Infobox Radio station
name = 2RPH

city =
area = Sydney
branding =
slogan =
frequency = 1224 kHz AM
repeater = 100.5 mHz FM Eastern Sydney
100.5 mHz FM Newcastle
93.3 mHz FM Wollongong
airdate = April 18, 1983
share =
share as of =
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format = Radio reading service
power =
erp =
haat =
class = Community radio
facility id =
coordinates =
callsign_meaning = 2 = New South Wales
Radio for the
former_callsigns =
affiliations = Radio Print Handicapped Network
owner = Radio for the Print Handicapped NSW Cooperative Ltd.
licensee =
sister_stations =
webcast =
website = official|http://www.2rph.org.au

2RPH (aka Radio for the Print Handicapped) is an Australian radio reading service that reads newspapers and magazines for the benefit of those who have difficulties reading for themselves. [cite web |title=Radio brings blind into focus |url=http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23493615-5001030,00.html |date=2008-04-07 |accessdate=2008-08-04 |author=Tory Maguire |publisher=Daily Telegraph (Australia) ] It is the Sydney station of the RPH Network. [cite web |title=Value our Voices |url=http://www.cbonline.org.au/%5Cmedia%5CElection_07%5CRPH_Summary1.1.pdf
date=2007 |accessdate=2008-08-04 |publisher=CBAA


The need for a radio reading service was realised in New South Wales in 1983 with the establishment of 2RPH as a "Community Benefit Organisation", incorporated as a Co-operative Society. The station began operating on 18 April 1983.

The first broadcast frequency was off the main broadcast band, and was thus unsuitable, as many people could not receive the station. The problem was partly resolved by a move to a more suitable band location, and further in 1993 when the Commonwealth Government provided the station with transmission facilities previously used by commercial station 2WS. These facilities are still in use and provide a strong signal to most parts of Greater Sydney and some suburbs outside the metropolitan area. [cite web |title=About 2RPH |url=http://www.2rph.org.au/about |date=2006 |accessdate=2008-08-04 |publisher= [http://www.2rph.org.au 2RPH] ]


Originally designed for the vision-impaired, elderly, and infirm, currently many English language teachers instruct their students to tune in and follow the printed word on air.


Volunteers prepare, produce, and present all the programs, including readings from magazines and other publications, which are pre-recorded. Many of these recorded programs are re-broadcast by RPH stations in other parts of Australia and the Radio Reading Service in New Zealand. 2RPH is the largest supplier of programs to the national network feed.

Applicants for on-air work must pass an audition carefully designed to demonstrate their skills at reading aloud. Volunteer positions are often available for behind-the-scenes duties.


External Links


=See also=
* List of Australian radio stations
* Radio Print Handicapped Network
* Community Radio Network (Australia)

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