New Horizons Radio Broadcast Schedule

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Adelaide, 5RPH 1197AM and on RPH Adelaide digital
Times: 9.15am Wednesday; Repeated 6.00pm Friday
Also on Iris which is a linked digital radio station
Times: 10.30am Friday; Repeated at 6.30pm, 10.45am Sunday; Repeated at 6.45pm,

Brisbane, 4RPH 1296AM
Times: 1.30pm Thursday; Repeated 8.00pm

Canberra, 1RPH 1125AM

Wagga Wagga 89.5FM
Junee 99.5FM
Times: 9.15am Tuesday;
Repeated 8.00pm and again at 9.30am on Saturday

Coral Coast, 94.7FM
Time: 4.30pm Saturday

Hobart, 7RPH 864AM

Launceston, 106.9FM

Devonport, 96.1FM
Times: 11.30am Thursday; Repeated 9.45pm Wednesday

Melbourne, 3RPH 1179AM and Vision Australia Radio regional stations; RPH Albury, 101.7FM, RPH Bendigo, 88.7FM, RPH Geelong, 99.5FM, RPH Mildura, 107.5FM, RPH Shepparton, 100.1FM, RPH Warragul, 93.5FM, RPH Warrnambool, 94.5FM
Times: 4.30pm Wednesday; Repeated 6.30pm Sunday

Sydney, 2RPH 1224AM

Sydney East 100.5FM

Newcastle/Lower Hunter 100.5FM
Times: 3.00pm Thursday; Repeated Saturday 2.00pm; no Saturday repeat for Newcastle/Lower Hunter

Perth, 6RPH 990AM
Times: 4.30pm Wednesday: Repeated 6.30pm Sunday

New Horizons Podcast

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio show. It is an interview style, with topics relevant to people who are blind or vision impaired. It runs for about 15 minutes, in MP3 format. To listen, you can use the audio player below.

From January 2018, New Horizons and other BCA audio files are available from a new podcast feed ! You can subscribe to the Blind Citizens Australia podcast feed by pointing your Pod-Catcher to:

To visit the Blind Citizens Australia podbean page, go to:

New Horizons Theme Song now on iTunes!

For those who would like to grab their own personal copy of the recently produced “New Horizons” theme song, it is now available for purchase in the iTunes store.

Cost is $1.69, with all proceeds going to Blind Citizens Australia.

The “New Horizons” theme song can be found by doing a search for “Blind Citizens” within iTunes, or go to the direct link: New Horizons on iTunes

We are Looking for a new theme song for New Horizons!

Calling song-writers and musicians who are blind or vision-impaired. Submit your songs to Blind Citizens Australia’s competition to find a new theme for its national weekly radio program, New Horizons.

About Blind Citizens Australia

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is the united voice of Australians who are blind or vision impaired.
Our mission is to achieve equity and equality by our empowerment, by promoting positive community attitudes, and by striving for high quality and accessible services which meet our needs. BCA has a team of dedicated employees and a Board of Directors as well as a National Policy and Development Council.
BCA has 11 State and Territory Branches and 4 Special Interest Branches.

New Horizons is BCA’s national weekly radio program. It is a key communication channel for disseminating information about BCA itself and general information of interest to people who are blind or vision-impaired. The program runs for about fifteen minutes and is broadcast via community radio through the RPH network. It is also available for download as a podcast or from the BCA website.

Why You Should Enter:

  • Get national exposure for your music on multiple radio networks and online
  • receive support from BCA to release your song as a digital single and help BCA raise much-needed funds

Enter as an individual, or get together with a group of friends and have fun writing a song together.

What we are looking for:

An original song, the lyrics or music for which has been written by a person who is blind or vision-impaired. The song does not need to be written specifically for the purpose of this competition and the composers do not have to be the performers.

Judging Criteria:

Make it Relevant:
A song which reminds people about what BCA stands for.

While it doesn’t have to be written specifically for BCA, It does need to contain a theme or message relevant to the work and aspirations of BCA and its members.

Make it Catchy:
A song which captures the attention of listeners. Your song will be played to introduce New Horizons on a weekly basis, so it needs to be memorable and catchy. You should submit a full track, but you may want to identify a short, 30 second extract for the panel to consider. It needs to lend itself to being played as a theme. So a hook or chorus that can be repeated will help your song stand out.

Make it lasting:
BCA last changed the theme of New Horizons almost twenty years ago. So we want your song to stand the test of time and be built to last.

How to Enter:

Send us the following:

  • A copy of your song as an MP3 file. Note that the judges are interested in the quality of the song, not the quality of the production
  • A copy of the lyrics in electronic format
  • A completed application form

Key Dates:

The competition will be launched on 10 October as part of the BCA National Convention in Perth. The closing date for submissions will be Monday, 16 November. The winner will be announced on 3 December as part of International Day of Persons with Disability celebrations. The song will be launched on New Horizons and as a digital single in early 2016.


A judging panel made up of BCA members will assess submissions and select a winner. Feedback will not be provided and judges decisions are final.

Entry Conditions:

Copyright: Creative
copyright remains with the song-writer as the creator of the work and performance copyright with the performers. As a condition of entry, the winner agrees to grant permission to BCA to use the song, in full or in part on New Horizons and elsewhere, (for instance, to introduce BCA internet coverage or other special programs.)

Recording: BCA will work with the winner to ensure the recording and performance is at a reasonable standard.
Proceeds from Digital Release: The winner agrees to donate proceeds from sales of the digital single release to BCA to support the organisation’s work.

Application For:

The application form for A New Theme for New Horizons Competition can be downloaded here: Application form – A New Theme for New Horizons (Word RTF)

Rikki Chaplin
National Advocacy And Policy Officer

Blind Citizens Australia
Level 3, Ross House
247-251 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9654 1400
Fax: 03 9650 3200
Toll free:1800 033 660
Twitter: @au_BCA

New Horizons Program 371

This week on program 371 of New Horizons, Rikki Chaplin speaks with re-elected director of Blind Citizens Australia, Barry Chapman, and with retiring director, Bruce Ind.

The direct link to listen is Listen to program 371

and to download is download program 371

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio program. It can be heard on RPH and community radio stations throughout Australia. Broadcast times and stations are at

New Horizons can also be heard over the Internet from the Blind Citizens Australia web site

And on the Global Voice

New Horizons is produced at the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne. Blind Citizens Australia thanks Vision Australia for their technical Support and for the use of their resources.

You can visit Vision Australia on the web at Vision Australia website