The HHR team in the studio

As a charity run fully by volunteers, it can be difficult to get everyone together. However, that is exactly what happened on 10th August 2013 when the Hereford Hospital Radio team all came together to give the studio a good tidy up and sort out some items which will soon be for sale, including CDs and studio equipment.

So what does it take to be a Hereford Hospital Radio volunteer? Well it’s pretty basic: you just have to have passion and be able to be part of a good team. As a hospital radio station, not only do we have to operate a radio station that broadcasts 24 hours a day, but also raise funds, interact with patients and be part of the wider community.

So what did happen on our tidy up day? Want to take a sneaky peek?

If you think you have what it takes to be part of the team, or just want some more information, click here to find out more.


Hereford Clocks Up 40 Years with On Air Magazine

George Burton 1992It was during a hospital stay in 1972 that a young 20-year-old Dave Heggie asked questions of the then hospital administration as to why the tubes on his bedside didn’t have any music playing. It seems that the hospital had paid for the investment in the wards but didn’t have any equipment.

Therefore, a young Dave approached the local Lions Club and Roy Romerill at the Herefordshire County Youth Service, and Hospital Radio started.

Over the years, the service has extended to local hospitals in Leominster and Ross-on-Wye and to a number of old people’s homes via a BT landline. The Lions continued to be actively involved during the 1980s and provided the landline, the commentary box and the commentators at Edgar Street, where local side Hereford United play. It was during this time that an unknown George and Myra Burton joined HHR and, despite spedning most of their time in Hereford, found the time to become actively involved in NAHBO (the Hospital Broadcast Association’s former name).

CMH with Ron WilliamsGeorge and Myra became well known around the UK, where they visited many stations and became the figureheads of hospital radio. I only joined hospital radio in 1991, after my Nana stayed in Hereford and I thought my love of music together with my knack of burning my skin with my soldering iron might come in handy! Some of you who know that smell!

My first trip to the studios found me underneath a Partridge desk within an hour and a few hours later, Studio 2 was back up and running. Since that time, we have managed to obtain over £35k in funding and have replaced the studios and upgraded to make our service more reliable and
easier to use.

Over the last 40 years, Hospital Radio in Hereford has continued to grow although the audio lines to Leominster and Ross and the old people’s homes have gone due to the increase in BT charges. However, it has an active membership and works with many organisations throughout the county to help it raise money to stay on air and entertain patients at the County Hospital.

For the last three years, thanks to some help from the Hereford Lions Club – – the station has broadcast on the internet, allowing patients who are awaiting surgery to continue listening in via their internet radio, iPhone or computer.

Just over two years ago, thanks to On Air, we acquired the old Outside Broadcast caravan from Hospital Radio and we have had it sealed and resprayed and it is now our OB unit that we take to many local outdoor events. About a year ago, I sat at my kitchen table and completed an application for the National Lottery; this was our first application and if I’m honest, it only took 45 minutes but within eight weeks, £10k was in our account and we spent this money with the guys at Vortex for some Comrex Access Hardware. I have to suggest if you are thinking of the Comrex solution, take advantage of their ‘have an OB on us deal’. They will supply the hardware and Sim card for you to try. It was a lot of money to bid for so you need to make sure it does what it says on the tin! Last October, our award was mentioned during the Saturday Night Lottery Show (link is on our website). We have used this many times over the year and managed to get the local ‘Three’ store to donate a year’s data SIM card, for a small sponsored message when we do our outside broadcasts.

Studio 1 - On Air 142

It is right for me to mention Kidderminster Hospital Radio at this point, as for many years prior to my arrival in Hereford as engineer, an Andy Page from KHR was encouraged by George (he had a knack of that) to help out in 1992 in fixing the HHR studios.

It was soon after my first NAHBO conference in Northampton when George introduced me to the team from KHR, that Hereford and Kidderminster started to share some of their equipment to broaden the programming to its own patients. It also helped that I was Chairman of Hereford, and was courting their Chairman! Those were great times!

Some of you may not be aware that Kidderminster HR over the last couple of years has struggled in getting itself back on air, due to changes in healthcare in North Worcestershire and in 2012, the station closed. However, there is some good news. Hereford was offered by the trustees of KHR the assets of the station and we have now merged these with our own and I’m pleased to say that KHR continues to help patients at our hospital. We have a number of items that we are looking to sell, so if you would like to make a bid please let me know, at

Items include a Sonifex S1 Desk, a Denon CD and some Mini Disc Players mounted in wooden pods together with a number of Technics 1210s decks and many other items.

HHR at wyevaleOver the first weekend in December 2012, we celebrated our 40 years by holding a non-stop 40 hour broadcast. Our first hour was actually a simicast with the local BBC Station Hereford & Worcester. We used the Comrex Access hardware to link our studios and publicised our work and even played requests for our patients at the County Hospital. The local papers helped us get in touch with former members who came to the studios on the Saturday. We were very pleased to receive congratulations from Graham Burton, George and Myra’s son, and delighted that Dave Heggie, one of our founders, joined us at the studios and participated in our broadcast. I have to thank John Myers who joined us via telephone during the day. He shared his thoughts with us on the past of Hospital Radio and where it will be in the future. This has given the team in Hereford a great boost to the work we do.

Thanks Team!

One final note, in the 2013 Wye Valley NHS Trust Annual Report, our work was recognised and we had a small article about our work and a photo of some of our presenters in the studios. We know that our work at the hospital is valued and this recognition formally helps us to open doors.

Hereford Hospital Radio is in a great place and I’m proud and privileged to be their Chairman. Looking towards the future, the Trust directors are asking us to deploy Barix decoders at other Hospital Trust locations so they can listen to our output. They are, of course, fully  responsible for any PPL/PRS fees that maybe required.
Chris Hughes, Chairman.

Download a copy here On Air Issue 142

Non-broadcasting members

Hereford Hospital Radio could not stay on air without the help and support of our non-broadcasting members. These people are the backbone of the organisation. They help with the website, fundraising, keeping the studios working or by providing their feedback to help us keep the station on the right track.

So a big thank you to the following people who all help make Hereford Hospital Radio what it is:

Jesse Norman MP, Graham Burton, Michael Dando, Veronica Cook, Roy Davies, Sarah OrmeLynda Trigg and, last but by no means least, Susan Bailey.

Pete Trigg

I’ve been with Hereford Hospital Radio for a few years now and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

You can listen to me every Monday evening between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. I play all kinds of great music and regular listeners will know that I’m a big ABBA fan. Also on the show I hold a pop quiz and give a run down of the latest charts.

Behind every good man is a great womanm and you can hear my wife Lynda have her say on her favourite TV shows and other pop and news trivia during the show.

So join in and have a listen, send us a request and help us to bring you the songs you love from the people you know.

The painting crew take a break.

The painting crew take a break.


Nikki Andrews

Hi, I’m Nikki. I’m not a presenter at Hereford Hospital Radio but I seem to be able to sneak in on quite a few shows with my funny stories and my husband used to let me have my five minutes of fame on the Saturday breakfast show. I try to help out with fundraising as much as I can and I make a lot of tea and coffee for everyone in the studios.

I was very ill and spent a lot of time in hospitals listening to various different hospital radios, and I am proud to be able to help out as I enjoyed the company of them in lots of different hospitals and I think that people giving their time for free in the hope of cheering others up is fantastic in this day and age.

Keep on sounding great Hereford Hospital Radio!

Peter Orme

Hi, my name is Peter Orme.

Following seven years presenting a Sunday afternoon show at the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot, I moved to Herefordshire and joined Hereford Hospital Radio in 1990. I originally presented the Sunday Supplement for three hours on a Sunday morning from 1990 to 2000. Changing circumstances meant that I had to give up presenting a weekly show but was still able to continue my involvement as a committee member and help out with fundraising and other activities.

However, due to subsequent changes in my work, I am now in the happy position of being able to present a two hour show on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am. I have always been very interested in musical shows and films so I feature tracks from these each week together with some comedy and my weekly brain teaser. I call the show the Thursday Brunch and the aim is to fill the gap between breakfast and lunch.


PO CMH Interview Dave Heggie Peter and Chris Hughes interview Dave Heggie

We have Dave Heggie to thank for starting Hereford Hospital Radio. While a patient at the hospital during the early 1970’s and seeing the old tube headphones on the wall but nothing coming out of them, he decided to push to get Hereford’s own hospital radio station.

Ian Bailey

I joined Hereford Hospital Radio in June 2010 , despite having no previous experience as a DJ. I quickly learnt the ropes from the excellent training I gained from the team of DJs at the studio.

I am Hereford born’n’bred and currently work for one of the counties biggest employers.  I enjoy most sports (playing golf , skittles & snooker) but I love football supporting Hereford Ian Bailey
FC & Tottenham Hotspur. I enjoy most types of music but my all time favourites are Queen, Oasis, the Stereophonics & the Kaiser Chiefs.

I now present the Tuesday Night Request Show from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm where I play a wide selection of music from the 1960’s to the present day while trying to have fun along the way.


Chris Hughes

Chris joined Hereford Hospital Radio in 1991, popped into the studio to meet the then Programme Controller Colin Bush, and within a matter of hours found himself under the broken desk in Studio 2… and by the end of that Saturday the studio was fixed. That’s where it all started!!

He is proud to be part of Hereford Hospital Radio, and as the Engineer for many years he has built a couple of studios, an Outside Broadcast caravan and fixed countless headphones!!Chris Hughes

Although predominantly a behind the scenes guy, Chris had the
opportunity to work with Mark Baker in the late 1990’s on the legendary Saturday Night Request Programme, and since these early days he can now be found hosting the weekday breakfast show at Hereford Hospital Radio.

Chris has, for many years, been the external face of the station for those in Hereford. He followed in the footsteps of George Burton and Roger Smith, as the charity’s Chairman steering it through the uncharted waters of one of the UK’s first private finance initiative in the Health Sector at Hereford’s County Hospital. That journey is almost complete, and Chris has recently steered the station in obtaining funding and the necessary licenses to allow the station to be heard outside of the hospitals, so former patients or those waiting for treatment elsewhere can listen at home.

Very recently Chris was very proud to help George Cooper and the Hat Band who were raising money for St Michael’s Hospice by hosting a series of concerts at the Hereford Courtyard Theatre. These concerts were recorded and broadcast on Hereford Hospital Radio the following evening. The concerts at the Courtyard and the Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells raised over £25,000 for the hospice.

CMH Interview John Myers Chris interviews John Myers

John Myers is a British radio executive, consultant and presenter. Myers developed the Century Radio brand for Border Radio Holdings in the early 1990’s, launched two more stations later in that decade and featured in the BBC documentary “Trouble at the Top”.

PO CMH Interview Dave Heggie Chris interviews Dave Heggie

We have Dave Heggie to thank for starting Hereford Hospital Radio. While a patient at the hospital during the early 1970’s and seeing the old tube headphones on the wall but nothing coming out of them, he decided to push to get Hereford’s own hospital radio station.

BBCHW & HHR Link up OG CMH BBC Hereford & Worcester team up with Chris Hughes as part of Hereford Hospital Radio’s 40th birthday.

Ben Coleman

Ben is one of our longest serving members having joined more than 10 years ago.

Hi, my name is Ben Coleman. I present the afternoon mix on Hereford Hospital Radio between 2pm and 4pm. I have been here for a long while now and have the role of Broadcast Manager, so if you want to get into radio this is the place to start.

Ben Coleman

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