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|City of license||Sydney, Australia|
|Broadcast area||Sydney, Australia|
|Slogan||Your City, Your Station|
|Frequency||950 kHz AM (1926-1935)
870 kHz AM (1935-1978)
873 kHz AM (1978-)
|First air date||23 August 1926|
|Format||talkback radio station|
|Owner||Macquarie Radio Network
(Harbour Radio Pty. Ltd.)
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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.
In 1933, 2GB became the first Australian station to play transcription records, and had the world's largest transcribed record library at the time.
In 1936 the controlling interest in the station was purchased by Denison Estates Ltd. A new board of directors was appointed under chairman Sir Hugh Denison and included Frederick Daniell and A. E. Bennett, who continued as Station Manager.
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 and the Pacific Islands.
On 27 August 1955, station announcer Ted Harris[disambiguation needed ], 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 years later, 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 society was broadcasting on the station as late as 1975.
2GB currently has a transmission tower on Wentworth Point at Homebush Bay. Its location is visible via the Ryde Bridge, and also via the train line to Rhodes and Concord train stations.
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 950kHz and moved to 870kHz in 1935 then to 873 in November 1978 when channel separation was reduced from 10kHz to 9kHz.
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