Student Radio History Podcast

Pirate Radio 3DR 1971 - Make Radio Not War

February 12, 2020 Rafal Alumairy Season 1 Episode 1
Student Radio History Podcast
Pirate Radio 3DR 1971 - Make Radio Not War
Chapters
00:00:00
Introduction
00:01:43
Political Context - Vietnam War
00:13:11
Resisting the draft - Hell No We Won't Go!
00:24:00
Planning the Protest - Hiding the Draft Resisters at Melbourne University
00:38:38
The Siege at Melbourne University
01:05:44
3DR Lives For Another Year
01:14:38
Radio Gets Legal - 3CR and 4ZZZ
01:21:27
Climate Change Protestors - What We Can Learn
01:29:34
Conclusion - Future Episodes!
Student Radio History Podcast
Pirate Radio 3DR 1971 - Make Radio Not War
Feb 12, 2020 Season 1 Episode 1
Rafal Alumairy

As a sort of accident, this illegal station became Australia's biggest pirate radio project in history. There have been small pirate radio projects before and after 3DR, but none as organised, as ambitious or as notorious as 3DR. This is the FIRST TIME this infamous story has been put together comprehensively and accurately.

In 1971, students and activists created 3DR Draft Resistance Radio created as part of a protest against the Vietnam War. This is the story of a group of young people inadvertently building the first community radio station in Australia.  

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
This episode will start by explaining the political context of the station, which cannot be separated from the radio itself. The Vietnam War was fiercely opposed, and protesting the draft became the way of protesting the war. Then I will explain the organisation of a fateful political action at Melbourne University, and the reasoning behind building a pirate radio station as part of the protest. This protest action ended in a great deal of shattered glass and embarrassment for the police, along with triumph for the protesters. 3DR went on to live for about another year in various physical forms and different names. In 1974 moves were made to obtain a legal broadcasting licence for radical radio, at the beginnings of 3CR the Community Radio Federation, removing the need for illegal radio in Australia. I will argue there is a clear connection between 3DR Pirate Radio and current radical radio stations 3CR in Melbourne and 4ZZZ in Brisbane. Finally a call to arms for young people protesting climate change - protests WORK, let's draw inspiration from the battlers who were active against the Vietnam War and know that mass mobilisation is possible.

This is the first podcast in a series that documents the History of Student Radio in Australia. Hope you enjoy - Stay radical Australia!

Show Notes Chapter Markers

As a sort of accident, this illegal station became Australia's biggest pirate radio project in history. There have been small pirate radio projects before and after 3DR, but none as organised, as ambitious or as notorious as 3DR. This is the FIRST TIME this infamous story has been put together comprehensively and accurately.

In 1971, students and activists created 3DR Draft Resistance Radio created as part of a protest against the Vietnam War. This is the story of a group of young people inadvertently building the first community radio station in Australia.  

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
This episode will start by explaining the political context of the station, which cannot be separated from the radio itself. The Vietnam War was fiercely opposed, and protesting the draft became the way of protesting the war. Then I will explain the organisation of a fateful political action at Melbourne University, and the reasoning behind building a pirate radio station as part of the protest. This protest action ended in a great deal of shattered glass and embarrassment for the police, along with triumph for the protesters. 3DR went on to live for about another year in various physical forms and different names. In 1974 moves were made to obtain a legal broadcasting licence for radical radio, at the beginnings of 3CR the Community Radio Federation, removing the need for illegal radio in Australia. I will argue there is a clear connection between 3DR Pirate Radio and current radical radio stations 3CR in Melbourne and 4ZZZ in Brisbane. Finally a call to arms for young people protesting climate change - protests WORK, let's draw inspiration from the battlers who were active against the Vietnam War and know that mass mobilisation is possible.

This is the first podcast in a series that documents the History of Student Radio in Australia. Hope you enjoy - Stay radical Australia!

Introduction
Political Context - Vietnam War
Resisting the draft - Hell No We Won't Go!
Planning the Protest - Hiding the Draft Resisters at Melbourne University
The Siege at Melbourne University
3DR Lives For Another Year
Radio Gets Legal - 3CR and 4ZZZ
Climate Change Protestors - What We Can Learn
Conclusion - Future Episodes!