“IT’S an unbelievable dream come true.”
They were the words of Junee resident June Bennett after the Radio 1RPH was officially launched at the Junee Licorice Factory this week.
With the help of her husband Ian, Mrs Bennett began her campaign to bring the radio station to Junee in 2010 and the official opening was milestone moment.
“(Originally) I thought ‘try June, but don’t be too disappointed if it doesn’t happen’,” she said.
The radio station has been broadcasting since late September and from December 3 will begin reading Riverina news from the The Daily Advertiser.
Radio 1RPH president Gerald Lynch said the station was a community service which brought marganlised residents back into the community through the efforts of 120 volunteers.
Kathryn Bedin from Vision Australia said the service would be an invaluable tool for Junee’s vision impaired.
“It keeps them in touch with what’s happening in the world,” she said.
Mr Lynch said while the station was known for reading newspapers, it also read books and poetry and was not just for people who were not able to read the printed word.
“A lot of people that I didn’t think would be interested in it are (now) listening to it,” Mrs Bennett said.