|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (December 2006)|
|Frequency||1270 KHz AM (1931–1978)
1269 KHz AM (1978–)
|First air date||24 December 1931|
|Format||Talk radio, sport, easy listening|
|Former callsigns||Gold 1269 (1994–1995)
Kick AM (1995–1996)
|Owner||Broadcast Operations Group
(Radio 2SM Pty Ltd)
2SM is an Australian radio station, licensed to and serving Sydney, broadcasting on 1269 kilohertz on the AM band. It is owned and operated by Broadcast Operations Group. The SM call sign was taken from Sydney's St Mark's Church (not as many believe[who?] from St Mary's Cathedral).
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The station was opened by Archbishop Kelly on 24 December 1931, and was owned by the Roman Catholic Church. Religious programming was, for most part, not its focus and it was a leading force in the Sydney radio scene. In the 70s it dominated popular music radio in Sydney and was at or near the top of the ratings.
The introduction of new AM station, 2WS, in 1978, and FM stations 2DAY and 2MMM at the start of the 1980s saw 2SM's glory days end. In the early 1980s the station retained reasonable ratings with contemporary music formats and slogans such as "More Music", "Rock of the 80s" and "The Power". In 1988 the station dropped its Top 40 format as well as the 2SM brand when it become "Lite & Easy 1269". Its final rating as a Top 40 station had been 6.9%. The years since have seen its format undergo numerous changes, including easy listening and country formats (KICK AM). The ratings never again surpassed 4%
In the 90s, the station regained its original callsign (2SM) and recorded some of the lowest ratings ever by a Sydney commercial radio station. In February 1992 a commercial syndicate headed by John Brown attempted to purchase the station. In July the station was finally sold to Wesgo, who sacked the entire on air staff and put the station into automation. Wesgo relaunched the station with a country music format in October. With the station still last place in the ratings, it went back to easy listening in May 1994, adopting the new name Gold 1269 and by Survey 8 1994 hit the heights of 7.1. In late 1994 Wesgo was purchased by Australian Provincial Newspapers, who later purchased the Australian Radio Network in March 1995, requiring some stations to be sold due to media ownership rules. The station was sold to Kick Media, headed by former INXS manager, Chris Murphy. It was rebranded Kick AM in mid-October with a format comprising country, rock and blues. RG Capital Radio Network bought a 40% stake in February 1996. By the end of 1996 the station still had low ratings, causing the owners to relaunch it on Christmas Eve 1996 as The New 2SM, with a format of hits from the 60s to 80s.
In 2002 the night time show, hosted by Graeme Gilbert, scored a rating of just 0.1%, the lowest rating ever recorded for a commercial program in a metro market in Australia. 2SM subsequently withdrew from the Sydney radio ratings.
- Talk Overnight with Gary Stewart (12am to 5am)
- Breakfast with Grant Goldman (5am to 9am)
- John Laws Morning Show (9am to 12pm)
- Brent Bultitude (12pm to 3pm)
- Talkin' Sport (3pm to 7pm)
- Talk Tonight with Graeme Gilbert (7pm to 12am)
- Classic Hits Overnight (Saturday and Sunday, 12am to 4am)
- Hi-Tide Fishing Show (Saturday and Sunday mornings 4am to 7am)
- Straight Talk With Poppy Savakis (Saturday 7am to 12pm, Sunday 12pm to 6pm)
- Talkin Sport (Saturday 12pm to 6pm)
- Carter Edwards Country (Saturday and Sunday 6pm to 12am)
- John Carroll Sunday Morning (8am to 12pm)
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- Freeman, Jane (11 September 1995). "Kick Radio". Sydney Morning Herald. p. 6.
- Strickland, Katrin (1 October 1996). "SPIN MASTER". The Australian. p. 23.
- Freeman, Jane (6 January 1997). "Sultan of Breakfast Swing Puts His Zing into 2SM's Zipper". Sydney Morning Herald. p. 5. Retrieved 26 April 2010.