Harrogate Hospital Radio seeks volunteers to boost requesting collecting team

22 July 2014

Harrogate Hospital Radio is looking for volunteers to help boost its request collecting team.

The station, which is based in the town’s District Hospital and has been broadcasting since October 1977, is looking for people to visit wards and take music requests from patients, family members and friends.

Harrogate Hospital Radio chairman Ian Wighton said: The request collector’s roll is an extremely important element of Harrogate Hospital Radio, as they are the ones who have direct interaction with the patients.
We have a great team, who, between them, visit the wards on a daily basis and we are now looking to boost the numbers.
If possible, volunteers should be available on a regular basis, preferably in the early afternoon, and have an interest in music. Candidates should have legible hand-writing and have a certain amount of stamina as the majority of shift – typically two hours – is spent walking around wards.
All our members are volunteers who fulfil a variety of different duties ensuring we are on air all day every day. The patient request shows are at the heart of our programming.
With more request collectors, we will be able to offer an even better service for the patients, who are our listeners.
Many professional radio presenters began their career on hospital radio stations around the country, and these include Pete Murray, Scott Mills, Chris Moyle’s and Philip Schofield.
It is a great way to get into the industry, but for those not looking for a career boost, it is a fantastic organisation to be a part of, and one that is highly regarded in and around the wards.

For more information about request collecting, interested parties should visit the Harrogate Hospital Radio website at www.harrogatehospitalradio.org.uk/collector/ or phone the studio on 01423 553342 and leave message.

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