The Big Broadcast: a 27 hour marathon broadcast

Hospital volunteer Richard Smith has set himself a big challenge for the May bank holiday weekend. He is going to be doing a 27 hour marathon broadcast from his studio at his home in Lancashire.

Richard Smith
Image used with permission of Richard Smith

Richard told Community RA+Edio how the Big Broadcast is going to be reaching 10,000 listeners all across the UK.

And how is Richard going to stay awake for 27 hours? Well, he told me that “he wasn’t quite sure, perhaps an uncomfortable studio chair or plenty of coffee!”

The Big Broadcast may be being broadcast from Richard’s home, but Richard told me how hospital radios across the country are getting involved in the project.

The May bank holiday broadcast is very exciting because it is the first time an event will have been covered on such a large scale on hospital radio. Will the Big Broadcast have an impact on how hospital radios operate in the future?

Coming up with innovative ideas for hospital radio is not new to Richard. He has thirty years of experience in the medium, having started his hospital radio career in the early 1980s at Nottingham Hospitals Radio. He then went on to launch Radio Robin in Derbyshire in 1995 and when a serious road traffic accident in the early 2000s left his future employment prospects looking bleak, Richard began producing some generic radio programmes.

The logo for The A to Z of pop!
Image used with permission of Richard Smith

He started making programmes called The A to Z of Pop in 2004 at a time when many radio stations had begun broadcasting 24/7 thanks to computer playout software. The free programmes seem to have filled a need.

Community RA+Edio wish Richard good luck for the 27 hour broadcast on the 6th May! If you’re a hospital radio volunteer and you want to know more about either project, do take a look at Richard’s website.

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