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Volunteers sought for Radio Royal at Bradford Royal Infirmary
8:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A hospital radio station is looking for volunteers on the same wavelength to help keep patients entertained.
Radio Royal, which broadcasts daily from Bradford Royal Infirmary, is hoping to hear from people wanting to get involved at the station with a few hours to spare each week.
Around 1,000 patients tune in every day to help pass time on the wards.
The station, run and supported by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is on-air 24 hours a day, but only a quarter of the output is presented live at the moment – the rest is pre-recorded.
Programmes are mainly music with recorded voice links, but also include short stories, children’s and religious programmes as well as request shows.
Now the station is keen to increase its live shows.
A team of 10 volunteers works behind the mics at the moment, with opportunities for potential presenters, producers, sports reporters, engineers, technicians and fundraisers to join them.
Training will be given and volunteers will be expected to learn how to record their show, says Radio Royal chairman George Sumner, who is hoping media students in the city might be interested too.
He added: “Becoming a hospital radio volunteer is an excellent opportunity to give something back to the community.
“Patients enjoy listening to our station and we are always open to new ideas for radio programmes which can extend our schedule.
“A love or interest in radio or broadcasting is also vital, so please get in touch as we have a variety of roles available.”
One of the current volunteers is Chris Fisher, who has been at Radio Royal for five years. He said: “Hospital radio helps people to feel a little better and makes the time spent recuperating go that little bit faster. It’s also very rewarding to meet new people and to think that you might have been part of helping to brighten up their day.”
To find out more about becoming a volunteer at Radio Royal, contact (01274) 364917 or log on to the website radioroyal.co.uk.