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/

Apple iTunes app Launched

Hereford Hospital Radio now have an app for Apple iTunes which allows patients to listen to us away from the hospital.

The app was written by Brett Jenkins, who grew up in Hereford and has since been involved with Student Radio Station Xtreme and also wrote an app for their station.

Brett was approached by Hereford Hospital Radio to expand the internet radio base of HHR, following its launch in 2010. Following months of work, and testing, and the approval process laid down by Apple, the app has been launched. Download it now from iTunes.

 

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 – www.herefordlions.com – 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.

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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 chris.hughes@hhr.org.uk.

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.

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