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University Supports Hospital Radio Plymouth

Released: 06.05.14

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The station broadcasts from 8am until midnight, Monday to Thursday and overnight Friday to Saturday. It plays back-to-back music at all other times. It has been running since 1969, when it began at New Street on the Barbican, broadcasting 2-3 hours a week.

The range of music comprises 1920s, 30s, jazz and country and everything up to today’s chart hits.

It also runs live commentary from Plymouth Argyle, has a sports show and reports on live events.

Keith Jolley is the Assistant Station Manager and Programme Manager. He said, ‘We cover local events and there is a real gap in Plymouth for local radio coverage. We have many touching stories from patients over the years, including when a young woman with cystic fibrosis had her marriage blessing broadcast live. We also aired a special service to commemorate the Blitz and read out names of people who had worked at the hospital.’

Keith also works at the University of St Mark & St John in campus security. The University is situated opposite the hospital and has strong links to the radio station. It currently has several volunteers from among its staff and student base. Keith has interviewed the University’s Historian and Archivist, Gillian Fewings, and will soon be talking to Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cara Aitchison.

The station has come to the attention of the Hospital Broadcasting Association. They awarded them Station of the Year. They have won this accolade three times before.

Keith won Gold in 2012 and Bronze in 2013 for his specialist music programmes and St Mark & St John graduate Rachael Dodd was named Newcomer of the Year in 2013 and was shortlisted as Female Presenter of the Year in 2014.

The radio station is also hoping to raise further funds this year. All members are unpaid volunteers. Normally they need £7-8000 to run the station. This year they are hoping to also secure £25,000 in order to refurbish their studios. They have raised £12,000 so far.


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