As part of our 60th birthday celebrations and our ten day broadcast on 87.7FM, we broadacst live for two hours from Frankie and the Heartstrings Pop Recs in Fawcett Street, Sunderland.
Presenters Anthony and Laura had a great time meeting some of the band and customers, they were also kept generously supplied with copious amounts of coffee and mince pies!
We would like to say a big, big thank you to Frankie and the guys for having us and making us feel so welcome and for making it a great broadcast!
We had a great day playing Christmas music and raising funds at Tesco Extra yesterday (14th). Our collection raised an impressive £298, many thanks to everyone that gave generously. We also broadcast live from the store on 87.7FM across Wearside as part of our 60th Birthday Celebration Broadcast.
Many thanks to the management and staff of the store for all their help and for being so accommodating on the day.
As part of our 60th birthday celebrations Radio Sunderland will once again be broadcasting across Wearside on 87.7FM. We have a special licence from Ofcom and so from Friday 13th December until Sunday 22nd December you will be able to listen on any old wireless - in the car, at home or at work.
We hope it will give people beyond the confines of the hospital wards a flavour of what we do.
Radio Sunderland today announces the launch of their Twitter feed. Please search for @radiosunderland and start following us! We can keep you up to date with our latest fundraising activities and let you know when programmes are about to start.
Once again we spent the day with our display stands and collecting buckets at Morrisons, Seaburn and despite the rain (again - see 18th May) you helped us raise a magnificent £411. Many thanks to everyone that donated and to the management and staff at the store for being so helpful.
We've got some exciting news to tell you about what's happening at Radio Sunderland in December - besides Christmas of course! We're just finalising things so check back soon for the full announcement!
Another great day in prospect at the new Tesco Extra store in Monkwearmouth - with our collecting buckets and display stand and once again we'll have our equipment to play some cracking tunes! The day will culminate in a live broadcast from the store to the our patients.
We will also be there to collect a cheque for £5,000 from the manager, Tim Howell, on behalf of Tesco. This is a fantastic donation and has been earmarked for several great projects - watch this space!
UPDATE: Our bucket collection raised £153 today and we met some great people - many thanks for all your support and of course a HUGE thanks to TESCO for having us in the store and for the amazing donation of £5,000.
The brand new Tesco Extra store opened this week and we've been invited along for its first weekend! We'll be there with our collecting buckets and information stand so you can find out all about Radio Sunderland.
On Sunday we'll also have our PA system and we'll be playing a great selection of hits, old and new!
UPDATE: It was great to be at Tesco's new Sunderland store for the opening weekend and, thanks to your generosity, we raised £471. A big thank you to everyone that contributed and to the staff and management at the new store for having us!
Back to Morrisons, Seaburn for the first time since our successful Christmas collection. Come along and say hello from 10am!
UPDATE: Despite the truly appalling weather, it proved to be another great collection with lots of generous people helping us raise £352, many thanks!
We're out and about with our collecting buckets raising funds to keep Radio Sunderland on the air! We're also bringing our display so you can find out all about Hospital Radio and how you could get involved.
UPDATE: Another great day collecting! Many thanks to everyone that donated and thanks to the management and staff at Sainsbury's for having us. We raised £368.
If you're listening online right now, then you'll have seen our new and improved Radio Player. It has a lean and clean look and provides more information about what's playing and which programme's are on now and next. It also provides a full programme schedule and a contact form. It doesn't use flash so it should work on all your devices!
Our last store collection of the year! We'll be playing lots of Christmas music to get you in the mood as we raise funds to keep Radio Sunderland broadcasting - come and say hello!
UPDATE: An absolutely fantastic day was had by all, many thanks for those people that stopped to chat as well as give very generously. We raised an amazing £564, thank you very much and Merry Christmas from all at Radio Sunderland!
We have the privilege of providing the PA facilities once again for this annual service of remembrance and celebration at St Benedict's Hospice. All are welcome and the service starts at 4pm.
Between 10am and 4pm we will be at ASDA with our information display and collecting buckets. You'll be able to find out all about Radio Sunderland, including how you can get involved!
We'll also be playing some great music as you enter the store to hopefully get your toes tapping!
UPDATE: We had a great day at ASDA, raising £242! A big thank you to everyone that said hello and donated. Thanks also to the management and staff at the store for being so helpful.
We're off to ASDA at the Galleries in Washington this Sunday between 10am and 3pm. We'll have the usual display stand out so you can find out all about Radio Sunderland!
Come along to say hello, or to find out more and of course, to drop your spare coins into our collecting buckets!
UPDATE: Many thanks to the customers at ASDA for helping us raise £129 and thanks also to the management and staff for having us.
Another store collection, raising funds to keep us on the air. Come along on Saturday 21st July between 10am - 4pm when we will be at Sainsbury's Silksworth. Meet some of our volunteers and see our display which tells you all about Radio Sunderland including how you can get involved - no experience required!
UPDATE: Despite it being a relatively quiet day due to the Sunderland Airshow and the lovely weather (at last!), everyone proved to be extremely generous, helping us raise an impressive £325. Many thanks to everyone that contributed and to the management and staff of Sainsbury's.
Another fundraising store collection but this time with music! On Saturday 30th June between 9am - 5pm we will be at Morrisons Seaburn. Come and say hello and see our display which tells you all about Radio Sunderland. We will be also playing some great music to get your toes tapping as you do your shopping!
UPDATE: Thank you for your kind comments - we had a lot of compliments on the music we played today! We have to say a big big thank you to you for being so generous, we raised £425. Many thanks also to the management and staff for making us feel so welcome and for asking us back later in the year!
We will be shaking our collecting buckets once again on Saturday 21st April between 10am - 4pm at Morrisons Doxford Park. Come along, meet the team and say hello as we collect funds to help keep us on the air! You can find out all about Radio Sunderland from our little display and perhaps get involved yourself!
UPDATE: Many thanks to everyone that visited our stand and donated, helping us raise £217, we'd also like to say a big thank you to the management and staff of Morrisons.
From today we are starting to make available some of our old shows in their entirety, not just the talkie bits but all the music as well! This is possible because we are using the Mixcloud service, which means we don't have to pay the copyright fees normally associated with re-broadcast material.
We hope to add more material in due course but for starters, you can listen to "MyTunes" with Frankie from Frankie & The Heartstrings
After almost sixty years broadcasting solely to the patients of Sunderland's hospitals, Radio Sunderland begins streaming it's output on the World Wide Web! Now almost anyone can experience the unique sound of Radio Sunderland for Hospitals!
We decided to make our service available online after increasingly being asked by friends and family of patients if they could also listen along to our programmes - especially the popular patients request show "Ward Call". Click here to listen!
Sainsbury's have very kindly agreed to let us carry out a store collection on Saturday 25th February between 10am - 4pm. Come along and meet the team as we collect funds to help keep us broadcasting, you can also find out more about hospital radio and perhaps get involved yourself!
UPDATE: Many thanks to all the customers that gave so generously, helping us raise £415. We must also say a big, big thank you to the management and staff at Sainsbury's for making us feel so welcome.
Starting today on eBay, we have begun to list some of the obsolete, broken and surplus equipment that we have in our studios.
Over the coming months we hope to auction off as much as we can with the aim of raising funds to upgrade radio studio 2.
Most of the equipment auctioned will be audio and computer parts, so if you are involved with hospital, community or schools radio then check often and save us as a favourite seller to make sure you don't miss any bargains!
We have also registered as a Direct Charity Seller with PayPal, this means that we don't pay eBay fees and so maximises our fundraising.
JustTextGiving is a fantastic new service from Vodafone whereby anyone with a mobile phone can donate to charity by text!
You don't even need to be a Vodafone customer to donate and there is no cost to the charity.
All sorts of Registered Charities are signing up for this great new service and Radio Sunderland is one of the first in our area! Click here for more details.
From Friday 10th December you won't have to be in hospital to enjoy Radio Sunderland! We have obtained a special licence from Ofcom to enable us to broadcast on 87.7FM for ten days only, giving everyone a chance to listen to the unique sound of Radio Sunderland! Come back soon for more information and programme details.
Now you can support Radio Sunderland from the comfort of your own computer by making a safe, online donation through Charity Giving. What's more, if you're a UK taxpayer we can claim Gift Aid to maximise your donation.
Update: The Charity Giving service has now closed.
Fantastic news today as The Big Lottery Fund awards Radio Sunderland £10,000 towards a refit and update of our main studio. Work will begin in September to install new equipment that will make operating the studio easier, creating new programme making opportunities for more of our members - both present and future!
Radio Sunderland launches a new mini-site dedicated to bogging. Here you'll be able to read the thoughts and opinions of some of the members of Radio Sunderland for Hospitals and what's more, you'll be able to post your own comments if you disagree.
April sees the launch of our completely rebuilt website with cleaner lines, a new logo and more content. If you would like to comment on our new site or if you find any errors, please do get in touch.
A busy week (ten days in fact!) for Radio Sunderland as our request programme (Ward Call) features a special guest presenter every night. You can listen to edited highlights below, click on the pictures for a full size image.
Saturday 28th March: Rob Lawson.
Editor, The Sunderland Echo.
Sunday 29th March: Councillor Mary Smith.
Mayor of Sunderland.
Monday 30th March: Ken Bremner.
Chief Executive City Hospitals Sunderland.
Tuesday 31st March: Paul Liddell.
Wednesday 1st April: Kay Blyth
Acting Chief Superintendent, Northumbria Police.
Thursday 2nd April: Jaff.
Bass player with The Futureheads.
Friday 3rd April: Chris Mullin.
M.P. for Sunderland South.
Saturday 4th April: Bill Etherington.
M.P. for Sunderland North
Sunday 5th April: Denise Robertson
Monday 6th April: Tony Jeffries.
Olympic Light Heavyweight Bronze Medallist.
Many thanks to the staff of the Nissan car plant in Sunderland for helping us raise just over £300 at their annual Bonfire Night fireworks display.