Hare­field Ra­dio back af­ter two-year break

Hos­pi­tal ser­vice re­turns with pur­pose-built stu­dio

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Nathan Spen­de­low ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

ONE OF the longestrun­ning hos­pi­tal ra­dio sta­tions in the coun­try is back on the air af­ter a two-year hia­tus.

Hare­field Ra­dio, pro­vid­ing high qual­ity ra­dio en­ter­tain­ment to pa­tients and staff in Hare­field Hos­pi­tal, has just opened its new pur­pose­built ra­dio suite.

The sta­tion presents mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment shows along with in­ter­views on a reg­u­lar ba­sis thanks to a small, ded­i­cated team of vol­un­teers.

“We stopped broad­cast­ing be­cause we needed a new stu­dio,” said sta­tion man­ager Cliff Green.

The ra­dio sta­tion started broad­cast­ing again last week, af­ter a two-year hia­tus in or­der to cre­ate a new stu­dio for the team.

“We’ve got all new equip­ment now with mod­ern com­put­ers and it’s all thanks to do­na­tions and sup­port from the hos­pi­tal, Waitrose and the coun­cil.”

Hare­field Ra­dio started broad­cast­ing in 1962, mak­ing it one of the long­est-run­ning hos­pi­tal ra­dio sta­tions in the coun­try. It was the very first hos­pi­tal ra­dio sta­tion in the UK to broad­cast on FM and pro­vide a 24-houra-day ser­vice to pa­tients and staff.

Over the many years of broad­cast­ing, the ra­dio sta­tion has in­ter­viewed guests such as Ron­nie Barker, Alan Ded­di­cote and the late Eric More­combe.

Mr Green said: “I’ve worked for the sta­tion for sev­eral decades now. It’s all vol­un­teer-run.”

The ra­dio sta­tion is al­ways ask­ing for do­na­tions no mat­ter how big or small, to help keep this cru­cial ser­vice run­ning.

“We are in need of vi­tal equip­ment to keep us go­ing but also we could do with vol­un­teers for roles like pre­sen­ters, li­brar­i­ans and clean­ers along with a host of back­ground staff,” Mr Green added.

If you would like to help keep this vi­tal ser­vice run­ning, email sta­tion man­ager Cliff Green at cliff@hare­fiel­d­ra­dio.org. uk.

n ‘WE’RE BACK’: Sta­tion man­ager Cliff Green

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