Project ID: 143
Title Emil Voigt and the foundation of 2KY - ROBIN VOIGT
DESCRIPTION  My family were prominent in early Australian radio (1925-1935). I have been researching them for a number of years and have many press clippings and photos - mostly 2KY and 2GB. My grandfather EMIL VOIGT was one of the foremost pioneers of the fledgling Australian broadcasting industry in early 1920s. He was founder, chairman & general manager of 2KY (1925-1935), founding chairman of the Australian Federation of Commercial Broadcasting Stations (1927-1930) & President of the Radio Manufacturers Association of NSW (1928-1929); my father RION VOIGT was an announcer with 2KY for 40 years, joining them in 1932 age 17. He trained with the BBC, also worked in NZ with 2ZA, 2ZB, 5ZB; my grandmother EUNICE STELZER joined 2GB at its beginning in 1926 working there for 22 years as announcer and musical advisor. She founded the 2GB Happiness Club which gave assistance to people during the Depression years, also founded Eurobodalla Homes; my aunt JOY MOORHOUSE started work at 2GB at the age of 15 in 1932, working there for 50 years. She was the station's first receptionist & telephonist, went on to work as a producer of the first open line/ talkback programs in 1966.
TYPE Radio
INSTITUTION  Independent scholar
KEYWORDS 2KY, Emil Voigt, Eunice Stelzer, Joy Moorhouse, 2GB, radio manufacturing
Researcher Role Institution Department
Robin Voigt Chief Investigator Independent scholar