THE SPACE SHOW

with Andrew Rennie

Twentysix Years On Air ! ! !

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.

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   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 we don't usually record the programmes and most of the ones that do get recorded are 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.

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.

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;

Alphabetical List of People (who have been on, or discussed on, the Show)

Alphabetical List of Topics (that have been covered on the Show)

Precursor Audio - From Before The Space Show

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    

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.

Write to us:
Space Association of Australia, Inc
P.O. Box 351
Mulgrave
Victoria 3170
Australia

E-mail us: spaceflight@space.asn.au