4pm on the 2nd October 1976, just three months after the launch of Australia’s first regularly-licensed public broadcaster 3CR, the first edition of “Jazz On A Saturday went to air. October 2013 marked the 37th Anniversary of that first transmission. Then as now, it was presented on behalf of the Victorian Jazz Club (founded 1968).
The first programs came from the 3CR’s original premises off High Street Armadale, with the trasmitter in the next room, the antenna on the roof, Roger Beilby behind the mic and John Smyth at the controls. Thirty-seven years later (including two new studios, two new transmitters, the advent of the CD, digital radio and the Internet ... and two additional presenters), “Jazz On A Saturday” is still doing what it started out to do – broadcasting great jazz and news about the jazz scene. Special events include our annual live broadcast from the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz (2013 was our sixth).
Today the team comprises (left to right) John Smyth, Roger Beilby, John Trudinger and Geoff Tobin. Each brings their own persective on jazz, providing great diversity and depth to the weekly program. They look forward to your company at 4pm on Saturday afternoon on 855 AM or Digital Radio, or at any time anywhere in the world via 3CR's Audio on Demand.
Stay up to date with our events on the Victorian Jazz Cub website