ABC Alice Springs throw the doors open

Staff Writer
Rae Allen ABC Station Manager 88-94, doing an OB at the Alice Springs Show

ABC Alice Springs will hold an open day next Wednesday April 1st, on the 25th anniversary of the opening of the current studios on Gap Road.

The opening at that time was quite an event with people riding a line of camels, headed by former ABC Boss David Hill (pictured below).

The first manager of ABC Alice Springs, Rae Allen, said:

“When I first came to Alice Springs the studio was pretty much a demountable studio in an office on top of the photographic store in Reg Harris lane. 

The people that were working there at the time were pretty much feeding content through to Darwin to be rebroadcast across the Territory, so the idea was we would build a proper studio in Alice Springs and also staff it so we could do Territory-wide programming out of Alice Springs.

They put the satellite dishes in and immediately I mentioned to one of the guys that I didn’t think they were pointing in the right direction. It turned out the building was actually in the road of the view of the satellites from the dishes, so they had to trim part of the dome on the building off to get clear sight”

You can read more of the story at the ABC Alice Springs website here and see a fantastic collection of photos below from the new studios, and the older ones.

Then ABC Managing Director David Hill riding the lead camel. pic Rae AllenDavid Moncrief at the old ABC site in the late 80s. pic Rae AllenConstruction in 1989. pic Rae AllenPresenters Meridith Campbell & Ian Jamieson in the new studiosMargaret Throsby presents her Sydney 2BL show from Alice SpringsPeter 'Fitzy' Fitzimmons does the saturday sports show from the old studios

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