2MG Mudgee – “The Voice of the Tablelands”

2MG operated from this building in 1938 © Radio 2MG Mudgee

Station 2MG, Mudgee, “The Voice of the Tablelands,” owned and operated by the Mudgee Broadcasting Company Pty. Limited, is situated a mile from the chief commercial town of a very rich inner-western district of New South Wales.

Recently affiliated with the Macquarie Broadcasting Network, 2MG provides thousands of listeners with a wealth of national programmes emanating from the Macquarie Key Stations, in addition to a well balanced programme of local interest designed especially for the area served.

The population within a 50 mile radius of Mudgee is 36,000 and within a 25 mile radius 14,000. Hours of transmission are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. In the evening between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. the programmes include The Woodleys, Hit Tunes, Calling the Stars, Library of the Air, Jackaroo Joy, Youth Speaks, Quiz Kids, and the Macquarie RadioTheatre. Station 2MG takes three news broadcasts a day from the A.B.C.

A new venture recently started by Station 2MG is the Children’s Session, which is proving a great success in the district. This is broadcast every afternoon from Monday to Friday, 4.30 to 5.30, and features the children of Mudgee in singing and recitations.

The 2MG Band in the 1940’s
© Radio 2MG Mudgee

HARRY HAMBRIDGE, manager and chief announcer of 2MG before going to Mudgee was one of 2GB’s staff announcers. He has had an extensive career in radio during the past 15 years, and is already very popular in Mudgee and surrounding districts, mainly because of his likeable personality and pleasing voice.

BILL ATKINSON and CLIFF LINKE are two announcer-technicians who are also proving very popular with the listeners of station 2MG.

BILL ATKINSON has been in radio for many years and was formerly with Station 2CA in the Federal Capital Territory.

CLIFF LINKE has a very likeable voice. Before joining the staff of station 2MG he was with 5AD Adelaide.

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Already very well liked and highly successful in radio is 2MG’s youngest announcer FRANK YATES. Frank is just 19 years old and has been broadcasting for a year. He conducts the breakfast session from 7 to 9 a.m. and his cheery manner and bright personality has brought quite a large mail to station 2MG in appreciation. Frank Yates also conducts the Hospital Session every Sunday morning.

Station 2MG has many local advertisers, who sponsor quarter-hour programmes. Other clients prefer their advertising by spot announcements. 2MG operates on 100 watts, 200 metres, 1,450 kilocycles.

The old 2MG building pictured in 1987 towards the end of its working life. Photo: Mudgee Guardian

2MG Mudgee – “The Voice of the Tablelands”, ‘Broadcast Year Book and Radio Listeners’ Annual of Australia 1946-47.

Editor: C C Faulkner.

© Ray Crawford Collection, Radio Heritage Foundation.

Digital version of text, images and layout © Radio Heritage Foundation 2009.

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I’m embarrassed to be here. I’m waiting for the state radio sponsor to arrive. He’s late. Please just ask me to go away. I’m cheap.

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