ONE of Griffith's most noticeable buildings along Remembrance Drive and the former home to the city’s first and only combined television and radio station is going under the hammer.
Known as the Broadcast Centre, the building plays a significant role in Griffith’s radio and television history, one that’s innovation lead the way for many broadcast centres across Australia.
The late Ray Gamble was the brains behind the construction and operation of the purpose-built station in 1965, which was originally home to MTN9 and 2RG and later went on to house Star FM and WIN Television.
Over the years the building hosted a number of radio and television shows which covered news, sport, entertainment, children’s programs and interactive shows.
Greg Murphy, who worked at the Broadcast Centre for more than 30 years and is the manager of Griffith’s WIN Television station, said the building has a unique and colourful history playing an important role in the development of Griffith’s radio and TV network,” Mr Murphy said.
“Locally-produced TV shows like Farm Topics, Making Men, Cooking Better Electrically, Romper Room and more contributed to making the Broadcast Centre a must for school tours.
“That combined with the recording artists that visited 2RG gave the TV and radio station prominence and popularity throughout the area.
“It was a fantastic place to work in, it was an exciting place and there was always something on.
“People would reflect back on that building with nothing but great memories and you can’t underestimate the magic of such a building.”
One of the region’s most iconic radio announcers Allan Wallett, who spent more than 40 years on 2RG’s airways, said it was a shame the building was being sold and hopes its significance will be remembered.
“That building is important to the history of radio and television in Griffith, especially for TV because that is where TV in Griffith was first broadcast from,” Mr Wallett said.
“It is a shame it is being sold because of its vibrant history and it would be sad if it was just destroyed.”
The building will be auctioned through Griffith Real Estate on November 17.