Harrogate Hospital Radio’s longest serving member elected chairman

18 April 2012

The longest serving member of a Harrogate charity has been elected as its new Chairman.

Ian Wighton, from Knaresborough, joined Harrogate Hospital Radio just a few weeks after the fledgling radio station broadcast its first programme from within Harrogate District Hospital in the autumn of 1977.

Since then, he has not only presented regular weekly shows, he has also been a committee member for 15 years, serving as station manager and latterly training officer.


New Chairman: Harrogate Hospital Radio’s longest serving member Ian Wighton is its new ChairmanNew Chairman: Harrogate Hospital Radio’s longest serving member Ian Wighton is its new Chairman

Ian has taken over the reins from outgoing Chairman, Mark Bexley, who has spent two years in the role.

Mark said:

I’m delighted that Ian has become Harrogate Hospital Radio Chairman. He is the society’s longest serving member and one of the driving forces behind its continued success.

He is totally dedicated to Harrogate Hospital Radio and, under his guidance, I know the society will continue to flourish. This honour for Ian is long overdue!

Ian said:

It is an absolute honour to have been elected to the position of Chairman. Harrogate Hospital Radio has been massive part of my life for almost 35 years, and it’s a privilege to accept this role. Mark has done a fantastic job as Chairman and he will be a hard act to follow.

Located within Harrogate District Hospital, Harrogate Hospital Radio has been broadcasting since 1977. It is run entirely by volunteers who perform a number of duties, including presenting, request collecting and “back office” functions.

Last year, the station was presented with The Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award for the work it does within Harrogate District Hospital.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the charity radio station, and the work it does, should contact Mr Wighton at the station on 01423 553 342.


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