After a two-year break, popular Sunday night talk radio program Open House returns, with new host – Stephen O’Doherty
Commencing Sunday March 26, Open House returns with a new host, but a similar 3 hour conversational format embracing all things life, faith and hope.
The initial live broadcast will begin on Hope 103.2 Sydney and 96five Brisbane, with the program being made available to all CMAA stations from early May.
Host Stephen O’Doherty steps into the new role bringing a wealth of experience in radio journalism, politics, governance and Christian media as a whole.
Stephen explains the perspective the Open House program will take is one where they’ll be, “looking for a truth that’s greater than our own society and culture, a truth about what God wants for us as people He made in his image. What God wants for us as a society that flourishes, gives honour and glory to Him.”
“Any issue is on the table. Open House is exactly that – ‘open’. One of the things that the show has always been very good at, and which I’m keen on, especially given my background in media and politics, is the idea that every subject is one we ought to be able to analyse from a Christian perspective. You’ll hear perspectives on Open House that you won’t hear on other media; a different way of looking at things,” says Stephen.
From early May, the program will be available for CMAA stations to take up in a very ‘self-contained’ format. The plan is to provide a feed of the show that will carry a set number of sponsorship breaks per hour that will have embedded CSAs along with a National Sponsor. This will allow stations to take the program for the full 3 hours without the need for a panel operator.
The Open House program aims to fill a large space that is currently missing in the media landscape. It will provide an opportunity to have conversations that aren’t happening anywhere else – that can go to a different place. Stephen will be asking the questions that other media aren’t asking, with the aim of being a life changing, culture shaping influence on our community.
CMAA’s CEO Nathan Brown welcomed the return of Open House due to it’s ability to provide members with additional live Australian content, particularly those stations in smaller and remote communities. “These sorts of initiatives by our larger members really promote the ability of local and isolated communities to be involved and connected to national conversations that are part of shaping society and culture,” said Nathan.
To send through story ideas – please email Open House Producer – Anne.
To find out more about taking the Open House program on your station – please email Dwayne Jeffries.