4th December 2023
On Monday 4th December Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio celebrated 45 years of broadcasting to patients and staff at the Hospital. The radio station first went on air on Monday 4th December 1978 and has been broadcasting to the Hospital ever since. Special shows were broadcast that included interviews, requests and dedications for patients and staff, a chart show from December 1978 and a history of the station along with music from the past 45 years, Martin Kinch also spoke to founding members of the station that were there at the very start including Bernard Shirley who was also a member of Aylesbury Round Table at the time.
Bernard told Martin that the team of people putting the radio station together applied to Aylesbury Round Table for funds towards the cost of putting the station on air. The Round table ended up paying for the mixing desk, the turntables and headphones. Other local companies from the area supplied chairs, carpets and wood to build the studios and shelves for the records. Bernard went on to become Chairman and record librarian of the radio station.
1st September 2023
McCarthy and Stone, who provide retirement appartements, have kindly supported our work by sponsoring our Online Streaming. When you click on our stream on the website or our free App you hear their sponsor message. We are very grateful for their support. You can download our free App by scanning the QR codes below.
5th July 2023
To celebrate the NHS 75th Birthday we broadcast a special live five hour programme from Café Oasis located in the Spinal Unit at the hospital. Lots of great music requests, interviews with staff and patients at the hospital and some amazing give-aways as well. Tony Hadley, who is a big supporter of SMHR, came along for an interview.
29th June 2023
Ken Bruce spent the afternoon at our studios recording a special programme about hospital radio that will be going out on Greatest Hits Radio and SMHR on the 5th July - the NHS 75th Birthday. Peter Dickson, voice of The X Factor, came along as well to take part. Ken spoke to Martin Kinch who has been at our station for 44+ years. Here are a few pictures from the day.
29th June 2023
Ken Bruce, our patron, has recorded a lovely message speaking of the importance of hospital radio. We are hugely grateful for Ken's support for the work we do at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
You can see the video on our Twitter page - https://twitter.com/i/status/1674330253471121409
28th June 2023
The Buckinghamshire Healthcare Annual Awards took place last night at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio was recognised for its 45 years “On Air” with a special surprise video about our history and a message from our Patron Ken Bruce
18th June 2023
We have just launched our brand new FREE Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio App. If you had our previous App installed please now un-install it. Then go to the Google Play or Apple App store and download our new App. You can also just use your smart device to scan one of the QR Codes below.