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SURE!

The mission of Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd. is to operate community radio station, 2SER-FM, and related media services, providing a stimulating forum for learning and the expression of alternative ideas, informed by and promoting principles of social justice. In pursuit of its mission the company anticipates, reflects and responds to the social, cultural and educational needs of the diverse Sydney community.

The Company is committed to freedom of enquiry and the pursuit of excellence in educational broadcasting and the promotion of interaction between community groups.

The station seeks to achieve these objectives in the following ways:

(a) Producing a wide range of talk and specialist music programming aimed at servicing the needs and interests of the members of the wider Sydney community regardless of age, ethnic or socio-economic background.

(b) Promoting through its programming a sense of intellectual integrity, open mindedness and a sense of the importance of ideas.

(c) Encouraging participation in station activities by members of the community, including provision of experiential learning opportunities for individuals interested in radio.

(d) Providing as much access as it reasonably can to disadvantaged groups in the community.

(e) Using methods and forms of programming which encourage interaction between educators and the audiences.

(f) Developing and presenting programs which promote education and wider participation in life long learning

(g) Assisting parent institutions to achieve their community outreach objectives by facilitating their interaction with community groups

(h) Encouraging innovation and diversity in forms and content of broadcasts.

Station activities and practices should recognise the central role played by the mainly volunteer workforce.

Approved by the Board of Directors, 26 August, 1996

Our History

2SER (which stands for Sydney Educational Radio) had its origins in the burgeoning community broadcasting movement of the early 1970’s when it was proposed that an educational radio station be established based on a consortium of Sydney universities. 2SER made its broadcasting debut on October 1, 1979, with the support of many hundreds of groups and individuals.

Today, 2SER operates as a company limited by guarantee and is jointly owned by Macquarie University and the University of Technology, Sydney. Both institutions contribute an annual grant to 2SER, however the station is largely self-supporting, relying upon revenue raised through programming, sponsorship, fund-raising events and listener subscriptions.

2SER holds a community broadcasting license with a special interest defined as educational broadcasting. Through its programs, and the making of programs, 2SER aims to stimulate learning and educate its listeners and is committed to social change, access and diversity.

1975

Sydney radio broadcasting was about to experience a major growth in the industry.

A number of experimental licenses were issued throughout Australia.

1976

Announcement that Sydney would have three public FM stations.

1978

September

UTS (then NSW Institute of Technology), Sydney University and Macquarie University jointly appear before the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal (under Chairman Bruce Gyngell) and succeed in obtaining the offer of a Category “E” (for education) license.

1979

5th March

Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd was incorporated. The Dept of Post & Telecommunications advised the station’s call sign would be 2SER-FM (the first choice had been 2SEB-FM).

1 October

2SER-FM transmissions commenced. The station was opened by the Federal Minister for Education, Senator John Carrick.

1980

5th June

2SER was relicensed to broadcast with a power of 1.5KW.

28th July

2SER’s aerial power was increased to 4KW, awaiting a further increase to 7.5KW.

17th October

Macquarie North Ryde studio was opened by the State Minister for Education, Mr Paul Landa

1981

2SER’s license renewed.

1984

2SER’s license renewed.

1986

Zootime compilation of Sydney bands and musicians released.

16th December

2SER-FM Station Charter determined.

1988

Quadphobia, a quadrophonic simulcast between 2SER & 2MBS. Livewire weekend broadcast of live music and spoken word, celebrating 9 years at the forefront of independent radio.

1990

New program format launched, and with it public radio’s first satellite delivered national daily news and current affairs program Undercurrents.

Gaywaves simulcast with Brisbane’s 4ZZZ for Stonewall Day in June.

Building Bridges – 2SER joined with other stations on a weekend in September to provide a national broadcasting forum for the National Coalition of Aboriginal Organisations.

All That Flows – live broadcast from the Performance Space, wins PBAA/BASF Award For Excellence In Feature Programming.

New program format launched, and with it public radio’s first satellite delivered national daily news and current affairs program Undercurrents.

Gaywaves simulcast with Brisbane’s 4ZZZ for Stonewall Day in June.

Building Bridges – 2SER joined with other stations on a weekend in September to provide a national broadcasting forum for the National Coalition of Aboriginal Organisations.

All That Flows – live broadcast from the Performance Space, wins PBAA/BASF Award For Excellence In Feature Programming.

1991

2SER wins several awards including a Silver Medal from the New York International Radio Festival, a Certificate of Commendation from the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Media Awards and three Awards for Excellence in Programming for the Public Broadcasting Association of Australia.199

1993

Introduction of a satellite distribution system for community radio, ComRadSat.

As part of International Year of the Indigenous Person, 2SER put indigenous issues firmly on the agenda and had several significant showcases including Pillars Of Society – Education and Employment, several documentaries, specials on Open Mind and Tiddas Talk.

1994

Outside broadcast from the Big Day Out, the first Mosaic Mix broadcast (24 hours of music presented by 24 DJs over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend).

1996

Awarded CBAA Best Broadcast Spoken Word Program for Open Mind.

Media Magazine Highly Commended in the same category.

Panacea receives MBF Media Award for the Best Metropolitan Report.

Collaboration between the Sydney Morning Herald’s Metro and 2SER to present monthly live broadcasts called Sydney Sounds Like…

Music feature Neckathon, 5 hour The Necks special.

The first Freaky Loops party, experimental film and music night.

1997

2SER participated in trials of Digital Sound Broadcasting (DSB) technology.

Undercurrents wins CBAA award for Best News Story of the Year (for ‘Wik Millionaires’).

Longstanding 2SER country music broadcaster Barbara Morison was inducted into the Country Music Broadcasters Hall Of Fame.

Freaky Loops II and III were staged over 3 floors of Manning Building.

Outside broadcasts from Mardi Gras parade and the Sydney Film Festival.

1998

A successful fourth Freaky Loops fundraiser event, with 4000 people crammed into the Wentworth Building while another 2000 were turned away.

A double Freaky Loops CD was produced featuring local electronic acts.

1999

2SER is awarded 3 CBAA Awards for Excellence in Community Broadcasting: Best News Story (Undercurrents), Best Special Spoken Word program (This Old Thing); Best Marketing or Promotional Achievement (Underground Radio – Anatomy of an Image Change).

Gaywaves program celebrates 20 years of broadcasting.

Release of second Freaky Loops CD in conjunction with Creative Vibes.

Another Freaky Loops event on 30th October sells out. The ABA allocates 2SER a power increase of 50kw.

2000

Launch of 2SER’s first website.

Freaky Loops wins Best Compilation award at the Australian Dance Music Awards.

2SER provided support for fledgling broadcasters in East Timor with donations of equipment and logistical support.

2001

2SER joins forces with the Newtown Festival to stage the Microgallery Award for Sydney artists.

2SER-FM is awarded for its contribution to the development of Australian Music at the CBAA Awards in Tasmania.

2002

2SER’s new program grid is launched and the Sydney Morning Herald declares, “there is an alternative to Triple J”.

Successful Turnover and Audiomatic fundraisers held.

Big Day Out and Mosaic Mix broadcasts.

2003

Pluratones fundraiser held at Metro featuring The Bird, The Herd, Biftek and more.

2004

Kate Hairsine is the fourth 2SER volunteer to be awarded a prestigious internship with the German National Broadcaster, Deutsche Welle.

2009

2SER celebrates their 30th Anniversary by hosting a number of live shows and events through Sydney during October.

2SER holds first International Vinyl Day where the majority of its presenters play vinyl only recordings to honour and preserve the medium that brought music en masse to the world.

2011

2SER launches on the digital radio network in Sydney