News Roundup- 28th April

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Birmingham Hospital Radio has its own diamond jubilee

It has been broadcasting across major hospitals in the city for 60 years now.

They are celebrating with an anniversary ball on May the 19th where past and present members and presenters will be gathering.

The station are also in the difficult process of moving studios- they are about to sign a lease to take over an old Operating Theatre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

To find out more about their 60th celebrations go to their website

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News Roundup- 17th April

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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- 10th April

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A Nantwich station has helped raise funds for a neonatal unit. 

RedShift Radio organised an Easter Family Fun Day at the Nantwich Jazz Festival this Easter Monday. The event was held to raise funds for a new intensive care unit for Mid Chesire Hospitals.

It is in aid of the One in Eleven Appeal, who are fundraising to build the facilities, a cause they say is close to many people’s hearts.

The event included an Easter Egg hunt, face painting, and live music in order to gather support.

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The Hospital Radio Awards 2012….. 24 hours on

This time yesterday on the 31st of March 2012, in a hotel in Northampton, the winners of the Hospital Broadcasting Association Awards 2012 were announced.

From the people or programmes shortlisted in each of the 8 categories, a bronze, silver and gold winner was announced as well the special John Whitney Award and the HBA Volunteer of the Year. Community RA+Edio was keeping a keen eye on the proceedings and talking to some of the evenings attendees so we thought we’d let you know some of our top feedback so far from the evening. Continue reading

News Roundup- 15th March

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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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News Roundup- 8th March

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Radio 590 Peterborough have taken a theatrical leap.

Patients of Peterbrough City Hospital have been treated to a live performance of Oscar Wilde’s comedy play The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Peterborough Mask Theatre group were on air for two hours to entertain, using household items to create realistic sound effects such as cat litter and sugar cubes. Radio 590 estimate that hundreds of patients tuned in to hear the broadcast. Carolyn English, one of the actors, said “I know if I was lying in bed in hospital that The Importance of Being Earnest is the sort of thing I would want to listen to”.

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News Roundup- 26th February

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Withybush Hospital Radio will stop broadcasting on FM this week

The station which launched in 1978 has been broadcasting on 87.7 fm since 1999 but they can no longer afford the increasing fees needed to transmit on an FM frequency.

Instead it will revert to the hospitals hard-wired system which only works in a few wards of the hospital in Pembrokeshire.

A statement by the station says they hope to provide their service through web streaming soon. They also say the loss of FM broadcasting means the station will need to be rebranded.

Are increasing licence fees affecting the ability of your station to broadcast on FM? If so we want to hear your story. Get in touch with us via our contact page. Continue reading