. " Countdown was a Pop Music Program created for Television... It first aired on the ABC on 8th November 1974 and was initially a half hour program shown on Saturday night ... By January 1975, after the initial six half-hour episodes the ABC relaunched Countdown, shifting it to the prime time slot of 6pm Sunday and extending it to a full hour ... Ian "Molly" Meldrum was the presenter and was responsible for the institution that was Countdown ... For an amazing run of 13 years, it was the showcase for some of the finest from the music world both Locally and Internationally, and for the nurturing of New Talent but sadly it came to an end on 19th July 1987 ... Above all, Countdown was crucial to the success of many leading Australian acts ... In September 2006 everyone got together and made it a Live Stage Spectacular and took the show on the road to Australia's Capitol City's ... The crowd rejoiced at being transported back to a time when Pop Music was Fun, Ridiculous and Occasionally Brilliant ... Yesterday's heroes rekindle the spark ...A delirious crowd of more than 14,000 people celebrated the return of Countdown fever... Baby Boomers and Teeny-Boppers entered a time warp that seemingly had been lost forever ... Every Performer played like there was no tomorrow belting out their Australian Classics " .