Board profile: Ken Bock OAM

Fri, 18 December 2020

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Ken Bock OAM is well known among the hallways and airwaves of 2RPH. He joined the station in November 1995, after being accepted as a news reader when the 2RPH studios were in Marrickville and Tom Crozier was the Station Manager.

His voice is familiar to listeners as an Announcer and Presenter for programs such as Parish Pump, Kaleidoscope and People in Profile.

Together with his many contributions to the broadcast, Ken’s involvement with 2RPH also extends to the station’s operations. He has been a guest speaker on behalf of 2RPH at Rotary, Probus and many other organisations. It has been his remarkable commitment and dedication to giving back to the community, both at 2RPH and in other spheres, that saw Ken awarded an OAM in January 2018.

Ken is a great asset to 2RPH and we feel lucky to have his knowledge and experience on the Board.

Why did you decide to run for election to the Board?

I served on the Board quite a few years ago at the time that Alex McNish was Chairman and Tom Crozier was Station Manager. I have re-joined principally because there were vacancies and it is important that there be as wide a spread of talents and range of experiences among the Board members as possible.

What do you hope to contribute to the 2RPH Board?

In this regard, I would hope that I will be able to contribute in two major areas. Firstly, as regards programs and content. I believe that my 25 years at the Station (thus far!) and the range of programs I have presented will equip me to contribute to considerations on our style of presentation and the “performance” standards of our presenters.

Secondly, I expect that my business experience, principally in finance, will contribute to the financial and accounting deliberations at Board meetings. I have already served for the past few years on the Finance and Risk Assessment sub-committee.

What do you see as opportunities for the future of the station?

I believe that the Station has a definite future but we will need to be very flexible and adaptable as technology continues to improve. In the broadest terms, the print-disabilities component of Australia’s population is of the order of 20 per cent, so we have virtually an unlimited “market” for our services. Therefore, to the extent that people with a print disability do not have access to the printed word, in whatever form it may take in future years, we have much to offer. The added “bonus” of course is the body of listeners who can access the printed word and enjoy listening for the information we broadcast.