2CH

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2CH
FrequencyDAB+ Sydney 2
BrandingClassic Hits 2CH
Programming
FormatClassic Hits
Ownership
Owner
History
First air date
15 February 1932
Former frequencies
1210 kHz AM (1932–1935), 1170 kHz AM (1935 - 22nd Oct. 2020)
Call sign meaning
Churches was changed when the former owners, the Council of Churches relinquished the license. CH means Classic Hits is the new positioner for 2CH on DAB+
Technical information
ERP5kW
Links
WebcastOnline
Websitewww.2ch.com.au

2CH was a commercial radio station in Sydney, Australia. It was owned by Pacific Star Network. The station changed formats on 10 June 2022 to sports.

History[edit]

The old 2CH transmitter in Ermington
The old 2CH transmitter

2CH commenced broadcasting on 15 February 1932 on 1210 kHz.[1][2] It moved to its final AM frequency of 1170 kHz in 1935.[3]

Ownership[edit]

The CH stands for "churches". In 1944, the NSW Council of Churches sub-let the licence to Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) who provided program content for six days per week, with the Council of Churches being responsible for programming on Sundays. The NSW Council of Churches was its licence holder until it was sold to John Singleton in April 1994 becoming part of the Macquarie Radio Network.[4]

In January 2017, 2CH was sold to a consortium of Oceania Capital Partners, Glenn Wheatley and John Williams for $5.6 million.[5] The station had to be sold to comply with an undertaking given to the Australian Communications and Media Authority following the merger of the Macquarie Radio Network and Fairfax Media (owners of 2GB and 2UE respectively) to comply with legislation allowing one party to only control two radio stations in a market.[6]

The station posted a loss of $1.9 million on revenue of $2.4 million for the year to March 2019[7] In June 2020, it was sold for $11 million to Pacific Star Network.[8][9]

Church Thanksgiving[edit]

On 18 February 2007, a thanksgiving service to celebrate 2CH's 75 years of broadcasting was held at St Andrew's Anglican Cathedral, Sydney Square, commencing at 2 pm. The Reverend Peter Jensen, the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney presided with Rev. Dr. Ross Clifford preaching.[10]

Transition to 'DAB+ only' radio station[edit]

2CH was heard on DAB+ radio until 10 June 2022, after briefly simulcasting on DAB+ and 1170 kHz in the AM broadcast band. The station used be live-streamed over the internet until the station demise.

Although not the first 'DAB+ only' radio station in Australia, 2CH was probably the first to transition by relinquishing its AM radio frequency allocation.

Trevor Sinclair (radio presenter) broadcast his final show on the AM broadcast band from Midday-7pm on 22 October 2020. Chris Kearns broadcast his show on both AM and DAB+ until Midnight 22 October 2020, when the AM frequency 1170 kHz was taken over by 1170 SEN, carrying a dedicated sports broadcasting network, known as the Sports Entertainment Network. At 6:00P.M. On 10 June 2022, 2CH left the airwaves for the final time with Jane Nield as the last Live Announcer. [11]

Announcers[edit]

Previous[edit]

  • Veteran radio presenter Bob Rogers worked at the station, from 1995 until he retired in early October 2020, at the age of 93.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2CH to Open Soon". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 February 1932. p. 8. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  2. ^ 2CH Celebrating 80 Years of Entertaining Sydney! – 2CH. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  3. ^ "New Wave Lengths". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 August 1935. p. 11. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  4. ^ Lecky, Sue (21 April 1994). "Singleton Short-Circuits 2CH News". News and Features. The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 3. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
  5. ^ "2CH sold to Oceania Capital". radiotoday.com.au. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  6. ^ Glenn Wheatley’s EON Broadcasting adds 2CH to network after forced Macquarie Media sale Mumbrella 19 December 2016
  7. ^ "Oceania Capital Partners Annual Report 2019" (PDF). ASX. 26 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Craig Hutchison's sports network SEN has acquired 2CH Sydney". Radio Today. 4 June 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  9. ^ "2CH to keep Music Format: That's a Croc... | radioinfo". radioinfo.com.au. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  10. ^ "NSW Council of Churches – Coming Events".
  11. ^ "Brandy and Brantz join 1170 SEN Sydney".
  12. ^ "Legendary broadcaster Bob Rogers confirms radio retirement". Radio Today. 28 September 2020. Retrieved 4 March 2021.

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