Hope 103.2

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Hope 103.2 (2CBA)
Broadcast area Sydney
Slogan More To The Music
Frequency 103.2 MHz FM
First air date 5 March 1979
Format Christian radio, Mixed format Hot AC
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 204 m[1]
Transmitter coordinates 33°48′20″S 151°10′51″E / 33.80556°S 151.18083°E / -33.80556; 151.18083
Callsign meaning

2 = New South Wales

Christian Broadcasting Association
Owner Hope Media Ltd, formerly Christian Broadcasting Association
Website http://hope1032.com.au

Hope 103.2 is a Christian radio station in Sydney, Australia, transmitting on the FM dial at 103.2 MHz. Founded as 2CBA by the Rev. Vernon Turner, it commenced broadcasting on 5 March 1979 and cemented itself as Australia's first Christian FM radio station.

The station provides a mix of contemporary Christian and mainstream music. Its programming includes talk show, Open House, which explores life, faith and culture from a Christian perspective.[2] Station programming also features competitions, listener interaction, morning devotionals, short Christian spots, as well as broadcasts of church services each Sunday from St. Thomas' North Sydney and St. John's in Parramatta.

The radio station relocated from Five Dock to its current studios in Seven Hills (the former home of WSFM) and was renamed FM103.2 in 2002, with the tag-line The Heart of Sydney. The station was renamed Heart 103.2 in December 2007, but this was challenged legally by Macquarie Regional Radioworks who held a generic right to the name Heart. It was decided to use "Sydney's 1032" as the interim on-air identifier for 2008.[3]

On Monday, 15 December 2008 at Midnight the station was renamed as Hope 103.2. Listeners offered their suggestions for a new name for the station and Hope was judged the best and most popular.[4]

Programming[edit]

The format of Hope 103.2 is described as "Contemporary Christian Radio", which is Christian-infused mainstream light contemporary radio. The program format is designed to reach out to the wider community as well as the Christian community. This is achieved with "family friendly" and accessible music with a positive or relational message, whether performed by Christian or non-Christian artists and regardless of whether or not the music is intentionally carrying a Christian message. Hope 103.2 also broadcasts FRESH with Erin La Macchia on Saturday nights, alongside overnight music, other helpful programs such as Time with God with John North, Focus on the Family and more.

Open House[edit]

Open House is on-air Weekdays from 12Noon to 1pm and Sunday evenings, and is a live talk show exploring life, faith and culture from a Christian perspective. Since the shows beginnings in April 2006 to March 2011, the show was hosted by Sheridan Voysey. From April 2011 until December 2013, Open House was hosted by TV and Radio Broadcaster Leigh Hatcher. The 2014 host of Open House is Dwyane Jeffries

Christmas Hope[edit]

Christmas Hope is an online music channel and website produced by Hope Media Ltd. Christmas is a season that really brings a community together. It encourages a spirit of giving, and often brings back some ‘feel good’ memories. During this time, sometimes one Christmas song every now and then just isn’t enough. Christmas Hope gives you that Christmas cheer whenever and however long you want. The station runs online from November through to January.

Digital Radio (Inspire Digital)[edit]

In November 2010, Hope Media commenced broadcasting of Inspire Digital on Sydney DAB+ Radio. Inspire Digital is Australia's first Christian Digital Radio Station, providing Christian Music and teaching.

Nine News[edit]

Hope 103.2 broadcasts the live simulcasts of Sydney's leading news service, Nine News (via Channel Nine Sydney), airing weeknights (Monday-Friday) at 6pm. They began broadcasting since July 2008.

Album Playlist[edit]

Hope 103.2 plays hits from Christian artists such as Francesca Battistelli, Casting Crowns, Third Day, tobyMac, MercyMe, Revive & Charmaine (musician). In addition, Hope plays a wide range of contemporary mainstream music.

Management[edit]

Phillip Randall, previously CEO of Sonshine FM, is the CEO of Hope Media Ltd.
Dwayne Jefferies is Content Director
Aaron Wright is Program Director
Andrew Morris is Online Manager
Gavin Brett is Group Sales Manager
Justin Kendall is Donor Relations Manager
Kim Wilkinson is Marketing Manager
Lynelle Micati is Accounts Manager
Stephen Wilkinson is Technical Operations Manager

2CBA and other Christian radio[edit]

2CBA is one of Australia's longest established FM radio services, and the longest established full-time Christian radio service.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HAAT estimated from http://www.itu.int/SRTM3/ using EHAAT.
  2. ^ "About The Open House Show". Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  3. ^ "Hope 103.2's story". Retrieved 2014-05-26 verified by Marketing Manager Kim Wilkinson.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Hope 103.2's story". Retrieved 2014-05-26 verified by Marketing Manager Kim Wilkinson.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "ACMA Community Licence allocations and renewals". Retrieved 2014-05-26. 

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