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This Day in History - 12.20.2011

Radio Australia Goes International

By Marissa Lucero

On December 20, 1939, Radio Australia, which is still a major international broadcasting power today, began broadcasting overseas using short waves. This is important because it broadened Radio Australia’s communication to continents such as Asia. In that time period in history, radio was the means of mass communication, as televisions were not typical in homes until years later. The radio station also is translated into eight different languages, making the information readily available to many different countries listeners.