RPH – Courier On The Air
Courier On The Air [RPH]
Monday to Friday
Midday – 1pm
What is RPH?
RPH stands for ‘Radio for the Print Handicapped’. Its role is to assist those persons who are restricted by vision, age, or lack of literacy skills who are unable to access printed materials. What does RPH offer? Reading on the air of the news, feature articles from daily and other general circulation newspapers, subject-based programs that feature readings in an identified topic area from newspapers, magazines and other publications. Serialised book publications, interviews, presentations and other features that relate to subjects that are of particular relevance to an audience with a print disability. A little history on RPH: The earliest broadcasts were aired on 3ZZ and 3CR in the 1970s. A Blind Affair was one of the earliest programs and the intention was: “To really educate the community and perhaps to inspire other people to realise that, though they had this setback of losing some of their vision, they could still have quite fulfilling lives if they wanted to. ” In 1990, the Association for the Blind was granted a broadcast licence to operate 3RPH. The first broadcasts began in 1997 in Mildura, followed by Albury, Wodonga, Bendigo, Geelong, Shepparton, Warragul and Warrnambool.
We are a vital and important service! We would like to inform you of what we are offering our community. This program is live 12 midday to 1pm weekdays. Feedback indicates that we have diverse listeners, some who are visually impaired, some with physical difficulties, some who cannot read and others who follow the reading from the paper to help improve their English. Our program is useful in healthcare settings such as nursing homes, and care facilities. Nursing homes tune in and we are indebted to the many staff who have reported one of their daily tasks is tuning their clients’ radios into 99.9 Voice FM for this specific program. The conversation encouraged from hearing local news, sport and the death and funeral notices is essential to the health and wellbeing of many clients.
A little background: Courier on The Air is an RPH program that started in Ballarat in 2004 with a few volunteers who read on a roster basis for three days a week. As the group expanded this expanded to five days per week. We now have around forty volunteers but we’re always looking for more!
We have just celebrated our 13th birthday and we would love to share with you the memories of the day! We had a festive afternoon tea with wonderful catering from Barclay Motor Lodge.
We acknowledge all of our lovely Courier On The Air presenters and thank you all for supporting our program.
Courier On The Air is an RPH (Reading for the Print Handicapped) program that started in Ballarat in 2004 with a few volunteers who read on a roster basis for three days per week. As the group expanded that was increased to five days per week.
As most of our volunteers have other commitments our numbers have fluctuated over the years. In 2009 we had a meeting and an executive was formed to manage everyday concerns and train new volunteers. This has been very successful. Six training days were held in 2009 and 23 new volunteers added to our number. We now have around forty volunteers.
The program is live 12 midday to one pm with two hours preparation beforehand. This is done on a roster system which is prepared by a member of the executive.
Feedback from listeners has indicated that we have some who are visually impaired, some with physical difficulties, some who cannot read, and others who follow the reading in the paper to help them improve their English.
Nursing homes tune in and a flyer was circulated to spread the word. We are indebted to the many staff that have reported one of their daily tasks is to tune their client’s radios to 99.9, especially for this very important program. The conversation encouraged from hearing the local news, sport and especially the death and funeral notices are invaluable to the wellbeing of many clients.
We are always on the lookout for new volunteers to train for this program either as a presenter or panel operator. If you are interested, please don’t hesitate to contact the station