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/

Wye Valley NHS Trust Press Release 99-2012

Press Release – November 9 2012
99-2012

Hospital radio in Hereford clocks up 40 years of broadcasting.

It was during a hospital stay in 1972 that a young 20-year-old, Dave Heggie, asked questions of
the then hospital administration why the tubes on his bed side didn’t have any music playing.

It seems that the hospital had paid for the investment in the wards but they 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 last 40 years, Hospital Radio in Hereford has continued to grow. It has an active
membership and works with many organisations throughout the county helping it raise money to
stay on air, and entertain patients at the County Hospital.

For the last three years, thanks to help of the Lions Club, it broadcasts its output on the internet
and patients who are awaiting surgery can continue to listen in, via their internet radio, smartphone
or computer.

Over the weekend of the December 1 2012 the volunteers celebrated their 40 years by holding a
non-stop 40 hour long broadcast.

For more details call Hereford 233033 or drop us an email to info@hhr.org.uk, or via the web
site www.hhr.org.uk

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.

 

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