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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 3 (June 1, 1936)

The Radio and Sport

The Radio and Sport.

Five or six years ago radio broadcasting had not reached the high state of perfection that we know it to be to-day, and few purchasers of sets realised just what wide range of entertainment was to be put at their disposal. Nowadays it is accepted as commonplace to hear broadcasts of the running of the Melbourne Cup, the All Blacks playing in England, Royal messages from England, or English radio programmes. But in sport and radio there is always something fresh to interest those who are not blase. When Jack Lovelock raced Glenn Cunningham in America last year, an English sporting writer timed the race in England! He started his watch at the report of the gun heard by radio in England and stopped it as the announcer told of Lovelock passing
The Bessborough Hotel of the Canadian National Railways at Saskatoon, Canada.

The Bessborough Hotel of the Canadian National Railways at Saskatoon, Canada.

the post—and his watch showed time only one-fifth of a second slower than the official time! That was just one of the thrilling uses of radio in sport. Another example comes from the Arctic wastes. Here it is: —

When H. B. Toft was selected as a hooker for England in a recent Rugby match he received innumerable congratulatory messages, but the one he prized most came by radio from Brandy Bay. It read: “Congratulations, good luck in match,” and was signed “Moss.” The sender was R. Moss, a school contemporary of Toft's. Nothing thrilling about that, is there? But wait a minute—. Moss is a member of the Oxford University Arctic Expedition to North-east Island. The party consists of ten men with a base camp at Brandy Bay, but Moss and one companion have established a camp of two on the ice about forty miles inland—(or in-ice?)—where they are conducting physical research into the nature of the ice. They are completely isolated for fourteen months, and from March to the end of April Moss was alone living in a hole bored in the ice, while his companion, was away on another task of research. The only means of communicating with the main party, and the outside world, was by wireless. The batteries were charged daily by suspending a bicycle and pedalling, the back wheel geared to a small dynamo. The names of the English team reached Moss over his radio, and

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