Radio Maelor: The Changing Face of Hospital Radio

Radio Maelor in Wrexham has been broadcasting to the patients of Maelor Hospital since 1979 when it was started by the Hospital’s League of Friends. Yet, despite thirty-three years of broadcasting, the station has had a bit of an image change in the last twelve months. Radio Maelor is the latest station to be featured in The Changing Face of Hospital Radio section of Community RA+Edio.

Catherine Ollier, Wednesday night presenter, 8pm, Join Our Club
All images in the article used with the permission of Catherine Ollier

Catherine Ollier has been working at Radio Maelor since she was 19 years old and presents the Join Our Club programme. In 2010 she was awarded a certificate from the Hospital Broadcasting Association for fifteen years of service to the station. She told Community RA+Edio about how the station has been changing its image.

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Radio Allerton: The Changing Face of Hospital Radio

Radio Allerton in Leeds is this week’s hospital radio station to be profiled in The Changing Face of Hospital Radio section on Community RA+Edio.

The station began broadcasting at 10am on Saturday 11th March 1978 and has been serving the patients of Chapel Allerton Hospital ever since.However, it has not always been smooth over the past thirty-four years.

Radio Allerton’s Chairman, Francis Klonowski told Community RA+Edio about the station’s broadcasting journey. 

Francis Klonowski, Radio Allerton Chairman.
All images in this article used with the permission of Francis Klonowski

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Community Radio reaches more adults than ever before

1.3 million more people than last year can now enjoy the services of their local community radio station.

The latest Ofcom report on community radio shows that the stations are reaching more adults across the UK than ever before. It is estimated that 10.5 million adults are now able to receive the community radio station aimed at them. This is a 1.3 million increase on last year.


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News Roundup- 17th April

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Hospital Radio News

Radio Freeway in South Wales was flooded by chocolate this Easter as members of the public made Easter special for the young patients at Morriston Hospital.

Craig Astley, a DJ on the station, had been hoping for about 60 Easter eggs when he launched the appeal. Instead almost 200 eggs were donated!

The eggs were given to children in Oakwood and Dyfed wards at Morriston Hospital and to the Welsh Dragons Burns Club Easter egg hunt on Pendine sands.

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News Roundup- 17th April

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Community Radio News

The Welsh Government has invested £100,000 into local radio stations across Wales to help them continue to play a valuable role in their communities.

Eight community radio stations were chosen for their commitment to the communities they serve. They were assessed in a number of areas, including; promoting training and social enterprise for excluded and vulnerable people, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and strengthening cultural and linguistic identity.

The eight radio stations that were awarded grants are:

* GTFM in Pontypridd will receive £16,000
* BRFM in Blaenau Gwent will receive £16,500
* Tudno FM in Llandudno will receive £13,400
* Point FM in Rhyl will receive £10,000
* Calon FM in Wrexham will receive £18,000
* Radio Cardiff will receive £5,500
* Tircoed will receive £5,500
* Bro Radio in the Vale of Glamorgan will receive £15,000.

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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.

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Radio Maelor spreads Easter joy in April Sunshine

Presenter and secretary of Radio Maelor, Catherine Ollier, has brought Easter joy to the town of Wrexham in North Wales with the Easter Egg Appeal.

The Appeal was for the pupils at St Christopher’s School and young patients at Maelor Hospital in Wrexham. Nine people took part this year to organise the enormous number of eggs.

Radio Maelor delivering Easter eggs to St Christopher’s school.
Image used with permission of Catherine Ollier.

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“Not just a bit shocked, a lot shocked!” Mandy Morrow

Charli from Community RA+Edio went to visit Mandy Morrow at Radio Wey.

Mandy has been nominated in the Female Presenter of the Year category at the National Hospital Radio awards. She has worked at Radio Wey for four years and fresh from presenting her Friday Brunchtime Breakfast show, she sat down to share her invaluable expertise with me.

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News Roundup- 15th March

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Hospital Radio News

The Hospital Broadcasting Association are launching Hospital Broadcasting Week 2012, which will celebrate the good work of Hospital Radio volunteers across the UK.

It will be launched on Saturday March 31st as part of the HBA Conference Weekend in Northampton and it’ll run for nine days, taking in the Easter Weekend, so the “week” won’t officially end until Easter Monday, April the 9th.

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