An Interview with Award-Winning Producer, Ian Pinnell

“There is a lot more to hospital radio other than just pressing play on music and talking through the microphone”

Ian Pinnell is a regular face to be found at Radio Cherwell in Churchill Hospital in Oxford. Programmes Controller, presenter, and most importantly a producer- Ian put together the stations entry for HBA station of the year 2012 and it won the bronze award! And on top of all this, Ian runs his own production and radio imaging company!

With all Ian’s wealth of experience as a producer, we at Community RA+Edio thought we might ask him a few questions about what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ at Hospital Radio and about all the work that goes on whilst the mic faders are down. Continue reading


Guest Post: James Hoggarth

James Hoggarth
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James Hoggarth presents on BBC Radio Humberside every weekday evening and not only that, he’s Head of Music there too. But to climb the professional radio ladder, James started out on Kingstown Radio which broadcasts across hospitals in Hull. So we asked James how hospital radio helped him get where is he today……

” When I joined Kingstown Radio in Hull in 1996 it was with the intention of using it as a stepping stone towards a professional career (ideally with the BBC). Continue reading

The Blues Session: A specialist programme on hospital radio

Most music radio is usually regulated by chart music on playlists but Martin Clarke, a hospital radio volunteer on Radio Wey, is doing things a little differently.

The outside of Radio Wey at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey
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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
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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.
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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

Sony Radio Academy Awards 2012- Announcement

With the IRN News Award winners announced today, Radio award season is in full swing.

Now, THIS FRIDAY, it’s time for one of the most esteemed events in the radio calendar- the Sony Radio Academy Awards. They’re open to any station with an OFCOM licence, including all Community, Hospital and Student radio stations. We’re excited to see some of the hard work of volunteers around the UK being rewarded.

We’re especially look forward to the Station of the Year (300,000 and under) category, which stations like KCC Live were nominated for in 2011.

We are going to be LIVE BLOGGING AND TWEETING as the nominations are revealed on Friday from 1:30pm.

You can sign up for a reminder and catch all the excitement on our new live blog here!

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Are you hoping for a nomination? What will it mean for you? If you’re a community, hospital or even student radio station excited about Friday’s announcements—get in touch with us we’d love to hear from you! Tweet us, comment on this post, or email us.

“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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