2RRR was the brainchild of a group of local residents in 1976. These local groups discussed the need for and costs to set up such a station for a number of years. It was not until 1982 when the Federal Government invited applications for nine C Class Public Broadcasting Licences in the Sydney metropolitan area. A steering committee was immediately established and set about the task of preparing a license application. Following a public hearing on 3 September 1982 the then Australian Broadcasting Tribunal granted a licence to 2RRR. For the next eighteen months four committees worked to get the station on-air.
At first, the station only broadcast three days a week on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with news, interviews, local issues and a variety of music. Broadcast hours were gradually increased and 1986 saw 2RRR begin its extensive and ongoing involvement in outside broadcasts.
The station’s current programs cover a wide range of music styles including jazz, country, heavy metal and classical music. The station also broadcasts programs that are presented by special interest groups or in languages other than English.