President's "positive future" for hospital broadcasting

The president of the Hospital Broadcasting Association has told Radio Clatterbridge she is "very positive" about the future of hospital broadcasting in the UK.

June Snowden was speaking as she returned to the station to present our two longest serving volunteers with awards for their commitment.

Our honourary president Roger Hazlewood was given a certificate for dedicating more than half a century to the charity.

"It's such a privilege to realise how many people have started their lives in hospital radio and the influence its had on their lives and on their communities and the patients in hospitals." - June Snowden

Roger actually began broadcasting in 1966 as part of the Sunday night request show - then the only programme on the station.

"You had to collect requests from 4 until 6 o'clock. You came back into the studio and played them out until 7.30 or beyond. It was almost like gas radio. That was the only programme in those days." - Roger Hazlewood

When the Port Sunlight Boys' Club, which started the service, folded, Roger enlisted the help of Dave Williams to ensure broadcasting continued.

Within within three months, the membership of the station had swollen to 40 people.

"I was just about to start my first teaching job but radio was always my first love. it's what I wanted to do more than anything else." - Dave Williams 

After reminiscing about the past, presenter Steve Evans asked June Snowden about the future of hospital broadcasting.


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She ackowledged that people are spending less time as in-patients and now have a world of entertainment at the fingertips.

But she revealed the HBA has been working with the Charity Commission to encourage stations to widen their remit from hospital broadcasting to embrace more general community programmes about health and wellbeing.

"We can encourage people to live more healthy and active lives. There's so much we can do as hospital broadcasters. I'm very positive." - June Snowden

June's visit came just three weeks after Radio Clatterbridge won gold at the national Hospital Broadcasting Association awards in Stoke-on-Trent.


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