Phyllis Taylor

Hi there, my name’s Phyllis Taylor.

I present every Thursday from 2-5, (although usually I’m joined by Seb!), where I play a mixture of everything from old, slow and relaxing songs to the recent chart topping tracks, as well as, of course, all of your requests.

I originally began my time at Hereford Hospital Radio as a non-broadcasting member, but Pete Trigg then showed me round the studios and it all kicked off from there.

I am an animal lover and am also a motorbike fanatic, and I love watching the Isle of Man TT races. I also enjoy baking and jam making, and regularly bring in cakes for everyone when we all meet up!

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Andy Williams

Andy Williams is one of our longest serving members, having joined the station in the 1980s.

I joined Hereford Hospital Radio in 1984 after leaving the Royal Air Force after six years in service. The shows I have done in the past are the Langford House Request Show on a Saturday morning and a children’s show on a Sunday afternoon, while my current show is on a Thursday night from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm which is a request show. Things I also like doing are going around the wards meeting people from all walks of life and also meeting people when we go out fundraising. This is the best part of being a member of Hereford Hospital Radio.

Other things I have done for Hereford Hospital Radio include being on the committee as the Station Manager and the Personnel Manager.

My current interests outside of Hospital Radio include being on the manager committee of the Herefordshire Junior Football League.

Thanks,
Andy.

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BBC Hereford & Worcester comes live from HHR

Andrew Easton and BBC Hereford & Worcester live from our studios

BBC Hereford & Worcester presenter, Andrew Easton, came back to his roots and broadcast a very special Easter Bank Holiday show from our studios.

Andrew has probably traveled the furthest out of all the BBC Hereford and Worcester presenters team to be with you as he hails from down under – Christchurch, New Zealand in fact!

He arrived in the UK in 1993 and has always had a passionate interest in radio and joined the HHR team which helped him get a foot through the door at BBC Hereford & Worcester in the early 2000’s when Andrew started doing all the other things that no-one else wanted to do.

In April 2011 he came back to where his radio career started, and thanks to the support of the BBC Hereford & Worcester team, did his show live from our studios.

Hereford Hospital Radio on BBC Radio 1

 

The Weekend starts here with Olle Grove – Except here is BBC Radio 1.

Former Friday night presenter Olle Grove represented Hereford Hospital Radio and broadcasted to the whole nation thanks to Greg  James and Feet up Friday on BBC Radio 1.

Olle Tells the HHR website, “I applied for Greg James’ Feet Up Friday show and thanks to Gary Pounder, who works on the show, (and also happens to attend the University of Westminster and doing the same course as me but 2 years above) myself and 3 others on my course were asked to come to the Radio 1 studios to be in the audience! After a lengthy wait and various meet and greets with the producers of the show, we were shown through to the Live Lounge, which happens to be a slightly unmagical control room,where we got to see Trevor Nelson on his 1Xtra show. Just after 1pm we were shown through to the studio where we met Greg James and shared some stories with him. After our introduction on air we stood and sat at the back of the studio and watched everything happen (for a radio geek like myself, it was absolute heaven!). I then got to talking with Greg off air about his background and how he got into radio, he had his own Hospital Radio show when he was teenager and that’s when I got onto the subject of Hereford Hospital Radio which he then mentioned on air! It was so nice to A) have some more air time and B) raise a little awareness worldwide of our radio station. At the end of the show, they collate the whole audiences shout outs for one person to read, now after our chat about my show on a Friday night, Greg spoke the most amazing words I’ve ever heard in my life, “Olle, you’re going to present on Radio 1, you sit in my chair, have my headphones and I’ll produce you.” I cannot describe how excited I was! I did the shout outs and to round the whole experience off, he let me take us out of the show by doing my normal opening link on HHR! We went for a tour of Radio 1 after the show which was extremely interesting and we got to meet the big boss, all of the production teams and all of newsbeat. It was a truly incredible day and one I wont be likely to forget in a very long time.”

HHR wins National Lottery grant

£10,000 lottery award to Hereford Hospital Radio

The local Hospital Radio serving the patients and staff at Hereford’s County Hospital have been successful in obtaining a grant for £10,000 from the Big Lottery fund.
Hereford Hospital Radio is a local charity that has over 40 members, and provides bedside entertainment to patients at the city’s hospital and to those former patients listening at home, via the Internet or via the Hereford Hospital Radio’s recently developed iPhone app.The app for Apple iTunes allows former patients and relations to listen to the radio station wherever they are in the world. It was developed earlier this year. The grant is being used to extend the stations output, by allowing it to attend many local events and broadcast these events live back to patients. Wye Valley NHS Trust is also working with the station to strengthen its output and to find new ways of getting the radio heard across more of the county and into the local community.
Chris Hughes, Chairman, said, “We are delighted that on our first ever application to the National Lottery we have been successful. We are excited that over the coming months we can be broadcasting from events around the county, if anyone has an event they would like us to attend, please email info@hhr.org.uk.“If you would like to know more about HHR, Call 01432 233033.

New advertising posters hit the wards

 

 

HHR has a new poster going up around the County Hospital to help promote the good work our members do.

 

You can view it here – Hospital Radio Poster

Two days of live broadcasting with BCVC

The May Bank Holiday in 2012 saw a first for the Hereford Hospital Radio team with a two-day broadcast from the Border Counties Vintage Club Show in Monmouth.

Thanks to the equipment donated by the 3 Store in Hereford’s High Town and purchased as part of our National Lottery Grant, we were finally able to leave the studio and go out and about.In the newly

painted outside broadcasting studio, nicknamed OB1, we set up for the weekend on Monmouth’s Vauxhall fields, the site of the old Monmouth Showground, as guests of BCVC to bring our listeners the sights and sounds of the show. From vintage tractors and trucks to army vehicles, there was plenty for us to talk about.

Our team of volunteers set up a stall to help raise money with a guess the weight of the chocolate egg competition, which was donated to the Children’s Ward by the lucky winner.

In a full schedule of events ,HHR were able to provide our listeners with a broadcast quality, just as good as from our normal studios at the County Hospital. with live interviews from the organisers of

the event as well as owners of the vehicles and stall holders, all passionate about why they were there.

Sunday breakfast show host, Richy Evans, even got up extra early to make the trip to Monmouth to present his show live from the event, and clearly enjoyed every minute of it.

We must thank all of the team for getting muddy and helping out.

 

HHR celebrates the Queen’s Jubilee


Hereford Hospital Radio had a fantastic but wet day as guests at Northolme Community Centre in Belmont, Hereford as part of the Queen’s Jubilee. With plenty of summer music playing, everyone had a great time. The event was opened by the Hereford Lions at 2pm. We had tea, cakes, games with the children and an egg and spoon race against our friends from Sunshine Radio. There was also a dog show and many stalls. All the children received a jubilee mug which they all loved. A great day out was had by all. A big thank you to Northolme.

HHR get a mention in the Wye Valley Annual Report

HHR were been mentioned in the Wye Valley NHS Annual Report, which read;

Hospital Radio goes global.
Our Hereford Hospital Radio can now be heard by former patients and relatives wherever they are in the world!

Thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, Hereford Hospital Radio has developed an iPhoneapp downloadable from Apple iTunes so you can hear the radio over the internet. It is also extending the station’s listeners by attending and broadcasting many local events back to patients.

You can read the full report by clicking here/

In memory of Adi Andrews

Adi Andrews sadly passed away on October 22 2012.

In the four short years that Adi had been a member of Hereford Hospital Radio we realised he was a diamond volunteer.  He had a natural charm that made our patients feel at ease with him, and was the most excellent communicator on the radio.

Adi used these skills to train other volunteers in the art of being a broadcaster, and he helped and coached many who have gone on to further their careers in broadcasting.

The team at Hereford Hospital Radio will miss him greatly, but we have fond memories to treasure of him; his wit and laughter, the banter we all had on air with him, and the way he put people at ease when they stepped into the studio.

For the many people around the county who attended Adi’s discos at Young Farmers Events or welcomed him along as the DJ on the day they tied the knot, we know Adi would have always ensured everyone had fun and a great evening to remember.

Nikki, Adi’s widow, is also a member at Hereford Hospital Radio and through Adi’s encouragement she has been on air regularly over the last year. All of us at HHR send our condolences to Nikki and her family.

 

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