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

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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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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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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
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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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How to… Get Comfortable with the Microphone

It’s you, four walls, a lot of equipment, and a microphone. Push that fader up and that’s your channel open to your listeners, (and possibly the rest of the world!)

In real life you might be the chattiest person all your friends know, but speaking on the radio is a very different matter. And you might be the best at making speeches to crowds of people, but when you’re in a radio studio it can feel like you’re just talking to the walls, even though ironically the real situation is very much the opposite. Continue reading

News Roundup- 10th April

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Community Radio News

Eleven brand new full-time community radio licenses have been awarded by Ofcom.

The new services, each with a five year license, are in south west England and Wales. Congratulations to all, we look forward to hearing them live soon!

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News Roundup- 10th April

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Hospital Radio News

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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