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2011-03-25 02:07:09
Country: AustraliaListen to radio stations broadcasting from Australia
City: Newcastle
AM (MHz): 1143
Genre: Classic Rock
Description: 2HD is an Australian radio station, serving the lower Hunter Region. It operates at 1143 kHz on the AM band, from its studios along the Pacific Highway in the Newcastle suburb of Sandgate. Its power output is 2 kW. 1945-1977The 2HD building at Sandgate, circa 1933The Labor Party and the NSW Labour Council owned 2HD from 1945 until 1999. For the first 29 years of its ownership, the station was under the management of Jim Storey, with his wife Twink acting as program director and on-air personality. Other announcers during this time included Harry Randall, Stuart Dibbley and Tom Delaney.In the late 1950s and early 1960s, 2HD was one of the founding shareholders of local television station NBN Television.The Olympic Torch passes 2HD's studios in 19562HD broadcast in the popular The Good Guys of Life format, also used by other stations, including 2SM Sydney. Presenters during this time included Harry Randall, Tom Delaney, Art Ryan, Haff Enegg, Mal Lamonte, John Hill, Allan McGirvan, Mike Jeffries, Malcolm Elliott, Keith Haerris, Graeme Gilbert, Don Mayo, Rob Maynard and Cliff Musgrave. Towards the end of this period, announcer Geoff Gregory joined the station, but was better known as a program director, and host of the Sunday night program Country Sounds.2HD's transmitter building, demolished in 1964After the Good Guys era ended, 2HD transmitted other formats including Easy Alternative and country. In 1977, the original office building on Maitland Road Sandgate was closed. Several years prior to that, the building was gradually being demolished, starting with the destruction of the original transmitter building to make way for a dual carriageway along Maitland Road in 1964. The increased traffic and the location of the road near the old building was taking its toll. A new administration building, nicknamed "the submarine" was built, and NSW Premier Neville Wran opened the building in 1977.

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