Welcome to 2WCR-FM 99.5 the community radio station for Coonabarabran and the Warrumbungle Shire. Our organization is one of volunteers, all dedicated people who, ‘wear many hats,’ to enable this radio station to provide the entertainment that enjoys wide support within our community.
We broadcast to the Warrumbungles, Siding Spring, the Pilliga Forest and all of the towns and hamlets in between, which include; Baradine, Purlewaugh, Binnaway, Ulamambri, Bugaldie, Mendooran, Tooraweenah, Coolah, Warkton, Dunedoo, Goorianawa, Mullaley, Rocky Glen and Warrumbungle.
We broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with both local programming and using the resources of the Community Radio Network. Our main broadcasting tower is situated on Bingee Grumble Mountain, west of the airport and 10 kilometeres out of town and our studio is situated in the middle of Coonabarabran at the showground.
The concept of a local community radio station had been in the minds of a number of people including Mal Penman, Rob Dean and Garry Edwards for many years. With their expertise and organizational skills they were able to assemble a team of like -minded people and transmission commenced in 1998. Presenters, from a wide variety of community backgrounds were trained and local production commenced and has since grown to include; sponsorships, playlists, music and information shows, local news and weather and interviews of an interest to our community. An Outside Broadcast Van was one innovation that allowed greater community interaction over a wider area than was possible from a studio.
We have continued transmission from those humble beginnings and as from 2014 we are currently headquartered in our cottage studio at the showground in Coonabarabran. This is a very functional set up as it allows us sufficient room for; broadcasting, production, meetings, catering and entertainment all in the one area. Approximately 60% of our on-air time is devoted to local production. We produce our own playlists and sponsorships and our sixteen announcers conduct their shows with sessions ranging from one to three hours each week.
Our station’s motto is, ‘Your Voice Your Music.’ This is very inclusive of the entire community. One hears recognizable voices pronouncing localities correctly often with interesting background knowledge. The voices reflect country NSW, all ages from school children to seniors. The music played reflects the interests of our community and listeners have their favourite shows to which they regularly tune.