When I lived in Rugby many a time I would go to St. Cross Hospital by invitation of the Hospital Radio staff. It’s in an out of the place room that had been built up by amateur enthusiasts. It’s been run by them for over forty years now. What made them so good was you could hear a personal message only collected by staff minutes ago on one of the wards. It had the ‘personal touch’ so to speak. It was also a great way for people to get into mainstream radio broadcasting, be it as a disc jockey or behind the scenes in the production side of things.
Sadly today with advent of personal MP3 players the self funding radio stations are fighting to stay in existence. People no longer need to hear the music supplied by them but have on tap a collection from the patients own catalogue. I do hope such institutes do remain as many of today’s top DJ’s wouldn’t be heard on our radios. So if you’re visiting a friend or relative in hospital, check out if it has its own station and if it does make a request or a donation please. For more on this Click here.