Incredible radio innings: Melbourne’s RSN turns 99


It’s the kind of innings Don Bradman would be proud of.

RSN Racing and Sport – officially the longest running commercial radio station in Melbourne – is turning 99 today.

Known for decades as 3UZ, the station’s first licensed transmission was conducted on this day back in 1925.

The station has been the home of many of Australia‘s most high profile stars and announcers, including Bert Newton, Graham Kennedy, John Blackman, Stan Rofe, Don Lane, Don Lunn and Allan Lappan.

For decades, RSN has been known for its coverage of racing and sport, featuring Australia’s greatest race callers.

Bert Bryant (pictured above) was the voice of Saturday racing from the 1950s into the seventies. Bert was a showman, and listeners tuned in to be entertained by Bert’s colourful race calls.

Then there was Bryan Martin, Brian Blackmore, John Russell, Bill Collins (at different stages in his career), Brian Markovic, Ron Hawkswell and many more.

Through the years, RSN has had different call signs and different formats but through it all, sport and entertainment have remained at the forefront.

Broadcasting across Victoria on 927AM and streaming everywhere, RSN Racing and Sport is the current call sign.

And once they’ve blown out all 99 of those birthday candles today, the RSN team turns its attention to next year’s centenary celebrations.

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