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|Slogan||There's Always Hope|
|Owner||Hope Media Ltd, formerly Christian Broadcasting Association|
Call sign meaning
|2 = New South Wales Christian Broadcasting Association|
Hope 103.2 is an easy listening 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. Its mission is "Communicating Hope to transform life, faith and culture".
The station provides a mixed format of Christian, easy listening and hot adult contemporary music. Its programming includes the talk show Open House, which explores life, faith and hope 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.
Sister station Inspire Digital was the first Australian community radio station launched on DAB+ in 2010.
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 "Hope 103.2". Listeners offered their suggestions for a new name for the station, and "Hope" was judged the best and most popular.
Hope FM began broadcasting initially as 2CBA FM 103.2, "all beautiful music", in 1979, whose format was continuous easy listening music, mixed with Christian news and messages. During this period, much of the music played included James Last, Eric Jupp, Richard Clayderman, Klaus Wunderlich, and other similar sounding artists. Many of these tracks were instrumental versions of more popular hits of the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s. The station ceased this style of programming during late 1999 in favour of the current format.
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 David Esquen on Saturday nights, alongside overnight music, other helpful programs such as Time with God with John North, Focus on the Family, and more.
Now on hiatus, Open House was on-air from 7 to 10 Sunday evenings, and was a live talk show exploring life, faith and culture from a Christian perspective. From 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 was Dwyane Jeffries. The most recent host was Stephen O'Doherty.
Christmas Hope is an online music channel and website produced by Hope Media Ltd. The station runs online from November through to January.
In November 2010, Hope Media commenced broadcasting of Inspire Digital on Sydney DAB+ Radio. It is also available online via live stream on their website. Inspire Digital is Australia's first Christian digital radio station, providing Christian music and teaching.
Hope Media additionally broadcasts FRESH Radio on their website. While using the FRESH branding, FRESH Radio airs only music.
Prior to the Nine Radio rebrand from Macquarie Radio Network in 2020, Hope 103.2 broadcast the live simulcasts of Sydney's leading news service, Nine News (via Channel Nine Sydney), airing every night except Saturdays, at 6:00 pm. This commenced in July 2008.
Prior to the Nine Network-Macquarie Radio Group merger, Nine News / 9news.com.au were also the proud sponsors of ‘'Hope 1032 News'’.
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, Perth, is the CEO of Hope Media Ltd. Dwayne Jeffries is General Manager. Ramona Ishac is Group Sales Manager. Justin Kendall is Community Relations Manager. Lynelle Micati is Finance 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.