Today the BBC News Magazine is asking: Whatever happened to hospital radio? It questions the future of a charitable broadcasting service that is very close to my heart.
What is Hospital Radio?
Firstly, a little background for my friends outside the United Kingdom. Hospital Radio is a set of local and individually run radio stations that broadcast to patients during a stay in hospital. Run entirely by volunteers and reliant on fund raising and generous donations the idea is to make a stay in hospital that little more pleasant with a full service radio station that will play requests and dedications for all. Many talented broadcasters started their career at a hospital radio station and it is a brilliant training ground for radio presenters who would like to work in radio full time.
The Future of Hospital Radio
It’s a sad truth of the present time that hospital radio stations are suffering as people bring their mp3 players, laptops and other media technologies in to hospital with them. I’m writing this article to raise awareness of what hospital radio stands for as I started my career at a hospital radio station and I believe they provide a much loved service.