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'Happy Birthday Channel 9 Adelaide' - 55th Birthday Exhibition at Kevin Crease Studio

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Happy 55th Birthday Channel 9

Channel 9 Adelaide is celebrating its 55th birthday with a special photographic exhibition.

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Channel 9 Tynte Street Studios 1959. Photo:

NWS Channel Nine was the first commercial television station to go to air in South Australia at its Tynte Street Studios on September 5, 1959. At the launch a young Rupert Murdoch watched his new project unfold, and Sir Thomas Playford, the Premier of South Australia delivered a short speech. It was linked to Mudoch's Adelaide newspaper The News hence the call-sign NWS.

It didn't go according to plan with a few setbacks, including a fire which destroyed part of the studios. The first pictures were transmitted from a temporary studio.

To celebrate this momentous anniversary the doors of Tynte Street will open to the public for a special photographic exhibition from September 8 to 26, giving the public a rare look into the exciting and challenging early years of television in Adelaide.

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Kevin Crease & Anne Wills. Photo:

The exhibition housed in the Kevin Crease Studio will showcase the behind-the-scenes story of the studio that produced such audience favourites as Adelaide Tonight, Country and Western Hour, Curiosity Show, Humphrey and Friends, The Channel Niners, Postcards, and of course Nine News.

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Channel 9 personalities including; Top row (l to r) Reg Lindsay, Pam Weston, Ernie Sigley, Humphrey Bear. Bottom row; Anne Wills, Ian Fairweather, Lionel Williams and Ann North. Source: Miracle on Tynte Street; The Channel 9 Story by Rex Heading and Trevor Jones. Photo:

See never-before-released photos of Adelaide identities including John Doherty, Kevin Crease, Ernie Sigley, Anne Wills, Rob Kelvin, Humphrey and some of the nation's biggest TV and music stars that were all captured candidly and held in the NWS archives.

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Many children grew up with Humphrey B Bear. Photo

Learn what made NWS9 the pre-eminent station in South Australia from the staff, the stars and the out-of-the-ordinary characters such as about Bobo the Clown, Chico the Chimpanzee and Winky Dink.

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Winky Dink with hosts Robin Roenfeldt and Joey Moore. Photo: You Tube

Get up close and personal with the Nine News set, see the impact the Channel Nine Telethon has had on the community, and get a glimpse into what the next 55 years of television might be like.

Join in the celebrations. This exhibition will be one of a kind and not to be missed!
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Why? Take A Look Back At Channel 9's History
When: Monday September 8 until Friday September 26, between 11am and 4pm
Where: 202 Tynte Street, North Adelaide
Cost: Free
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