A number of secondary sources (including an earlier version of this AustLi
t entry) have claimed that Afford's Flail of God
was the first 'play' by an Australian to be produced for Australian radio, citing the date of broadcast as 19 July 1932. While it may have been the first 'drama' broadcast, Flail of God
was by no means the first locally-written work to be heard by the country's radio audience. The previous year Evan Senior
's, On the Air
, became the first musical comedy to be specially written for radio. It was broadcast by South Australian station 5CL on 5 August 1931. A few weeks later Fred Whaite
's musical, The Tin Soldier
, also specially written for the medium, was broadcast by the ABC's Sydney station, 2BL (26 August).