What a Year in Hopeland! The 33 Big Highlights of 2019 at Hope 103.2 - Hope 103.2

What a Year in Hopeland! The 33 Big Highlights of 2019 at Hope 103.2

2019 has been one amazing year at Hope, with new arrivals including a newborn babe, and community appeals that have changed thousands of lives...

By Clare BruceThursday 19 Dec 2019Station NewsReading Time: 5 minutes

It’s been an amazing year at Hope 103.2, aka ‘Hopeland’….with big events, new arrivals (including a newborn babe), a 40th anniversary, some amazing new content initiatives launched, and thousands of people helped through our community appeals. What a ride it’s been… Thank you for being part of it!

We hosted For King and Country at the Opera House…


…Sam and Duncan appeared on tellie…

Sam and Duncan in the Spotlight on TV Gameshow, ‘Pointless’
Sam and Duncan on Pointless
Brekky hosts Sam and Duncan will have their general knowledge and pop-culture savvy put to the test tonight, when they appear as contestants on the Channel 10 gameshow, Pointless. Read More

…and launched their ‘singing careers’ ? with Dami Im! 

Dami Im (and Sam & Duncan!) Sing to a Packed House at Castle Hill
Sam and Duncan with Dami Im
Armed with their kangaroo and koala onesies and their best Katy Perry voices, Sam and Duncan joined Dami Im for a song on Saturday night. Read More

Laura launched her Powerlunch Podcast…

Power Lunch with Laura — A Hope Media Podcast
Laura Bennett Power Lunch
Each week Laura Bennett interviews culture makers and thinkers who will help us to shape our daily lives with intention. Read More

Graham became the voice of Nights, and David ‘Esky’ Esquen became the new voice of FRESH!

FRESH with David ‘Esky’ Esquen, Saturday nights
David Esquen Hope 103.2 Nights Presenter
FRESH – playing the best new music discoveries and next generation of Christian artists, Saturday nights from 10pm, or 24/7 online & on the Hope Media app. Read More

Ally returned to Brekky, Georgia joined you for your Weekends, while JD & Mel dropped by on Fridays…


Meanwhile Emma moved to Miami – but kept in touch!

“Mama Miami”…The Adventures of Emma Mullings, Pastor, Singer and Mum-of-4, in Miami, USA
Each week, former Hope announcer Emma Mullings phones in from Miami, USA, to share the ups, downs, and adventures of starting life in a whole new culture. Read More

Our special podcast, “How in God’s Name Should I Vote”, helped you think about the 2019 Federal election…

How in God’s Name Should I Vote? Podcast Now Available
How in God's Name Should I Vote
With a federal election upon us, it’s time to ask, How in God’s name do I vote? Join host Andrew Palmer and a swag of guests as we explore the importance of your vote and the role of faith in politics. Read More

We celebrated Hope 103.2’s 40th anniversary…

The Fascinating Timeline of Hope 103.2 — Celebrating 40 Years
Hope 103.2 40th Birthday
40 years ago, 2CBA made its first-ever broadcast of what is today known as Sydney’s beloved Hope 103.2. This year we celebrate four decades of ministry. Read More

…made lots of new friends over at Hillsong Conference…

Meeting Fans and New Friends of Hope 103.2 at Hillsong Conference
Sam and Duncan at Hillsong Conference
The Hope 103.2 crew has had a blast this week meeting fans and friends of “Hopeland” at our stand at Hillsong Conference at Sydney Olympic Park. Read More

…began streaming Hope and Inspire on iHeartRadio…

Hope 103.2 and Inspire Digital Emerge onto the iHeartRadio App
Hope 1032 on iHeart radio
It was a historic moment for Hope 103.2 and Inspire Digital this week, when the two radio stations became available on the radio streaming app, iHeartRadio. Read More

…popped up on the backs of Sydney buses…

Look Out For Hope 103.2’s Bold Bus Backs — All Thanks to Our Supporters!
bus backs hope 1032
Music. News. Jesus. They’re the three words the Hope team have carefully chosen to be on the back of hundreds of public buses that will be travelling around Sydney until January. Read More

…hosted movie nights…

…welcomed our first ever News Director, Anita Savage…

Lifting The Lid on Journalism: A Chat with Hope 103.2’s News Editor, Anita Savage [Audio]
Anita Savage, former ABC journalist and Hope 103.2’s news director, lifts the lid on journalism, and the story she worked on that’s impacted her most. Read More

…and launched the Hope 103.2 Newsroom!

Sydney’s Newest Radio News Service is Launched on Hope 103.2
Hope 103.2 News Team
In a tough media landscape, Hope Media is excited to officially launch Sydney’s latest radio news service with top journalists Anita Savage and Sarah Wiedersehn, broadcasting hourly news bulletins Monday to Friday. Read More

Katrina won an award…

Children’s Author Katrina Roe Can Now Add “Award-Winning” To Her Name
Katrina Roe Childrens Author
In what is a career high for any author, Hope Mornings announcer Katrina Roe has won a national prize for her latest book, ‘Lily’s Balloon’.

Erin had a baby…

Erin La Macchia and Family Besotted With New Baby Boy, Hugo
Erin La Macchia and family
Erin La Macchia of Hope Drive fame has announced the birth of her third child: a healthy little boy named Hugo Concetto La Macchia.

…and wrote a song for her co-host, Ray!

Erin La Macchia’s Musical Tribute to Drive Co-host, Ray Kington
As she heads off on maternity leave, Erin has farewelled her Hope Drive co-host Ray Kington in style, paying musical homage to his many passions and quirks.

We spoke with some really special people…

Including swimmer Libby Trickett, Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch, worship artist Brooke Ligertwood Fraser, evangelist Franklin Graham, singer Stan Walker and entertainer Lucy Durack – to name a few! (Click the pics to read more!)

Libby Trickett Beneath the Surface Brian Head Welch Korn Loud Krazy LoveBrooke Fraser Hillsong Franklin Graham interview Hope 1032 Stan WalkerLucy Durack


Our fave kid’s singer Colin dropped in to do a little tune…

Colin Buchanan Sings ‘Dad Jokes’ Live for Hope Brekky’s Sam & Duncan
Colin Buchanan sings his hilarious little ditty, Dad Jokes (are Bad Jokes) for all the Dads and Dad-figures of ‘Hopeland’, aka the Hope 103.2 audience. Read More

…and so did the amazing Janice and Sonia of Jayesslee!

Youtube Pop Sensations Jayesslee’s Acoustic Cover of ‘This is Me’ – Live in the Hope Studios
Youtube popsters Jayesslee came into the Hope studios to chat to Sam & Duncan and sing us their acoustic cover of ‘The Greatest Showman’ hit, ‘This is Me’. Read More

Our listeners (you!) donated over 16,000 Socks & Jocks…

An Avalanche of Generosity Brings in Over 16,000 Socks, Jocks & More for People in Crisis
It’s practically an avalanche—more than 16,000 items of clothing and hygiene products have been donated to the Socks & Jocks appeal for people in crisis.

…gave sight to more than 8,000 people on Miracles Day…

You Gave Over 8,000 Miracles: Thankyou, Hopeland!
From the bottom of our hearts, Sam and Duncan and the rest of the Hope team say THANKYOU to those who supported Miracles Day 2019. Read More

…filled hundreds of shoeboxes with Christmas gifts…

Pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox to Send a Message of Hope
To spread the word and get as many Operation Christmas Child boxes packed as possible, we’re on the hunt for some ‘I’ll-pack-a’ Van with Hope Ambassadors! Read More

…and sent over 500 kids to youth camps!

Thankyou, Hopeland, for Sending 536 Kids to Camp!
When we launched Kids to Camp this year, we had no idea just how generous our listeners would be… Read More

You helped keep Hope on the air, in two great appeals…

…we paused to pray for our city in the bushfire crisis…

A Bushfire Crisis Made This Our Most Unusual Hope Appeal Ever—Phillip Randall Says Thank You
After Hope suspended its Appeal to spend a day praying and sharing messages of support, listeners rallied for one last day of fundraising.

… and gave you something amazing to look forward to: Rend Collective in 2020!

Rend Collective Live in Sydney – February 2020!
The Northern Irish modern worship, folk-rock band, Rend Collective, is headed to Sydney in February 2020 and we’ve got your exclusive tickets. Read More