RPP FM

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RPP FM
3RPP Radio Logo.jpg
City of license Arthur's Seat, Victoria
Broadcast area Mornington Peninsula
Branding RPP FM
Slogan Your Peninsula Radio
Frequency 98.7 MHz
Repeaters 98.3 MHz Frankston
First air date 1984 (1984)
Format Community
Power 800 watts
Callsign meaning 3Radio Port Phillip
Former frequencies 94.3 MHz (????-????)
Owner Radio Port Phillip Association Inc
Website rppfm.com.au

RPP FM is a community radio station in the Mornington Peninsula region of Victoria, Australia. The radio station was established in 1984 to provide a local community radio service to the region.

History[edit]

RPP FM (Formally 3RPP) was initially based at studios located in Octavia Street, Mornington. The building was a former Telecom Australia exchange building, and was located in the centre of a carpark adjoining the nearby Mornington Main Street Shopping Centre.

Initially, 3RPP was licenced to commence services on frequency 94.3 MHz. There were a wide range of programs on 3RPP including specialist music programs, and regular daily breakfast programs and other popular programming including broadcasts from the still operating 21st Century Dance Club in Frankston.

The LOGO has taken two forms since commencement of services, the first with "94.3 3RPP" in blue Greek-styled characters on a white background, with the second being adopted upon the station's relocation to 98.7 MHz. The logo is described as a yacht sailing in a bay or inlet with sea-gulls above. This logo has been in use for well over 15 years by the radio station.

Frequency and translators[edit]

The main transmission frequency in the Mornington Peninsula, from a site at Arthur's Seat is 98.7 MHz (800 W), however an additional frequency was allocated in the Frankston City area on 98.3 MHz (10 W) to allow for reception in an otherwise blackspot area. 3RPP however promotes both frequencies with equal prominence on its website, despite the limited coverage provided by the 98.3 Repeater.

Relocation[edit]

The radio station was required to move from its Mornington location due to the extensions of the car park and the sale of their building to developers.

The new studio location at the then "Moorooduc Coolstores" provided a stable location for 3RPP's operations until 2011. However, with the planned redevelopment of the Moorooduc Coolstores property, 3RPP has committed to relocate to a new broadcast studio location back to Mornington at newly renovated community facility at Tanti Park.

Board[edit]

3RPP have until May 2010 had employed Maria McColl as Station Manager. After a long tenure of 22 years in the position 3RPP had advertised for a replacement. Following an extensive selection process, the station's committee appointed a new Station Manager, Mount Martha based former ABC Sport producer Brendon Telfer.

Local newspaper Mornington Peninsula Mail described Brendan Telfer's appointment thus:

"He has an impressive management, production and on-air background with ABC's Radio Australia, which includes commentary work for major international events. He is a long-term resident of the peninsula with a great empathy for local issues and the role of 3RPP in the community"[1]

The Committee of Management (The Board) of 3RPP consists of five people, these are:[2]

  • Graeme Kniese (President)
  • Ellice Viggers (Secretary)
  • Dr. W Peter Wright (Programming)
  • Bob Phillips

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ABC man at helm of 3RPP". Mornington Peninsula Mail. 5 May 2010. Archived from the original on 26 Jul 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]