Before 4ZZ could start broadcasting in 1975, a transmitter was ordered from the U.S. But after it was lost on the dock in New York, 4ZZ's chief engineer at the time Ross Dannecker built the station's first transmitter.
Boat capsize off Libya kills 400 migrants
The Italian coast guard rescued 144 people on Monday and launched an air and sea search operation in hopes of rescuing others.
It is the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean where the death toll from shipwrecks has surged this year.