Special Programs

A collection of one-off event programs, special interviews and information on 2RPH!

Feature interviews

Governor of NSW on volunteers

2RPH welcomed the Governor of NSW His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Linda Hurley to tour the station, meet some of the longest serving volunteers, and to have a go at reading in The Australian and The Newcastle Herald.

Original broadcast date 30.05.2018

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Music and Mrs Hurley

Mrs Linda Hurley, wife of the Governor of NSW, is today's special guest on Ablequest. She talks about the benefits of singing and how everyone should sing, not just those with talent.

Original broadcast date 8.06.2018

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Governor-General on the spoken word

On 3rd of February 2017, 2RPH welcomed Their Excellencies Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove to the station. Hear long-time volunteer Peter Ryan interview Sir Peter Cosgrove on the importance of the spoken word, among many things.

Original broadcast date 3.02.17

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Meet paralympic legend Lindi Hou

Paralympic gold medallist and world champion Lindy Hou talks about losing her sight to a degenerative eye condition and how she continued to work towards realising a childhood dream.

Original broadcast date 15.04.2013

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Magazine doyenne Ita Buttrose on her charitable work

Jonathan Coleman interviews Sydney-based Australian journalist, TV personality and author Ita Buttrose for 2RPH's 30th birthday celebrations. She talks about being 2013 Australian of the Year.

Original broadcast date 18.04.2013

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Journalist Leigh Sales on reading

Australian journalist and author Leigh Sales talks about her first experience with community radio in her university days and on her love for reading.

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Community radio advocate Adrian Basso on funding

After the unveiling of the Federal Budget, Adrian Basso, President of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA), speaks out against the shortfall in funding for community radio. 

Original broadcast date May 2013.

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Event coverage

Jono and Dano celebrate 2RPH's 30th birthday

In 2013, 2RPH celebrated 30 years of being on the airwaves. Radio hosts Jonathan Coleman (Jono) and Ian Rogerson (Dano), of The Jono and Dano Show, helped the station celebrate with a series of interviews with special guests and this interview with former General Manager Nicci Lindemann. 

Original broadcast date 14.04.2013

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Special coverage: Remembrance Day

At 11am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. Thereafter, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance. Listen in as 2RPH observes one minute's silence to honour this day. The special program that follows includes readings of Australian war poetry.

Original broadcast date 11.11.2013

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News Years Eve 2015

Introduction: 8.30 - 8.45pm Audio Description Introduction Pylon Projections and Acknowledgement of Country.

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8.53 - 9.12pm family fireworks

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Introduction and countdown to midnight fireworks

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Other programs broadcast on the night may also be of interest:

Emma Bedford and Will McRostie (the night's Narrators) talk about their respective pasts in Audio Describing.

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Aneurin Coffey chats with Emma about his position as Producer of Sydney New Year's Eve

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News Years Eve 2014

7.45 - 8.10pm Audio Description Introduction and 8pm Air Display.

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8.30 - 9.15pm Pylon Projections, Acknowledgement of Country and 9PM Family Fireworks

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10.35 - 10.45pm Inspirational moment

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Introduction and countdown to midnight fireworks

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News Years Eve 2013

Midnight fireworks simulcast

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Family fireworks simulcast

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Discover 2RPH

The start of 2RPH

Join former General Manager Nicci Lindemann as she talks with Emeritus Professor Ron Postle, the station's second Chairman after founding Chair Professor Neil Runcie, and Geoff Brown, the first manager of 2RPH. They discuss the founding roots of 2RPH.

Original broadcast date 16.04.2013

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Volunteering - Now and Then

Join three of 2RPH's longest-serving volunteers and infamous voices Liz Claridge, Jeanette Ward and Peter Bonsall-Boone as they share their memories of volunteering with 2RPH back when it started in 1983. Liz and Peter have since passed away. 2RPH will always remember their contributions and voices.

Original broadcast date 17.04.2013

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What is 2RPH?

Learn all about 2RPH - why it exists, who tunes in, where you can hear us, and the programs you can expect to hear!

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A history of 2RPH

Our beloved Sydney radio reading service was born on 23 October 1977 when a public meeting was held at Paddington Town Hall. Professor Neil Runcie was elected Chairman. Hear more about the origins of 2RPH by clicking below. 

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What can you expect to hear on 2RPH

If you have found your way to 2RPH on your radio, computer or phone, listen to this comprehensive overview of what you can expect to hear on the radio reading service.

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A photo of Governor of NSW David Hurley

Governor of NSW His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) being interviewed by 2RPH Announcer Janet Collingwood at the Glebe station.

Photography by Tom Psomotragos.

A photo of Mrs Linda Hurley, wife of Governor of NSW David Hurley.

Mrs Linda Hurley, wife of the Governor of NSW, being interviewed by 2RPH's Ablequest team - Barbara Sullivan and Marnie Roper - in Studio 2 at the Glebe station.

Photography by Tom Psomotragos.

A photo of Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove at 2RPH

His Excellency General The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) sitting next to 2RPH's Annie Kiefer in Studio 3 at the Glebe station.