Celebrating 1500 ‘Voice of Nor Serount’ Armenian Programs
On 20 August 2017, 2RRR – Ryde Regional Radio – 88.5FM will acknowledge a significant milestone and community programming achievement by celebrating the 1500th consecutive radio show of the ethnic language program broadcast in the Armenian language as “Voice of Nor Serount” (means voice of the new generation).
Under the auspices and support of the local Armenian Nor Serount Cultural Society, the Armenian radio program on 2RRR is the longest running program on the station. It’s hard to believe that it started from humble beginnings back in November 1988, founded by Vatche Demirjian and have served the Australian-Armenian community continuously for three decades. You can follow the program on their Facebook page – Voice of Nor Serount Armenian Radio.
The show holds an important place within the local Armenian community, and can be heard throughout Sydney on 88.5FM and has a strong listener base globally through live streaming over the internet on http://2rrr.org.au
Locals Toros Boyadjian and Vatche Topouzian broadcast the “Voice of Nor Serount” from the station’s Henley Cottage headquarters (near Gladesville) on Victoria Road every Sunday between 7pm and 9pm AEST.
The weekly 2 hour program provides a comprehensive summary of the week’s news (local, Armenian & International content); sports & finance updates; health & well-being segment; community information; live interviews with local & international artists & guests; and the best Armenian music library consisting of modern hits and golden oldies.
The program has interviewed several Australian political dignitaries in recent times such as – Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Philip Ruddock, Joe Hockey, Bob Carr, John Alexander, Maxine McKew, John Watkins, Peter Collins, Kristina Keneally, Gladys Berejiklian and Trent Zimmerman.
Over the past three decades, Australia has had the following eight Prime Ministers: Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.
During this period, we have also reported on the following Summer Olympic Games – Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, UK 2012 and Brazil 2016.
Meanwhile, we have covered the following major world news events on radio:
1990’s: The Berlin Wall falls; Chinese troops kill 800 protestors in Tiananmen Square; After serving 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela is released; Iraqi troops invade Kuwait, marking the beginning of the Gulf War; the World Wide Web is invented; the Soviet Union is dissolved; European Union is established; Apartheid ends in South Africa; Nelson Mandela becomes South Africa’s first black president; O.J. Simpson is found not guilty of the murder of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman; Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed are killed in a car crash in Paris; Google is founded; the Euro is introduced as a new currency to global financial markets.
2000’s: Al-Qaeda terrorists hijack 4 commercial airliners en route to Los Angeles and San Francisco. American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 are flown into the World Trade Centre’s Twin Towers in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 is flown into the Pentagon in Washington; The United States invades Afghanistan; Enron files for bankruptcy; U.S. and allied forces invade Iraq, beginning the Iraq War; Facebook is founded; 230,000 people in 14 countries are killed in the Boxing Day Tsunami; Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death by hanging; Stock markets around the world crash amid growing fears of a global recession; Michael Jackson dies of a heart attack; Pope John Paul II dies; Barack Obama is elected as the first African-American president of the USA;
2010’s: WikiLeaks published sensitive government data; 2000 die in Pakistan floods; Greek debt crisis unfolds; Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris; US Supreme Court legalises same-sex marriage; China’s share market crashes; Flight MH370 disappears from KL to Beijing; China ends one-child policy; Terror in Paris; 14 killed in San Bernardino mass shooting in California; Global centenary commemoration of the Armenian Genocide; War in Syria; Global refugee crisis; UK votes to BREXIT from EU; Reality TV host and businessman Donald Trump becomes 45th President of the USA.
Over the past 30 years, we have presented many global news events and headlines and seen many people come and go…however, the “Voice of Nor Serount” Armenian radio program has remained steadfast in serving the growing local community…we are still standing strong!