The Vault: 2WL Wollongong

Staff Writer

From 'The Vault' comes this story from Wollongong in 1980; the full story, or at least the details that are known, can be seen here.

2WL, now known as Wave FM, was an iconic radio brand in the Illawarra in the 70s and 80s in particular. For anyone who lived in Wollongong at that time, the logo at right was a sticker on back of cars all over the market.

In November 1980, 2WL went off the air briefly. The reason given was a 'slight technical hitch', which was certainly glossing over what had actually occurred.

That day, a tornado had hit the city near Port Kembla, lifted one of the transmitters off its base and smashed it into the ground. Never a good day at a radio station when that happens.

See the photos below, and if you can shed any further light on what happened, let GD know here.














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