Northside Broadcasting Co-operative (2NSB) is a community radio station based in Chatswood, Sydney. It operates on the FM99.3 frequency and is referred to as the North Shore’s FM99.3 on-air and for business purposes. From January 2010 the station began restructuring its programs and music content to reflect the expressed wishes of the North Shore community. This was confirmed during a 2011 survey of listeners, supporters and subscribers, who asked for more music they couldn’t hear anywhere else, music that was not played on other radio stations and more local news, views and matters of local interest. In 2018 FM99.3 celebrated its 35th anniversary.
The station began broadcasting in May 1983 from a property in Orchard Road, Chatswood, transmitting to the North Shore – an area that covers the Municipalities of Willoughby, Lane Cove, North Sydney, Mosman and Ku-ring-gai. The station was originally broadcasting on FM91.5. Following a move to the FM99.3 frequency in 2003, the station was rebranded Rhythm & Jazz, encompassing a range of genres from traditional jazz to smooth jazz, funk, soul, blues and world music. The station now serves the whole of the North Shore community with a mix of music best described as ‘adult contemporary’, with a wide range of news, views, information and just good fun.
The station is funded by listener donations and sponsorship from businesses across Sydney’s North Shore and greater Sydney area. It runs as a cooperative, managed by a board of seven directors. Each director serves up to three years in office, with three directors elected at each annual general meeting (November). There are as many as 120 volunteers who donate their personal time to keep the radio station running through activities such as on-air presenting, technical support, program production, bookkeeping, general administration and even cleaning. There is a permanent station manager and commission-based sales staff.
Richard chairs the Northside Radio 99.3 Board. He joined it after a period of station financial difficulty. The progress since has been achievable because of the strength of the station’s committed and exceptional volunteers. On the Board’s behalf, Richard thanks all fellow volunteers and the fantastic listeners for their faith and support over 30 years.
Ramon has a wide range of experience as a presenter of Radio Dalisay, A Filipino show with interviews of some of community leaders. He has been a member of the board of Northside Radio since 2016.
Since joining the Board, Andrew has used his considerable energy and expertise in asking the right questions on critical projects. He brings extensive experience from a background in community and commercial radio.
‘Rockin’ Ray Shoostovian is a welcome addition to the Board. Ray brings particular expertise in the areas of sales, sponsorships and prizes, as well as his highly popular programs. Ray brings a wealth of experience to Northside Radio, having worked in the commercial radio industry for more than 20 years. His enthusiasm and experience are great assets to 2NSB 99.3.