|City||Studios: Baulkham Hills, NSW|
|Broadcast area||Parramatta, Cumberland and the Hills|
|Frequency||90.5 MHz FM|
|Branding||Your Sound. Your Community.|
|Format||Adult Contemporary, Community radio|
|Owner||Cumberland Community Radio Inc.|
First air date
|12 December 1992|
Call sign meaning
|Cumberland Community Radio|
Alive 90.5 (formerly 2CCR) is a community radio station based in Baulkham Hills in Sydney. The station broadcasts to the Hills District and parts of Greater Western Sydney. This includes the City of Parramatta, Cumberland City Council and The Hills Shire.
Since 1992, Cumberland Community Radio has been broadcasting on 90.5 MHz FM. Originally branded on air as 'The Sound of Style' and later just '2CCR', the station has been known as Alive 90.5 since 4 November 2011.
The mission of Alive is to serve its community by broadcasting a diverse range of programs, suited for all groups in the community. Alive 90.5 is a volunteer run organisation and is funded through listener support, grants and limited commercial sponsorship.
The station airs a predominately Adult Contemporary music format on weekdays between 6am and 6pm local time with public access programs between 6pm and midnight on weekdays and various times on weekends. Overnight is a mix of Adult Contemporary and Oldies. Occasionally live sports commentary will replace weeknight programming and weekend programming.
The current chairperson of Cumberland Community Radio is Gillian Schrickker.
In the 1980s, Cumberland Community Radio was formed from the amalgamation of two groups attempting to set up community radio stations. One group in the Hills and the other in the Parramatta/ Holroyd region. Between 1987 and 1989, the organisation begun test broadcasts. In 1988, Baulkham Hills Shire Council allocated Building 9 in the Balcombe Heights Estate to the organisation, the station has remained in this location since. In October 1992, the organisation was granted a community radio licence and on 12 December 1992 begun broadcasting on 90.5 FM.
From April 2009, Alive 90.5 commenced streaming of its programs live, over the internet. This allows people outside the community area served to enjoy the variety of programming which Alive 90.5 offers. There are two internet streams: 64 kbit/s Joint Mono MP3 and 64kbit/s stereo AAC, to support a variety of listening client programs.
The broadcast area originally served by Alive 90.5 included the City of Holroyd. In late 2017, Alive 90.5 updated their logo and broadcast area to include the newly formed Cumberland Council. The new council was formed in May 2016 from the merger of City of Holroyd with its neighbours.
Alive 90.5 reached its 25th anniversary on 12 December 2017.
The station's current programs cover a wide range of music styles including adult contemporary, jazz, country and easy listening. Alive 90.5 also broadcasts programs that are presented by special interest groups representing interests in Australian music, sport and broadcast in languages other than English.
Examples of these programs include:
In January 2017, Planet Country with Big Stu & MJ, won a people's choice award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. The award was for Most Popular Country Music Station or Program. Planet Country had been finalists in 2016 and 2018 as well.
In August 2019, Alive 90.5 continued their recognition at the CBAA Awards with two finalists announced. Former board member Matthew Brokenbrough, was announced as a finalist for in the 'Excellence in Technical Services' category whilst program Mediterranean Mix was a finalist in the 'Best Radio Program: Music' category. The awards will be held in Melbourne in October 2019.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1995||2CCR - Station||Outstanding Community Service||Won|
|2016||Planet Country (Program)||Australian Country Music People's Choice: Favourite Radio Program/Station||Finalist|
|2016||Planet Country||Australian Country Music People's Choice: Favourite Radio Presenters||Finalist|
|2017||Planet Country||Australian Country Music People's Choice: Favourite Radio Program/Station||Won|
|2017||Planet Country||Australian Country Music People's Choice: Favourite Radio Presenters||Finalist|
|2018||Planet Country||Australian Country Music People's Choice: Favourite Radio Program/Station||Finalist|
|2018||Planet Country||Australian Country Music People's Choice: Favourite Radio Presenters||Finalist|
|2018||Sunday Sports Roundup (Program)||CBAA Award for Excellence in Sports Programming||Won|
|2019||Mediterranean Mix (Program)||CBAA Award for Best Radio Program: Music||Finalist|
|2019||Matthew Brokenbrough (Board Member)||CBAA Award for Excellence in Technical Services||Finalist|
Former presenters and programming
Tim Wong See was a former presenter and board member with Alive 90.5 before moving to Brisbane to work as an announcer on Nova 106.9. Before joining Alive 90.5, Wong-See made news for operating his own pirate radio station from his home. He now works for ABC Sunshine Coast as a morning show producer after briefly working with ABC Gold Coast and SBS.
Alive 90.5 was originally home to country music program Planet Country with Big Stu & MJ. During its time on Alive 90.5, the program was finalists in and won a People's Choice Award (see Recognition). The program moved to SWR Triple 9 in 2018 to accommodate MJ's study schedule at the Australian Film Television Radio School. Both continued as members of Alive 90.5 and Big Stu briefly presented a spin-off program in the original time slot called Country Universe. MJ has since become the breakfast announcer on 93.5 Eagle FM in Goulburn, replacing fellow Alive 90.5 alumni, James Preston, who moved to Power FM in Nowra.
Notable Past Announcers
Former presenters who have gone on to work professionally in radio include:
- Dan Jones, Announcer formerly with i98
- Tim Wong See, Producer from ABC Sunshine Coast
- Maree 'Maz' Forster-Takchi, Drive Announcer formerly with SWR Triple 9
- James Preston, Workday Announcer for Triple M (Port Macquarie)
- Matthew 'MJ' Brokenbrough, Breakfast Announcer for 93.5 Eagle FM
- Brooke Taylor, Producer for Hit FM (Townsville)
- "History of Alive 90.5". Alive 90.5. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
- "2CCR - Get Involved". [2CCR]. 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008.[permanent dead link]
- Clr Sonya Phillips (8 April 2008). "Get behind community radio". Baulkham Hills Shire Council. Archived from the original on 12 August 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
- "The Hills Vibe September 2018 Issue" (PDF). The Hills Vibe. September 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
- "Listen Live". [Alive 90.5]. 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2009.
- "Radio Alive 90.5: 25th Anniversary". Hills To Hawkesbury Living Magazine. 10 June 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- Helen Gregory (8 January 2008). "Radio mix pulls a crowd". [Hills News]. Archived from the original on 2 August 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
- "What's on air". [2CCR]. 2008. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008.
- Radio Mirchi Australia
- The Australian Spectrum Show
- Sunday Sports Roundup
- "Peoples Choice Awards - All Time Winners List". Australian Country Music People's Choice Awards.
- Roberts, Stacey (19 January 2016). "Country Radio Show Taking Over The Planet". Daily Telegraph.
- "Diversity on the dial as 2018 CBAA community radio award winners announced". Radio Today. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- "Alive 90.5 are finalists in the 2019 CBAA Awards". Alive 90.5 FM. 16 August 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
- Hughes, Katrina (16 August 2019). "2019 CBAA Community Radio Awards finalists revealed". CBAA. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
- Brokenbrough, Matthew (1 May 2018). "Where Are They Now". Alive 90.5 FM News. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
- "Tim Wong See on Nova 106.9". Nova 106.9.
- "From Pirate Radio To AFTRS Student". Radio Info. 10 January 2013.
- "Tim". ABC Radio. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- "Wong-See joins ABC Sunshine Coast". australia.influencing.com. Archived from the original on 13 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- "Planet Country Radio Show". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- "Planet Country Radio Show". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- "Planet Country Radio Show". Planet Country Radio Show. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- "MJ joins Eagle FM". RadioInfo. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
- "James Preston and Andy Sands New Power 949". RadioInfo. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
- "How To Break into Radio By Driving Long Distances". Radio Info. 20 May 2012. paragraph 2.
- "Dan Jones Joins i98 FM". Radio Info. 27 December 2016.
- Brokenbrough, Matthew (25 November 2016). "Farewell Maz". Alive 90.5 FM News. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
- "James Preston". Triple M. Retrieved 6 October 2020.