2NBC 90.1FM community radio

The spotlight display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery is a changing display space that tells the stories of our local residents. The display from July 2018 – January 2019 showcases the local community radio station, 2NBC 90.1 FM.

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An interest and desire for a community radio station by St George residents and the Narwee Baptist Church in the early 1980s led to the development of 2NBC 90.1FM. Although the station was organised by the Church, it has always been managed and programmed independently.

After launching on 6 May 1983, the station broadcast from studios in Narwee for 35 years, however in March 2018 the station moved to its new home on Railway Parade, Kogarah. 2NBC 90.1FM broadcasts to the Sydney communities of Canterbury, Marrickville, Kogarah, Hurstville and Rockdale. This gives a local potential listening audience of more than 500,000 people. Georges River Council has provided new premises in recognition of the dedicated community service and support the radio station gives to the region.

Owned and operated by members of the Georges River community, 2NBC 90.1FM was Sydney’s first full-time suburban community radio station, and it continues to broadcast 24 hours a day. Current facilities include two on-air studios, a production studio and a comprehensive digital music library.

Your community, your station

The station is operated by more than 100 volunteers, without whom it would not be on the air. 2NBC 90.1 FM does not have a single style of programming but has many formats which can change with each presenter, catering for a variety of interests within the local community.

Andrew Drylie and John Atkinson are long standing radio broadcasters; each has been active at 2NBC 90.1FM for the past 35 years! During this time, Andrew and John have watched the station and Georges River region grow. With significant developments in technology, they have experienced the shift first hand from reel-to-reel recorders to computers.

“It is easier [on air], but you have to concentrate more. Radio is like a chess game; you have to think three or four moves ahead.”

Presenter Andrew Drylie still with 2NBC after 35 years 1989

Image: Presenter Andrew Drylie still with 2NBC after 35 years, 1989. Courtesy of 2NBC.

Paul McGrath, the station manager, is the only full time employee. With more than 16 years’ experience, Paul has worked with stations 2SM and 2DAYFM in Sydney and 4BK, Brisbane. As a very hands-on station manager, Paul works across all areas including programming, promotions, schedules, sales, and coordinating volunteers. Over the years, Paul has worked with personalities such as Bob Rogers, David Frost, Jimmy Hannan, John Laws, Graham Kennedy, Barry Humphries and Elton John, just to name a few.

References:

2NBC community radio staff interview by Renee Porter, 2018.

Milton, Ashleigh: Pioneering station 2NBC celebrates 30 years. St George and Sutherland Shire Leader article, published on 14 May 2013.

 

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