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Radio Sunderland for Hospitals

Radio Sunderland is the hospital radio station for Sunderland Royal Hospital in the City of Sunderland, England. On the air since 1953, the station provides music, entertainment and information for patients. Since August 1998 the station has been broadcasting continuously 24 hours a day. Programmes include Ward Call (patients request and dedications), specialist programmes covering country, classical and easy listening, extensive sports coverage, general entertainment and information for patients. Radio Sunderland provides full match commentary of all Sunderland A.F.C. home matches live from the Stadium of Light with their own commentary team. Radio Sunderland is a registered charity and relies entirely on donations and fund-raising to stay on the air. The station is run entirely by volunteers, no one is paid for the services they give.

Radio Sunderland is the hospital radio station for Sunderland Royal Hospital in the City of Sunderland, England. On the air since 1953, the station provides music, entertainment and information for patients. Since August 1998 the station has been broadcasting continuously 24 hours a day. Programmes include Ward Call (patients request and dedications), specialist programmes covering country, classical and easy listening, extensive sports coverage, general entertainment and information for patients. Radio Sunderland provides full match commentary of all Sunderland A.F.C. home matches live from the Stadium of Light with their own commentary team. Radio Sunderland is a registered charity and relies entirely on donations and fundraising to stay on the air. The station is run entirely by volunteers, no one is paid for the services they give.
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Radio Sunderland is the hospital radio station for Sunderland Royal Hospital in the City of Sunderland, England. On the air since 1953, the station provides music, entertainment and information for patients. Since August 1998 the station has been broadcasting continuously 24 hours a day.
Programmes include Ward Call (patients request and dedications), specialist programmes covering country, classical and easy listening, extensive sports coverage, general entertainment and information for patients.
Radio Sunderland provides full match commentary of all Sunderland A.F.C. home matches live from the Stadium of Light with their own commentary team.
Radio Sunderland is a registered charity and relies entirely on donations and fundraising to stay on the air. The station is run entirely by volunteers, no one is paid for the services they give.
Station owner
The trustees
Year of establishment
1953
Address
Monkwearmouth Hospital
Postal / zip code
SR5 1NB
City
Sunderland
History
The Story of Radio Sunderland

The association's inaugural meeting was held in 1953 following a plea in the local newspaper, The Sunderland Echo, for volunteers. Broadcasting commenced during the 1954/1955 football season. The station was formed as the Commentators' Association in 1953. The aim was to relay live football commentaries form Roker Park direct to the wards of Sunderland's Hospitals.
Music was introduced to the station output with the advent of the first patients request programme "Hospital Hour", first broadcast on Boxing day 1956. This marked the beginning of programme development. Other programmes at that time included commentaries on athletics from Ashbrooke Sports Ground and Hospital Quiz shows.
Reflecting the wider programming, and following an influx of volunteers the association changed its name to "Sunderland Hospitals Broadcasts" in 1968 and was now broadcasting regular programmes from the old General Hospital in Sunderland on Thursday and Friday evenings.
This was followed by a move to the first permanent studio which was based in an old ward at what was the Havelock Hospital on Hylton Road. Due to the enthusiasm and expertise of the then members, the ward was converted into a fully equipped radio studio.
The present name of "Radio Sunderland for Hospitals" was adopted in 1973.
When the new District General Hospital (now called the Sunderland Royal) was opened in 1978 the station transferred to a new but very small studio in the Hylton Road Block. Following a vigorous campaign for more working space they were on the move once again & in 1988 the station transferred to its present location in the former nurses home of Monkwearmouth Hospital. Much of the equipment from the General Hospital Studio was transferred to the new studio but the members still set themselves a target of raising £30,000 to build and equip this new studio complex.
Ward Call

Monday-Wednesday and Sunday from 20:00 to 21:00
DJ: The members
Genres: Oldies

Our hospital patient's record request programme.
Live at 8pm repeated at 2 o'clock in the morning and 2 o'clock the following afternoon.

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