THE SPACE SHOW
with Andrew Rennie
The Space Show is a one hour radio programme presented every Wednesday evening between 7 and 8 p.m. Australian Eastern Time (AEST=UTC+10 hours, AEDT=UTC+11 hours) by Andrew Rennie and other members of the Space Association of Australia for 88.3 Southern FM.
It aims to promote a public understanding of spaceflight and astronomy, and to provide the public and members of the Space Association of Australia with up-to-date news of space related events. To do so it covers a wide range of current space and astronomical events.
The Space Show began on 1991 April 7 as a fortnightly half hour programme on Sunday afternoons. Within a few months it had so impressed the station's Programming Committee that it was promoted to one hour per week, and on 1991 November 13 switched to Wednesday evenings. It has never missed a week since.
The producer and presenter is Andrew Rennie.
Peter Aylward travels international to secure material, while in the past Alan Walker and Simon Winn kept the show on track by twiddling the knobs back in "Mission Control", making the occassional solo foray onto the airwaves, and digitaly transferring material around the world. From 2016 to 2019 "Jay" operated the console in mission control.
The Space Show includes: space and astronomy news; interviews; recordings of lectures; the night sky; media alerts or previews; media reviews; historical documentaries; explanations of the science behind the space events and astronomical discoveries; Space Association and community event notices; and ocassionally music.
Neeedless to say, most of the material broadcast are exclusive to The Space Show. They will not be heard on any other station because we record most of our own material and also because no other Australian radio station devotes an hour per week to covering space and astronomy.
88.3 Southern FM (a.k.a. 3SCB) broadcasts in stereo on 88.3 MHz on the FM band, using a 250 watt transmitter on the Moorabbin TAFE. Polarisation is vertical. We can be received in most areas of Metropolitan Melbourne provided the listener has an efficient radio receiver with a vertical antenna. N.B. The owner of the radio above will NOT be able to receive well as the antenna is not extended!!
During 1995 we moved into new studios. The move resulted in better production facilities being available, allowing a higher standard of programme to reach the listener.
During 1998 the studios were equipped with minidisc players, replacing the ageing "cart" machines. We also installed a satellite dish, allowing us to access programming from ComRadSat, the Community radio satellite network, relayed via an Optus satellite.
In 2005 we again moved studios, this time to Mentone. A transmitter shift and upgrade was made in the early 2010s.
At about this time we also began streaming live on the Internet.
In early 2015 we were on the move yet again, to new studios in Brighton.
During 2011 and 2012 more than a thousand past programme items were digitised into MPEG 3 format, and loaded onto the Southern FM computer server for public download. New items are added about a week after broadcast. As a general rule entire shows will not be added, with the exception of the few listed below. Few because in the early days we didn't usually record the programmes and most of the ones that did get recorded were erased within a few days. The eight listed below somehow escaped erasure!
Listen or Download entire first show 1991 April 7 (32 min 56 s - 30.9 MB)
Listen or Download entire second show 1991 April 14 (29 min 09 s - 27.3 MB)
No show 1991 April 28 due to Telethon
Listen or Download entire third show 1991 May 12 (31 min 45 s - 29.8 MB)
Listen or Download entire Mars special show 1991 June 30 (60 min 03 s - 56.3 MB)
Listen or Download entire Apollo anniversary show 1993 July 21 (61 min 10 s - 57.4 MB)
Listen or Download entire Toni Myers IMAX show 2002 July 17 (56 min 02 s - 52.5 MB)
Listen or Download entire Mars opposition show 2003 August 20 (60 min 37 s - 55.5 MB)
Listen or Download entire Christmas eve show 2014 December 24 (58 min 38 s - 53.5 MB)
On our 24th anniversary we made our first broadcast from our new studios in Brighton. Listen or Download entire anniversary show, 2015 April 1 (58 min 32 s - 53.4 MB)
Our 25th anniversary included a flashback to our first programme and a long interview with the last man on the Moon, Gene Cernan. Listen or Download entire anniversary show, 2016 April 6 (59 min 37 s - 57.2 MB)
During 1998 The Space Show recorded many events at the International Astronautical Federation Congress in Melbourne. We invite you to take a look at to some of the items we recorded there.
In 2010 both Andrew and Peter travelled to the Kennedy Space Center to report on the rundown of the Space Shuttle programme, and the changes President Obama was bringing to the United States Space policy. Andrew's Diary of the month he spent in Florida is posted here. It is liberally illustrated by his own photos.
During 2017 the "Three Amigos" (Angelo, Michael and Peter) began filing weekly news reports. In 2019 Tina joined our news team. The Space Show has always had news, which previously was compiled by Andrew Rennie, Richard Tonkin or Alan Walker.
For over a decade we ran the daily radio series Earth & Sky on The Space Show. We often use other material supplied by mainly NASA, ESA, STScI and JAXA. Such use is acknowledged in the programme listings below.
We maked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission with a series of hourly "news" reports for the full eight days. Read about this and access a zipped archive of all 224 reports.
Listen to our original on-air promotional message, circa. 1991.
To see what items were broadcast on any given date, and to listen to some of them, we invite you to follow the links below;
|1991 Interviews||1991 Lectures||1991 Documentaries|
|1992 Interviews||1992 Lectures||1992 Documentaries|
|1993 Interviews||1993 Lectures||1993 Documentaries|
|An article about the 1994 programmes|
|1994 Interviews||1994 Lectures||1994 Documentaries|
|1995 Interviews||1995 Lectures||1995 Documentaries|
|1996 Interviews||1996 Lectures||1996 Documentaries|
|1997 Interviews||1997 Lectures||1997 Documentaries|
|1998 Interviews||1998 Lectures||1998 Documentaries|
|1999 Interviews||1999 Lectures||1999 Documentaries|
|2000 Interviews||2000 Lectures||2000 Documentaries|
|2001 Interviews||2001 Lectures||2001 Documentaries|
|2002 Interviews||2002 Lectures||2002 Documentaries|
|2003 Interviews||2003 Lectures||2003 Documentaries|
|2004 Interviews||2004 Lectures||2004 Documentaries|
|2005 Interviews||2005 Lectures||2005 Documentaries|
|2006 Interviews||2006 Lectures||2006 Documentaries|
|2007 Interviews||2007 Lectures||2007 Documentaries|
|2008 Interviews||2008 Lectures||2008 Documentaries|
|2009 Interviews||2009 Lectures||2009 Documentaries|
|2010 Interviews||2010 Lectures||2010 Documentaries|
|2011 Interviews||2011 Lectures||2011 Documentaries|
|2012 Interviews||2012 Lectures||2012 Documentaries|
|2013 Interviews||2013 Lectures||2013 Documentaries|
|2014 Interviews||2014 Lectures||2014 Documentaries|
|2015 Interviews||2015 Lectures||2015 Documentaries|
|2016 Interviews||2016 Lectures||2016 Documentaries|
|2017 Interviews||2017 Lectures||2017 Documentaries|
|2018 Interviews||2018 Lectures||2018 Documentaries|
|2019 Interviews||2019 Lectures||2019 Documentaries|
When The Space Show began, there was a clear distinction between interviews, lecture recordings and documentary features. For several years now the boundaries between these three catagories has become blurred, so we have decided to dispense with these catagories and from 2020 to list all programmes in chronological order in one annual list.
|2020 Programmes||2021 Programmes||2022 Programmes|
Sponsorship Opportunity : The Space Show has available up to four minutes an hour of sponsoship. We invite you to contact the radio station to discuss terms.
Listen or download sponsorship invitation (30 s - 0.5 MB)
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