|City||Bankstown, New South Wales|
|Slogan||Connecting the Community|
Call sign meaning
|2 Bankstown Community Radio|
The Bankstown City Radio Co-operative was one of the first groups to receive a community radio broadcasting licence. Awarded the licence in 1983, the station began broadcasting as 2BCR from studios in a building at the former site of Georges Hall Public School in Birdwood Avenue, Georges Hall. Its programming included music and community interest programmes including weekend sports shows, youth-oriented request programmes, religious programming and for many years hosted a weekly police round-up. In the mid-1990s, the station had a media booth at Belmore Oval to enable live broadcasts of home games by the Bulldogs rugby league team. A mobile studio allowed the station to broadcast from local events. Brendan "Jonesy" Jones got his start at 2BCR, when it was at Georges hall, He famously got his fathers car bogged on the oval after his shift "Jazz beat". Jones now works on Breakfast radio as the Jonesy part of Jonesy and Amanda on WSFM.
In 1999 BFM moved to new permanent studios at 104 Cahors Road, Padstow. By the early 2000s, the station's focus had shifted to community language programming almost exclusively. On 21 June 2007 the Australian Communications and Media Authority announced that it would not be renewing BFM's community radio broadcasting licence when it expired in July. The reason stated was
Most of the licensee’s members are from communities outside of the licence area and a significant proportion of its programmes are directed at communities that are largely resident outside the licence area.
The station was then required to apply for a temporary licence to start from the day the previous licence expired. While successful in its application, BFM now shares its frequency with three other licensees. The current licence expired on January 1, 2010.
As a TCBL
Three operators shared the 100.9FM frequency between January 2008 and November 2011. They were BACR, a sub-group of the incumbent; CAMS RADIO FLAME FM and BSACR. FLAME FM was by far superior, and was expected to be granted the licence, but due to incorrect information being passed onto ACMA by the other licence holders (thus giving the other TCBL an advantage) CAMS FLAME FM was not granted the licence to the great disappointment of a large portion of the community.
On 15 November 2011, 2BACR was awarded the licence to broadcast a community radio service to Bankstown.
- "ACMA not to renew Bankstown community radio licence". ACMA. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
- "Temporary Community Broadcasting Licences" (PDF). ACMA. 29 July 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 July 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2008.