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|Slogan||More To The Music|
|Frequency||103.2 MHz FM|
|First air date||5 March 1979|
|Format||Christian radio, Mixed format Hot AC|
2 = New South WalesChristian Broadcasting Association
|Owner||Hope Media Ltd, formerly Christian Broadcasting Association|
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. 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.
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.
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 is on-air Weekdays from 12:00 to 13:00 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 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)
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.
Hope 103.2 broadcasts the live simulcasts of Sydney's leading news service, Nine News (via Channel Nine Sydney), airing weeknights (Monday-Friday) at 18:00. They began broadcasting since July 2008.
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.
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
2CBA is one of Australia's longest established FM radio services, and the longest established full-time Christian radio service.
- Hope 103.2 Website
- Inspire Digital
- Hope Media
- Open House Website
- Christmas Hope Website *November to January
- Fresh Radio - Online Stream