martin has gifted his complete Martin/Molloy archive to the National Film and Sound Archive. Speaking to Radio Today, Tony commented;

'It's been quite a job keeping all these cassettes out of direct sunlight for the last couple of decades. The problem for any potential archivist is that, being tapes, they have to be digitised in 'real time' – no 'drag and copy' shortcuts are possible."

"I feel for the person who will have to transfer them all; they'll probably be mystified by endless references to people like Mal Colston, Roy Hampsen, and Wa Wa Nee."

The collection of 185 (count them!) 90 minute cassettes, are a part of Australian radio history and it is fantastic that they will be placed into the NFSA.

Firstly a photo of the actual archive of Martin/Molloy cassettes;

Secondly a run-sheet for one of the episodes;

And as a sweetener, how is every sketch from 5 years of the Degeneration Breakfast show on Triple M.

More from the Degeneration;

 

The National Film and Sound Archive is a fitting place for the audio to be placed, as Tony Martin said however; "it will take them weeks to transfer it all to digital". Maybe so, but worth it.

And if you missed Scott Muller's interview with Tony Martin last year, you can read it here.

 

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