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MCR started operations on the 22nd August 1989, which was the date of MCR's first public meeting. Back then, Community Radio was much different than it is today. New stations were allowed to broadcast for a total of 28 days per year. Most new stations, including MCR didn't have their own equipment and had to borrow transmitters and a lot more gear just to broadcast their 28 days.

First Broadcasts

MCR split these 28 days up into 4 seven day broadcasts which took place in such temporary studios as - St. Gregory's College, Campbelltown - Western Suburbs Leagues Club, Leumeah - Leumeah High School, wherever we could fit our equipment. Eventually, we found ourselves with a permanent house in Ingleburn which was swiftly converted into MCR's headquarters Radio House was officially opened on the 7th November 1993.

One of our early program lineups
Take a look at what was the line up for one of our first broadcasts back in 1991, programming ranged from Comedy, News, Sport to a live outside broadcasts at the Fishers Ghost Parade (pictured right) & at local schools.

Radio House

We held an open day at Radio House on that day which several community groups attended including the local Fire Brigade and the Campbelltown Spoon Club. That was during MCR's first broadcast at Radio House. Since then MCR's broadcasting time was increased to 90 days per year which incorporated several different broadcasting formats - Fortnightly Broadcasts, Monthly Broadcasts and broadcasting for the 1st week in each month.

Full-time Broadcasting

MCR has had to find another home as Radio House was to be demolished to make way for a carpark. Premises for a studio were located in the City Arcade in Queen St. in Campbelltown. After years of travelling around the district MCR had finally found a home and with that home came a new temporary license that enabled us to broadcast on a full-time basis. MCR then began broadcasting 24 hours per day.

New Start: Studios & License

April 2001 - MCR became 2MCR and officially started broadcasting on it's permanent license and opened their state of the art studios at the Campbelltown RSL Club.

June 2002 - 4 days 7 hours 14 minutes and 36 seconds later, 2MCR’s Matt Fulton set a new milestone in the world of radio, beating the Guinness World Record for Longest Radio DJ Marathon by just over
an hour. The attempt attracted national attention and a large crowd witnessed the final moments countdown outside and inside the studios.

August 2006 - On of the stations longest running programs Composer's Gallery marks 500 episodes on-air with presenter Gordon Manning hoping to present another 500.

2MCR Presidents

2002: Trevar Langlands
2001: John Spora
2000: John Evans
1999: Ralph Parker
1997: John Evans
1996: Carol Collins
1995: Rodney Simpson
1991: John Evans
1989: John Spora
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