Vision Australia Radio
|City of license||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Frequency||1179 KHz (1990-)
1629 kHz (1982-1990)
|First air date||12 December 1982|
|Format||Radio reading service|
|Callsign meaning||Vision Australia Radio|
|Affiliations||Radio Print Handicapped Network|
|Webcast||MP3 Stream |
|Website||Official Website |
Vision Australia Radio is a network of eight radio stations in Victoria and southern New South Wales owned by Vision Australia. The stations broadcast a range of programs, generally consisting of readings of newspapers and magazines for people unable to read print media. All the stations are operated by a volunteer staff and a small group of dedicated employees.
The Vision Australia Radio Network is headquartered at Kooyong and is licensed as a Community (RPH) Broadcaster to the print handicapped community. This can include people with vision impairment, a physical illness or disability which makes it difficult for them to hold a paper (such as MS or Parkinson’s), people with dyslexia or those who understand spoken but not written English.
A recent McNair Ingenuity Research study showed that Vision Australia Radio has a statewide audience of more than 250,000 every week – with the majority of listeners aged between 25-54. An estimated 38% of listeners are professionals or self-employed with a further 36% skilled workers.
The station originally broadcast as 3RPH in 1982 from Melbourne, however the station is now formally known as Vision Australia Radio.
Melbourne station - VAR 1179AM
The chief station is:
The other stations are affiliates and opt out of the 3RPH feed for local programmes:
- 2APH 101.7 MHz FM Albury-Wodonga
- 3BPH 88.7 MHz FM Bendigo
- 3GPH 99.5 kHz FM Geelong
- 3MPH 107.5 MHz FM Mildura
- 3SPH 100.1 MHz FM Shepparton
- 3RPH/T 93.5 MHz FM Warragul
- 3RPH/T 94.5 MHz FM Warrnambool
- "New radio services for Melbourne, Geelong and Colac". Australian Communications and Media Authority. 27 June 2000. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- "blindness and low vision services". Vision Australia. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
- Farah Farouque (12 December 2002). "Why Leach is getting serious all over". The Age. Retrieved 2007-12-31.