What is Radio 2RPH?

The initials RPH in our call sign stand for Radio for the Print Handicapped of NSW. We are a special purpose radio station, with more than half our funding supplied by Government sources. We have memberships, fund raising and sponsorships.

There's no other radio station quite like an RPH station!

2RPH provides a radio reading service for people who cannot see, handle or understand printed material. We do so in one way or another for 17 hours a day. That's the sole reason we're here.

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Our listeners

A great many people in the Sydney and throughout NSW who have difficulty seeing, handling, or understanding printed material. They include people with impaired vision, or people who often can't hold a newspaper because of physical disabilities caused by strokes, arthritis, cerebral palsy, etc. Without a radio reading service, they wouldn't be able to access a wide range of information of vital importance to them in their daily lives. 2RPH provides these people with the opportunity to know what's in the daily newspapers or in magazines and books – and they can access all this information simply by switching on their radio.

Listeners also include people from a non-English speaking background. The Adult Migrant Education Service (AMES) uses 2RPH broadcasts as a teaching aid. Announcing the page number of the paper on which an item appears enables students learning English to follow the item being read.

Many people listen to 2RPH while they are driving, or working at home or at business, simply because they enjoy the programming. Some hospitals and nursing homes broadcast 2RPH through their 'in-house' systems.

Broadcasting around the clock

The station is on air 24 hours each day. The three studios and a production suite are in operation from 6am to 11pm each day. Programs from the BBC are broadcast from 11pm to 6am, and each day between 11am and 11:30am for World Briefing.

Volunteers prepare, produce and present all the programs. Items from the day's newspapers are read live by volunteers.

And around Australia...

There are seven RPH stations around Australia (Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart). We are also associated with the Radio Reading Service of New Zealand.

Radio for the Print Handicapped of NSW has been broadcasting in Sydney since April 1983 and from the Glebe studios since May 2000.

Yes, we read for you!

presenter at microphone, reading

You listen when you like to the news from major Australian and local papers.

Selected for you...

closeup of hands, scissors, cutting newspaper

Our volunteers read a vast amount of material and select informative and fun content they think you'll want to hear.

Three staff – 200 volunteers!

General Manager Sancha Donald

2RPH is managed by three paid staff who have responsibility for all administrative functions within the station, and are the liaison point for all other activities.

The General and Technical Managers, in conjunction with some volunteers, carries out all the auditioning and training of new volunteers, completes grant applications and acquittals, and coordinates sponsorship activities.

photo Peter Worthington, head and sholders, black striped shirt

Peter Worthington is Technical Manager. Peter supervises the construction of automation and assists with training and Auditioning. Peter also participates with the General Manager in making decisions about programming.

We have over 200 volunteers, without whom this station would not function! They provide the 'talent' for all live and prerecorded broadcasts.

A team of volunteers looks after the daily rostering requirements for the on air volunteers.

Another team of volunteers is responsible for the many hours of prerecorded programming which is put to air via our automation system.