Radio turns back time with vinyl records

GOOD OLD DAYS: John Bortolazzo says 2MIA listeners will be impressed with the new vinyl collection.
GOOD OLD DAYS: John Bortolazzo says 2MIA listeners will be impressed with the new vinyl collection.

Miss that old crackling sound you used to hear at the start of a song? 

A Riverina radio station is bringing vinyl records back to the airwaves. 

It comes as Wagga music enthusiasts are increasingly turning to the record as part of an emerging nationwide trend. 

A staggering $15.1 million worth of records were sold across the country in 2016 – up 70 per cent on the previous year, according to data from the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

It is predicted regional residents make up a sizeable portion of the market. 

While digital content still dominates the playlist of most radio stations, Griffith’s community station 2MIA is turning back the clock using records in a number of their shows. 

Scott Williams, host of Sunday Jazz with Scott W, donated a record player and 80 of his mother’s favourite vinyl records. 

“There’s a certain art to vinyl records that conveys something different from that crisp digital sound,” he said. 

Mr Williams said the records were just gathering dust at his mother’s house. He noticed a number of the songs aren’t in 2MIA’s digital collection, so he thought why not put them to use . 

“There is everything from John Denver to Christopher Cross. The record player enables us to digitize the songs,” he said. 

John Bortolazzo, the 80-year-old presenter of the Morning Music Marathon, says at the moment the songs haven’t been transferred on to the computer, and listeners will be hearing them directly from the record player.

LPs are back in fashion across the Australia, recently overtaking the sale of CDs for the first time in decades. 

It was the sixth consecutive year that the industry has seen an increase in the demand for vinyl, with many audiophiles claiming that the pure sound is actually superior to what you hear from digital recordings. 

Others just like the fact that it's something tangible that can be collected. 

Mr Bortolazzo inherited a love of music. His father crafted violins and he is a member of a church choir.