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Frank Presley has broadcast jazz on Australian public radio since 1991, initially from the mud-brick studios of 2BBB Bellingen on the NSW Mid North Coast. One of the longest continuously running jazz programs in Australia, ‘Now’s the Time' had humble beginnings at 2NVR Nambucca Valley Radio in late 1991 and has continued via 2WAY FM Port Macquarie, 2BOB FM Taree and North FM Hornsby over the years. ‘Now’s the Time’ and Northside Radio are now synonymous, with Frank continuing to broadcast from the Northside Radio’s Chatswood, Sydney studios since 2001. Now’s the Time is broadcast from 4pm – 7pm every Tuesday afternoon.

In addition, in 2016 Frank introduced a new jazz program called The New Jazz Standard to Sydney airwaves broadcasting from Fine Music 102.5 every Thursday night at 7pm. The New Jazz Standard is a concept program based on a fresh perspective of modern and alternative music contributing to the standard jazz repertoire. In a jazz context, Frank presents jazz interpretations of music from composers more associated with the world of pop, rock and film but also contemporary jazz composers interpreted by other fine jazz artists.

Frank has interviewed hundreds of artists over the years and you can hear all of Frank’s interviews exclusively on the Interview page on this website. Frank was a presenter of Comradsat’s Australian jazz program “Tempo” in the 1990’s. Frank is currently the editor of the Sydney based jazz e-zine Jazz and Beyond, and a Jazz reviewer for Fine Music Magazine. He was a reviewer for ABC Limelight Magazine from 2007-12, a contributor for Extempore Journal and The Bulletin and in 2006, he was awarded as the winner of the National Jazz Writing Competition at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz for his album and live performance reviews.

The latest playlist from Now’s the Time is here.

The latest playlist from The New Jazz Standard is here.
Email Frank: frankpresley@hotmail.com


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Northside Radio FM 99.3 2NSB
2:00pm to 4:00pm JB’s Shuffle with John Buchanan
89.7FM Eastside Radio
7:00am to 9:00am Jammin with Phillip James
9:00am to 10:00am The New Thing with Chelsea Deeley
12noon to 1:00pm Sincopatico with Pino Scuro
3:00pm to 4:00pm Jazz Made in Australia with Paula Langlands
6:00pm to 8:00pm The Gypsy Hot Club with Yaron Hallis
8:00pm to 9:00pm The Spirit House with Sean O’Brien & James Tsai & Johann Rahman
9:30pm to 11:00pm Fusion Delusion with Nathan and Nicholas
107.3FM 2SER
Winner of CBAA's award for 'Contribution to Local Music Content' in 2006, recording live improvised music and promoting upcoming performances, events and releases each week
88.1FM 2RDJ
11:00am to 1:00pm Jazz with Jean MacKenzie
90.5FM 2CCR
6:00am to 7:00pm Smooth Jazz
88.5FM 2RRR
noon to 2:00pm Midday Jazz with Neil MacBeth
2:00 pm to 4:00pm New York Nice and Easy with Tom Parker
90.1FM 2NBC
11:00am to 12:30pm Artistry in Jazz

89.7FM Eastside Radio
9:00am to 10:30am In The Pocket with Virginia Lowe
Noon to 2:00pm Mixed Marriage with Lloyd Swanton
2:00pm to 4:00pm Voices with Lily Dior
6:30pm to 8:00pm The Groovescooter Show with Paris Pompor
8:00pm to 9:30pm Moodswing with Manny Gasparatinos & Taline Kaliajian
9:30pm to 11:30pm Vibez Brasil with Mau Buchler & Rapha Brasil
FM99.3 2NSB
noon to 4:00pm Thompson's Corner with Sharon Thompson.
"This program is an afternoon of diverse music, both in terms of genre/artist/ and style.
My own musical tastes vary widely, but there are a few musical paths I don't follow. You won't hear opera/dance/grunge/punk/rap/hip hop/gangsta, or any of the more modern urban (read American) takes on the contemporary scene.
I think I probably reflect the tastes of many of my age group, but I know I have many older and considerably younger listeners.
The show exists to promote and publicise Australian music and musicians, and I'm keen to include interviews with them whenever possible.
My personal approach is to expose the listener to high quality selective music that isn't heard on commercial radio, and to provide relevant information about the muso/artist when required. My collection is weighted to the vocal performer, but since becoming part of the station, my exposure to the broad church of "contemporary jazz" has certainly broadened my horizons, and I'm still enormously keen to hear emerging voices, vocally and instrumentally.
Not having a musical background (either by choice or training), I come to this endeavour with a naive enthusiasm for the transformative power of music in all its forms to affect our lives. I can't imagine living without music, and I know there are millions like me."- Sharon Thompson
4:00pm to 7:00pm Jazz on the Long Way Home with Chris Fletcher & Phil Halderman
12:00pm to 2:00pm A Jazz Hour with Barry O?Sullivan
88.1FM 2RDJ
11:00am to 1:00pm Jazz Notes with Garry Stark
90.5FM 2CCR
9:00pm to 11:00pm Cool Moon
88.5FM 2RRR
noon to 2:00pm Midday Jazz with Bruce Flarrety
107.3FM 2SER
noon to 2:00pm Phantom Dancer with Greg Poppleton. Australia's longest running swing and jazz show - playing swing and jazz from live 1920s-60s radio and TV since 1985!

89.7FM Eastside Radio
7:00am to 9:00am Jammin with Helen Fenton
Noon to 2:00pm Playing Favourites with Gill Falson
2:00pm to 4:00pm All That's Jazz with Bob Bertles
6:30pm to 8:00pm Fuse with Stuart Vandegraaf
FM99.3 2NSB
2:00pm to 4:00pm Milestones with Graeme Lyndon
1:00 to 2:00 pm Jazz Nice and Easy with Mike Sawyer
7:00 to 8:00 pm The Midweek Jam with James Heath
88.1FM 2RDJ
11:00am to 1:00pm Midweek Jazz with Tony Buckley
Founded in 1992, Black Routes presents blues, rhythm 'n' blues and gospel from the '20s to the 21st Century, with a targeted 40% Australian content, and 35% women's music. The program also includes zydeco, Tex-Mex and local "honky tonk" and a capella styles, and occasional dashes of music from West and South Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
88.5FM 2RRR
noon to 2:00pm Midday Jazz with David Stevens
2:00pm to 4:00pm New York Nice and Easy with Tom Parker
107.3FM 2SER
99.7FM 2SSR
7:00am to noon Fred's Potpourri of Music and Jazz

89.7FM Eastside Radio
7:00am to 9:00am Jammin (various)
12:00am to 2:00pm When Emma Met Sally with Emma Pask & Sally Cameron
2:00pm to 4:00pm Blow with Matt McMahon and Dan Barnett
8:00pm to 9:30pm Deep Blues with Peter Charley
9:30pm to 11:00pm Cubanisimo with Martin Taylor
88.1FM 2RDJ
11:00am to 1:00pm Not Notes and Cool Harmonies with Frank Mackie
88.5FM 2RRR
noon to 2:00pm Midday Jazz with Rob Scott
8:00pm to 10:00pm My Kind of Jazz with Rick Farraway
10:00pm to noon Feel Good Revival with Colin Briscoe
88FM Bondi Beach
4:00pm to 6:00pm Mellow Tone
107.1FM Highland FM
8:00pm to 10:00pm Smooth and Cool with Gary Peace

89.7FM Eastside Radio
9:00am to 10.30am Somethin's Cookin with Steve Brien
99.3FM 2NSB
7:00pm to 9:00pm The Latin View of Jazz with Francisco Pinero
92.9 FM ABC Classic FM
10:30pm to 12:30pm Jazz up Late with Jerry Koster
88.1FM 2RDJ
11:00am to 1:00pm Sydney Jazz Club Presents
1:00am to 3:00pm Black Routes with Gil Onyett
88.5FM 2RRR
90.1FM 2NBC
11:00am to 12:30pm Artistry in Jazz
88FM Bondi Beach
2:00pm to 4:00pm In the Deep
107.1FM Highland FM
2:00pm to 4:00pm Blue Jazz with John Hibberd

89.7FM Eastside Radio
10:00am to Noon The Lush Life with Jim Pennell
Noon to 2:00pm Freedom Jazz Dance with Peter Smetana
2:00pm to 4:00pm The World of Jazz with Michael Muir
99.3FM 2NSB
12:00pm to 2:00pm Nick Hammond Smooth Jazz Mix
10:00pm to 12:00am John Buchanan’s Jazz Archives
92.9FM ABC Classic FM
5:00pm to 7:00pm Jazz Track with Mal Stanley
90.5FM 2CCR
6:00am to 8:00am Early Morning Attitude
5:00pm to 6:00pm City Lights
Community Radio Network (check your local station)
8:00pm to 11:00pm A Jazz Hour with Barry O?Sullivan

89.7FM Eastside Radio
99.3FM 2NSB
6:00am to 7:00am Jazz Made in Australia with Paula Langlands
4:00pm to 6:00pm Soulscope with Georgina Reed & Peter March fortnightly
10:00pm to 12:00pm New York Nice'n'Easy with Tom Parker
88.1FM 2RDJ
9:00pm to 10:00pm Sunday Night Live with Garry Stark
92.9FM ABC Classic FM
5:00pm to 7:00pm Jazz Track with Mal Stanley
90.5FM 2CCR
9:00am to noon Sunday Brunch
noon to 3:00pm Basically Grooving
90.1FM 2NBC
1:30pm to 3:30pm Artistry in Jazz
88FM Bondi Beach
noon to 3:00pm You are Listening in Colour
3:00pm to 5:00pm In the Deep 11
89.1FM Blu FM
2:00 to 4:00pm Jazz Hour with Barry O'Sullivan
107.1FM Highland FM
10:00am to 12:00am Jazz Time. Various presenters

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