2GB is a commercial radio station in
Sydney, Australia broadcasting on
873 kHz, AM. In 2010,
2GB held 14.7% of the total radio ratings share,
making it the most widely listened-to radio station in Sydney.
2 Callsign and frequency
3 Macquarie Radio Network
4 Current presenters
5 Former presenters
7 External links
The station commenced broadcasting in August 1926. The operator,
Theosophical Broadcasting Station Pty Ltd, owned by interests
associated with the local branch of Theosophical Society Adyar, was
granted a radio broadcasting licence for the Sydney area.
2GB became the first Australian station to play transcription
records, and had the world's largest transcribed record library at the
In 1936, the controlling interest in the station was purchased by
Denison Estates Ltd. A new board of directors was appointed under
Hugh Denison and included Frederick Daniell and A. E.
Bennett, who continued as station manager.
In what radio historian Richard Lane termed "The Golden Age of
Australian Radio Drama", Denison and his media adviser Daniell
inaugurated the BSA (for Broadcasting Service Association) Players,
renamed Macquarie Players in 1938. Apart from locally-written and
produced serials such as Dolly and Dan and Doctor Mac, they presented
a full-length drama on Sunday afternoons. Writers included John E. C.
Appleton, Lynn Foster, E. Mason Wood, William L. Power (who dramatised
Helen de Guerry Simpson's Boomerang, a series on "Famous
Escapes", and Tales Told to Peter and Pam, a popular children's
E. V. Timms and Ken Pawley. Actors included James Raglan,
Lou Vernon, Peter Finch, Betty Suttor and Harry Dearth.
In February 1938, the station launched the Macquarie Radio Network, in
competition with the Major Network, started by fellow Sydney station
In 1940, the station became the largest producer of radio drama
programs in the Southern Hemisphere. During World War II, 2GB
provided transcription records to the Australian Army's network of
radio stations in
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.
On 27 August 1955, station announcer Ted Harris, aided by American Ted
Schroeder, became the first man to give a direct ball-by-ball
description of the
Davis Cup from Forest Hills to Australia. Two
2GB became the first Australian station to air news
bulletins on the hour, every hour during its broadcast day.
Prior to 1964, the controlling interest (45%) was held by Broadcasting
Associates Pty Ltd., with 14% owned by the John Fairfax group of
companies, and the balance owned by various smaller shareholders.
Broadcasting Associates was owned by A.T.V. (Australia) Pty. Ltd., the
Australian subsidiary of ITV company Associated Television. In
1964, Fairfax purchased ATV's Australian assets, including the 45%
share in 2GB.
Although the ownership of the station has subsequently passed to
strictly commercial interests, the Theosophical Society was still
presenting programmes on the station as late as 1975.
In 2001, Ray Hadley, previously with 2UE, became a presenter at the
2GB had a standby mast and its original 873 AM transmitter tower at
Wentworth Point at Homebush Bay. Its location was visible via the Ryde
Bridge, and also via the train line to Rhodes and Concord train
stations. Due to a redevelopment occurring on the same land, the tower
was brought down on Friday September 11, 2015. A month or two before,
a new tower was erected for
2GB and is now situated at the 2KY
transmitter site, also in Homebush. In October 2012, following the
Alan Jones "died of shame" controversy,
2GB suspended advertising on
the Alan Jones show. This decision was reversed in October 2012,
but many advertisers declined to return to sponsoring the program.
In June 2014, Michael Smith was fired as fill-in commentator for
Muhammad a paedophile; Program Director David Kidd referred to
Muhammad as a deity.
On 1 April 2015 the
Macquarie Radio Network merged with the Fairfax
Radio Network of Fairfax Media. The news teams of
being merged with "significant job cuts." Consequently, on 9 April
2UE newsroom was closed.
Callsign and frequency
The number 2 of the callsign refers to the state of New South Wales,
which also has postcodes starting with 2. The two letters GB indicate
an AM station, and were chosen to honour the Italian philosopher
Giordano Bruno, who was much admired by Theosophists. Its original
frequency allocation was 950 kHz and moved to 870 kHz in
1935, then to 873 in November 1978, when channel separation was
reduced from 10 kHz to 9 kHz.
Macquarie Radio Network
Macquarie Radio Network owns both
2GB and 2CH.
Macquarie National News is the name of the news service of the
Macquarie Radio Network, and is taken by various stations including
Breakfast with Alan Jones
Mornings with Ray Hadley
Afternoons with Chris Smith
Sydney Live with Ben Fordham
Money News with Ross Greenwood
Nights with Steve Price & Andrew Bolt
Overnights with Michael McLaren
Wake Up Australia with Michael McLaren
Saturday Mornings with Luke Grant
Ken Howard (race caller)
John Tapp (race caller)
Grant Goldman (now with 2SM)
Tim Webster (now with 2UE)
Malcolm T. Elliott
Owen Delaney (Australia Overnight)
Luke Bona (now with MMM)
^ Radio and Television Broadcasting Stations Archived 31 December 2010
at the Wayback Machine.. Australian Communications and Media
Authority: October 2011. p. 8.
^ Bodey, Michael (March 30, 2010). "Major players maintain leading
shares in second radio ratings survey of 2010". The Australian.
Retrieved March 26, 2013.
^ "New Station Opened". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 August 1926.
p. 10. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
^ Roe, J.I. (2006). "Arundale, George Sydney (1878–1945)".
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition,. Australian
National University. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
^ a b c d e http://radioyesteryear.org.au/timelines.htm
^ "STATION 2GB. Sale of Controlling Interest". The Sydney Morning
Herald. 13 November 1936. p. 11. Retrieved 26 April 2010 – via
^ "Famous Novel Dramatised for Radio".
The Australian Women's Weekly.
National Library of Australia. 21 August 1937. p. 37. Retrieved 3
^ "Famous "Escape" Stories to Be Radio Plays".
The Australian Women's
Weekly. National Library of Australia. 8 January 1938. p. 30.
Retrieved 3 May 2012.
^ "Success of William Power".
The Australian Women's Weekly. National
Library of Australia. 23 January 1937. p. 24. Retrieved 3 May
^ Lane, Richard The Golden Age of Australian Radio Drama Melbourne
University Press 1994 ISBN 0-522-84556-8
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 April 2010.
Retrieved 20 June 2010.
^ a b "The Takeovers Panel".
^ "Christmas Universal". Theosophical Society in Tasmania. 21 December
1975. Retrieved 12 January 2009.
^ "No ads on Alan Jones Show". www.radioinfo.com.au.
www.radioinfo.com.au. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
^ "Advertisers return today to Jones show". www.theaustralian.com.au.
www.theaustralian.com.au. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 10 December
^ "Radio presenter Michael Smith dumped after comments about the
Prophet Mohammed". ABC News. 29 June 2014.
^ Sinclair, Lara (9 April 2015). "
2UE News to go off air as newsroom
merges with 2GB". The Australian. News Limited. AAP. Retrieved 11
^ "COMPLETION OF FAIRFAX RADIO NETWORK MERGER WITH MACQUARIE RADIO
NETWORK" (Press release). Fairfax Media. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 11
Fairfax Media Limited ... today announced the completion
of the merger of its Fairfax Radio Network ... with Macquarie Radio
^ Kohn, Rachael (15 November 2006). "Theosophy Today". The Spirit of
Things (Transcript). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12
^ Wavelengths and Frequencies The Argus (Melbourne) 16 February 1935
Retrieved 16 September 2011
Brief History – transcript of talk by Alan Jones on the early
history of this station and others
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