25 Years of Radio Five-O-Plus
Radio Five-O-Plus celebrates 25 years on the air this year. Thanks to a couple of dedicated “radio buffs”, Phil Paterson and Ian Hill, who felt the need for a local community radio station in the Woy Woy area which played music from the 1940s to the 1980s. The first programmes were during Seniors Week in March 1993. However, it was August 1993 before programmes began two days a week from a small "studio" above a pharmacy in Umina.
With a great response from listeners, the studio moved to Gosford, and in March 1994, with the help of Gosford Council, we were able to set up a transmitter on Rumbalara, East Gosford with increased power of 200 watts, giving us a much wider listening area around Brisbane Water.
Since 1999, we have been broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our presenting team host live programming every day from 6am to 6pm, after which we run specialist music programming or our music jukebox which is on air through the night.
In February 2001, a new transmitter was installed on Rumbalara, East Gosford which increased the power of our signal to 1000 watts.
On 22 November 2002, we were granted a Permanent Broadcasting Licence by the Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA) with the call sign 2SNR on the frequency of 93.3MhzFM.
On 30 June 2005, our transmitter was relocated to Somersby with the installation of a new antenna system. Broadcasting commenced in stereo at 2000 watts from a Mixed Polarised antenna.
From 16 February 2005, we began broadcasting the National Radio News six times per day on week days and three to four times per day on weekends. In 2011, the station began broadcasting Macquarie Radio News and a further increase of news bulletins took place in 2012.
Thanks must go to some wonderful staff members who, in 2005, not only donated, but fitted out, a caravan to create our very own mobile studio which was named “Little Bippy”. On 20 March 2005, Little Bippy’s first Outside Broadcast occurred from the Terrigal Seniors Citizens Club to coincide with 2005 Seniors Week.
In 2007, Radio Five-O-Plus’ broadcasting licence was renewed for another five years.
On 12 June 2009, we relocated from Mann Street to our current premises at Unit 13/31 Dwyer Street, North Gosford.
During 2012/13, two major events took place. The first being the granting by the Australian Communication Media Authority (ACMA) in February 2012, of a renewal of 2SNR’s Permanent Broadcasting Licence for another five years to take us to 2017. Our second, was the retirement of our much-loved “Little Bippy”. In April 2012, we took delivery of our new Community Liaison Van which was donated by the Freemasons Central Coast, with additional donations by Diggers at the Entrance, Gosford RSL Club, Gosford RSL Sub-branch, The Central Coast Leagues Club and our own station fund-raising.
In April 2012, we were required to relocate our transmitter and antenna to a new adjacent radio tower and share a common antenna, in a joint venture, with two other local community stations. All three community stations now broadcast at 2000 watts each in stereo, from a Vertical Antenna. Our station covers the whole Central Coast area from the Hawkesbury River to Lake Macquarie plus we have listeners in the Blue Mountains, Northern Beaches and Newcastle. With the advent of streaming, we now have listeners tuning in from regional areas, interstate and overseas.
From a very small beginning by the five founding members, we now have a dedicated staff of presenters who select their own music and present live broadcasts daily and dedicated support staff to assist the presenters and handle the phones as well as manage the office work to keep the station up and running 24/7. However, we wouldn’t be in business but for the wider community who listen to us every day and who have supported us through this 25 year journey.