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top 5 most requested artists
1 ludwig van beethoven
2 mozart
3 frank sinatra
4 johann strauss II
5 sir cliff richard
= ralph vaughan williams
7 nat king cole
8 johnny cash
= elvis presley
10 bing crosby
= giacomo puccini

A warm welcome

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Welcome to the Kingston Hospital Radio website. Being in hospital is never fun but here at Kingston Hospital Radio, we have a dedicated band of volunteers who are here to put a smile on your face.

It’s free and easy to listen to the radio on the wards. To tune in, just press the radio button on your Hospedia unit and you will find Kingston Hospital Radio on Channel 1 (you may need to first register your unit by phoning the Hospedia operator or by using the touchscreen).

Kingston Hospital Radio has been broadcasting since 1957, which is quite an achievement in itself and one of which we’re justifiably proud.

The world has changed so much since we first started broadcasting. As we took to the airwaves for the first time, Sir Anthony Eden resigned as prime minister due to ill health and Harold Macmillan took over, while over in America, Dwight Eisenhower was inaugurated for a second term as president.

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In the same year, the Russians launched the first dog into space aboard Sputnik II; the BBC fooled the nation on April 1 with a story about spaghetti growing on trees and the House of Lords unveiled plans to admit women for the first time.

The world said a big hello to future stars including comedian Dawn French, singer Marc Almond and actor Richard E Grant.

The charts also looked a little different with number 1s for Elvis Presley with ‘All Shook Up, Guy Mitchell with ‘Singing the Blues’ and The Crickets with ‘That’ll be the day’.

Kingston Hospital Radio has also changed a lot over the years. During the 1970s, we were able to broadcast at least one show a day.

During the 1980s, our real growth took place as we had more than 24 hours of programmes going out on air each week. Of course, the 1980s also saw the rise of the CD format which at the time was a much more convenient way of storing music.

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And now with our myriad playout and scheduling software we are able to broadcast around the clock with a mixture of live and recorded shows from our presenters together with the occasional no-stop music mix! We are able to offer a wide variety of programmes throughout the week, including classical music and smooth jazz shows, plus those featuring more mainstream pop music, playing songs from the 1950s through to today’s chart hits. We also have request shows, where you get to choose the music. So there is something for everyone, whatever your taste. Please see our schedule for details.

As mentioned previously, our team are all volunteers, but there are obviously running costs to consider with any such radio station - keeping equipment maintained, and updating our music library. We also need some extensive repair work carried out very shortly in order to keep the station running and providing this service to our listeners. Our members are doing their utmost to try and raise this money by doing various things including outside broadcasts at school fetes in the summer (if you are interested in us being at your event, please call us for details).

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If you would like to enquire about making a donation, however big or small, please get in touch, and help to keep us on air.

We hope you find this website informative. Please take the time to click on the e-magazine button at the top of the page to view our latest magazine, copies of which are available from around the hospital.