From the Chair

David James

This month, we not only celebrate the official opening of 2MBS-FM 45 years ago but we reveal our rebranding in line with the expectations of our audience. For too long we have promoted ourselves as ‘FM’ with a lesser regard for the other delivery channels: digital (DAB+) and streaming.

We are now Fine Music Sydney and our name encompasses all the delivery platforms available to us as well as identifying the station’s geographical source.

This month, we not only celebrate the official opening of 2MBS-FM 45 years ago but we reveal our rebranding in line with the expectations of our audience. For too long we have promoted ourselves as ‘FM’ with a lesser regard for the other delivery channels: digital (DAB+) and streaming. We are now Fine Music Sydney and our name encompasses all the delivery platforms available to us as well as identifying the station’s geographical source.

We almost invented FM. Well, we launched it in Australia and other stations followed suit. The commercial sector originally thought that no one would listen to it because ‘everything you ever wanted is on AM’. The ABC experimented back in the 60s but no one listened because no one knew it was there. It took a ‘mob called the Music Broadcasting Society’ to come along and change it. And change it we did!

We had broken new ground for a few weeks when the station opened officially on 1 February 1975. You’ll notice a selection of special ‘anniversary’ programs this month, particularly those recorded by our volunteer sound engineers.

We are also beginning our quest to enable more information to be provided electronically about the station and our programs. Our volunteers are beavering behind the scenes to make Fine Music Magazine information available on subscribers’ smart devices. Over the next few months you will notice changes and the ability, soon, to access more information.

Please tell your friends about Fine Music Sydney. They’ll be rewarded with music presented by knowledgeable music-lovers for less than 30c a day and not just dished out from a computer server. There are other rewards, too; they’ll be helping to maintain an independent music service.

David James
Chair, Fine Music Sydney

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