|City||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Owner||Rowley Bergin, Bergin Electric Company|
First air date
|7 November 1924|
Last air date
|6 November 1929|
1030 kHz (1935-1978)
Call sign meaning
2BE was Sydney's and Australia's first officially recognised commercial radio station, commencing broadcasting on 7 November 1924. It broadcast on the medium wave band at 870 kHz, with a power of 100 watts.
2BE held a Radio Dance Night on 23 December 1925, in aid of cancer research. On 3 March 1927 the station broadcast from the Radio and Electrical Exhibition at the Sydney Town Hall.
In 1927, 2BE was off the air for a few months on account of a fire.
2BE's 870 kHz wavelength was allocated to another Sydney station, 2GB.
- History of broadcasting
- History of broadcasting in Australia
- Oldest radio station
- Timeline of Australian radio
- List of Australian AM radio stations
- Some radio historians dispute that 2BE was the first commercial station, giving the title to 2CM
- R R Walker, The Magic Spark: 50 Years of Radio in Australia, The Hawthorn Press, Melbourne, 1973
- Carty, Bruce, On the Air: Australian Radio History, privately published, 2011, Gosford, N.S.W.
- Griffen-Foley, Bridget, Changing Stations: The Story of Australian Commercial Radio, UNSW Press, 2009, Sydney
- Walker, R.R., The Magic Spark: 50 Years of Radio in Australia, 1973, The Hawthorn Press, Melbourne