RPH: Reading for the Print Handicapped

Jan in the studio

We're a community radio station that provides a reading and information service for people who find it difficult to access printed material.

Hobart was the first RPH station in Australia. We began broadcasting in June 1982 and are now part of the Australia-wide RPH network.

RPH provides access to a wide variety of printed publications and material covering a wide range of topics.

Currently we broadcast over 90 different programs every week!

A bit of history…

The Radio for the Print Handicapped movement was established in Australia in the mid 1970s, and was many years in the planning stages before it went to air. Developed by print handicapped people, it was seen by its founders as vital in providing print handicapped people with the same access to information as any other group in the community.

In July 1978 the then minister in charge of communications, Tony Staley, granted licences around Australia for the provision of RPH services.

With assistance from state and federal governments, the Station 7RPH was established. The state government also provided a transmitter site on Mount Nelson. On Saturday 26 June 1982 7RPH commenced daily programming from 73 Montague Street, New Town, and was the first RPH Radio Station anywhere in Australia to do so.

In Southern Tasmania 7RPH was heard on the AM frequency of 1620.

In 1991, with government assistance and a new licence, 7RPH moved their frequency to 864AM and to their present building at 136 Davey Street. It has now been fitted out with four studios and provides an area for volunteers as well as an administrative office.

A new transmitter was built at Rushy Lagoon, Sandford and 7RPH was able to provide an improved service to a wider audience.

The service areas covered are the municipalities of Brighton, Bruny, Clarence, Glenorchy, Green Ponds, Hobart, Huon, Kingborough, Port Cygnet, Richmond, Glamorgan/Spring Bay and Tasman.

In December 2003, the station commenced transmissions via a translator service to Launceston, the Tamar Valley and surrounding townships on a frequency of 106.9FM.

The association established to operate 7RPH was called Broadcast Services for the Handicapped Incorporated, which was changed at the 2004 Annual General Meeting to RPH Print Radio Tasmania Incorporated, reflecting the station's wider broadcast area in the State.

Print Radio Tasmania (PRT) is ‘on air’ continuously, commencing local programming at 8am and concluding at midnight each day. Then, via satellite, we broadcast the BBC World Service overnight.

A few snaps…

sandstone building in Georgian style
The Coachhouse - Our Studios in Hobart

sound and computer equipment
Production/Programming area

radio transmission equipment
Launceston transmitter