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Broadcast area  Canberra RA2 ([1])
Format  Radio reading service
City  Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Frequency  1125 kHz AM Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Repeater(s)  89.5 MHz FM Wagga Wagga, New South Wales; 99.5 MHz FM Junee, New South Wales
First air date  5 October 1992 (1992-10-05)

Radio 1RPH 1125 kHz Canberra (89.5FM Wagga, 99.5FM Junee) is a volunteer staffed AM band radio broadcast station in the Australian Capital Territory serving all of the ACT and surrounding areas of NSW including Queanbeyan, Yass and Michelago, with FM repeaters at Wagga and Junee, and a streaming media on its web site.


Radio 1RPH is a member of the Radio Print Handicapped Network. Its catch-phrases are, Your information station and Turning print into sound, and it is intended to serve all those who are, for any reason, handicapped from reading printed material.

Newspapers, magazines, books, and other printed material are read to air. 1RPH used to have a frequency just outside the AM band on 1620 kHz, and so suffered little interference, and was heard as far away as the United States.

On-air and production

  • Two studios, each with 16 channel Ogenic broadcast mixers:
  • Audio channel sources:
  • computer
  • CD players
  • satellite channels
  • Tape-recorders
  • turntables
  • outside broadcast line
  • telephone-radio interface
  • Production

  • digital post-production studio
  • voice-only studio
  • CD-R and tape library
  • recorded music library
  • Transmitters and antennas

  • 2,000 watt solid-state AM transmitter with standby
  • two 65 metre antenna masts providing directional coverage
  • emergency power-plant
  • Effect of NDIS

    In February 2016, the station management announced that it had been advised that $38,000 would not be available from the ACT Government's Disability ACT as of July 2016, when these funds would become part of the general National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funds administered by the Commonwealth Government. This amount represented roughly a quarter of the station's operating budget. Disability Minister Chris Bourke declined to promise funding from ACT resources, but said he would make enquiries of the Federal Minister for Disability. Leading the effort to publicise this funding shortfall were: President, Ms Lorraine Litster; Vice President, and People With Disabilities ACT president, Robert Altamore; and volunteer broadcaster and ACT Legislative Assembly member, Vicki Dunne MLA. Ms Litster pointed out that, of the $22 billion/year scheme, only $132 million has been set aside for services including the Radio Print Handicapped Network. The National Disability Insurance Authority (NDIA) has said it will be considering the matter.


    1RPH Wikipedia

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