Many Australian media and music identities have worked at 2SER. Often these people join us at the very beginning of their careers, before they have ‘become who they would become’, as it were. This week we talk about “The Letter” – a document written by a now very famous member of the Australian media who was then a uni student finding his way. When we found The Letter in the archive we thought ‘great, let’s talk to this person about it and get them to explain that part of their life’. However, we also noticed that there were some quite personal details here – his college and home (parent’s) addresses at the top, references to his family and a scrawly signature at the bottom – perhaps not things he’d want revisited in public several decades later.
Rather than guess what this person would want us to do, we asked, and he, respectfully, asked us not to republish it. We’re not going to destroy The Letter, but we will respect his wishes not to revisit it. This exchange reminds us of the interesting place that archives hold and the special role of 2SER in particular. Artists, content makers and audiences should feel safe to explore, experiment and learn here, and that safety should be extended beyond their immediate tenure. So, we’re not going to tell you who The Letter is from, but we will talk about what it stands for.