2SSR Sutherland Shire Radio celebrates 30 years onair this week having begun as an idea back on 26th September 1984.
The station evolved from the first meeting of 10 members held at a coffee shop in Engadine with the first General Meeting is held on 25th February 1985, with over 40 people in attendance.
After a number of test transmissions over the following years, in 1991 the station gained its permanent broadcast licence, and the Sutherland Council provided a temporary residence in a weatherboard cottage located at 27 Gray Street Sutherland.
The station began transmitting on Saturday 26th September 1992 with Keith Clark the first presenter to go to air.
During the 1993-1994 Bushfire season 2SSR presenters were constantly on air providing vital information about the fires and evacuations within the shire, becoming a vital part of the fire operation management and receiving a Community Service Award for its efforts by the NSW Government.
2SSR is run completely by volunteers, and currently there are 55 who do tasks like Management, presenting and administration.
Scott Docherty who has been at the station for the 30 years they have been on air as a licenced Community Radio, while Ron Hoffmans presented at 2SSR at the age of 96 making him the oldest person to broadcast on radio in Australia.
After many relocations, 2SSR 99.7FM resides and broadcasts from the campus of Gymea TAFE