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/

HHR Celebrates 40 Years on the air

To celebrate our 40th birthday, Hereford Hospital Radio had a 40 hour long broadcast, launched with our friends at BBC Hereford & Worcester who were also live at the Worcester Victoria Fayre from 6pm on Friday 30th November 2012 and continued right through to 10am on Sunday 2nd December.

During the 40 hours on air we had live music from Jenny Hallam, special guest visitors, a live interview with John Myers, former members including Dave Heggie, who is the man responsible for starting HHR, and members of the public that came along to see how HHR helps the patients of the County Hospital in Hereford get better by entertaining them and being a friend at their bedside.

A big thank you must also go to everyone who sponsored our members, some of whom were on air for most of the broadcast.

Listen to some of the best bits;

CMH Interview John Myers Chris Hughes 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 1990s, launching two more stations later in the decade and featuring in the BBC documentary “Trouble at the Top”.

He presented programmes under the pseudonym ‘John Morgan’. He then became Chief Executive of GMG Radio, developing the Real Radio, Smooth Radio and Rock Radio brands and overseeing GMG Radio’s acquisition of the Century network from GCap Media.

In 2009, he was asked by the Labour Government to produce a report on the future of local radio in the UK (“The Myers Report”) which was published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in April 2009. A number of his recommendations were taken up by the Digital Economy Act 2010, leading to, amongst others, mergers within the Heart and Smooth Radio networks.

So far in 2011, Myers has reviewed efficiencies at BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, 1Xtra and 6Music. In April, he assumed his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Radio Academy. He’s also the Chairman of hospital station Radio Tyneside and makes occasional appearances on the Sky Newspaper review. His most recent report for BBC Management was on the operation of BBC Local Radio, published in February 2012.

PO CMH Interview Dave HeggieChris Hughes and Peter Orme interview Dave Heggie

We have Dave Heggie to thank for starting Hereford Hospital Radio. While a patient at the hospital during the early 1970s 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.

Tim Tomlinson Interview WEBBob King interviews Tim Tomlinson

Tim is the Director of Service Delivery for Wye Valley NHS Trust and is responsible for the smooth running of the hospital building and staff.

 

Kings Acre Community Games 2014

Following the London Olympics in 2012, one of the major elements was to ensure that there is a legacy for the county. One of these is the Community Games which were held around the country to bring families and communities together for Olympic Games.

On Sunday the 27th of July in 2012, Hereford Hospital Radio were invited to help commentate and run the games with the organisers of the Kings Acre Games.

In addition, HHR broadcasted the event live to the patients at the hospital so they could share in with the games and find out more about them.

The photos below show Peter Orme, Pete and Lynda Trigg, Chris Hughes, Andy Williams, Ian Bailey and Ben Coleman.

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.

 

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.

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