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
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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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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

News Roundup- 28th April


Hospital Radio News

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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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.
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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……

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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


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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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.
Image used with permission of Catherine Ollier.

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News Roundup- 10th April


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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