RPP FM held their AGM on the weekend detailing the achievements and strong position the local radio station held over the past year and Bob Phillips and wife, Judy Banks-Phillips were honoured to receive the RPP FM Life Membership Award and join a long list of other Life Members who have successfully brought the station to where is it today.
Bob and Judy reminisce about the old 3RPP studio in an old tin shed at the back of Coles in Mornington in 1988 when they first broadcast their current program Sugar n’ Spice (Judy being Sugar and Bob being Spice supposedly).
The Sugar n’ Spice duo are no strangers to the entertainment world with Bob, a TV veteran producing popular Australian variety shows and Judy, a TV presenter and actor, bring a kaleidoscope of interviews including the ‘who’s who’ of Australian showbiz, jokes and music every Thursday at 9am, As Bob & Judy say, “It’s a TV variety program without the pictures.”
For the past three years Bob presents another radio program called the Late, Late Brekky Show which airs every Sunday at 9am covering an eclectic mix of music and classic comedy skits from comedy masters. Bob is also the RPP FM Vice President and Program Manager.
Congratulations Bob & Judy!
Other awards presented at the AGM include:
Outstanding Ethnic Program – Wolfgang Graf presenter of ‘German with Wolf Graf’
Volunteer of the Year – Debra Mar
Outstanding Program Broadcast Partnership on Air – Arts About!
RPP FM Best Sporting Coverage – Nepean League Grand Final presented by Andrew ‘Toe Punt’ Kelly and his commentary team
New Program Innovation – Soul 2 Soul with Steve and Patricia
Programming Excellence including Best Special & Featured Interviews – Blues Shack presented by Ray Reid
Best New Presenter – Jacki Mitchell presenter of Taking Care of Business
Best Program for 2013 – Jazztime presented by Barry Wightman, Graeme Kniese & Tim Harding
Presenter of the Year – Peter Smedley – The Breakfast Scoop program
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To begin proceedings at the AGM, President Graeme Kniese addressed the room explaining how we built a strong and serious local radio station for the community with a special mention to volunteers who are an integral part of the success of the station. They include Paul Mason, Technical guru for the installation and maintenance of radio equipment, Rab Siddhi, RPP FM official photographer who always rises to the occasion with great photography, Keith Horner, Trainer of program presenters and to Mark Mayle and the BlueScope Performance Studio which has been a great asset attracting bands, music artists, concerts, radio plays and events to RPP FM.
Added to the list of acknowledgements is the RPP FM Production team for setting up and recording voice overs, sponsor’s messages and Outside Broadcast at major events and sporting events on the Peninsula.
The great news is listening audience numbers has increased and Sales Manager, Martyn Ashton continues to do a sterling job attracting sponsorships.
Lastly, the station would not run smoothly without the expertise and support of Ellice, Noela and Maryanne performing administrational duties.
Station Manager, Brendon Telfer acknowledged we have come along way and the strength behind RPP FM is the amazing team who produce incredible programs backed by a wonderful and reliable support team, working tirelessly behind the scenes.
Brendon added, “We are heavily involving and talking to the community with a deliberate presence of the spoken word in programs such as Taking Care of Business, Arts About and Soul 2 Soul, and interviews on Breakfast programs including Breakfast with Johnno & Marzy and the Breakfast Scoop. Radio plays are also gathering momentum across the station with a production currently being aired titled Island King.”
RPP FM is moving forward at a rapid rate and the CBAA has recognized the station's extraordinary work, providing an increase in Grant Awards.
Brendon also announced an upgrade on our transmission site at Arthurs Seat and 4G is on it’s way. He said, “It’s been a remarkable year with phenomenal achievements. We had the vision to deliver a great radio station and thank you to the committee for their support in achieving that.”
Treasure John Fraser reported the station is in a healthy position to move forward into 2014.
It was concluded that RPP FM is going leaps and bounds with a great professional team to take them into an exciting future.
To be the best local radio station in Australia servicing the community
Words Debra Mar
Photography Rab Siddhi
Pictured: L-R, RPP FM President Graeme Kniese, presenters of Sugar n’ Spice Judy Banks-Phillips & Bob Phillips (RPP FM Vice President)