Radio Sunderland for Hospitals is a registered charity that broadcasts specialist and personalised programmes for free to the patients of the Sunderland Royal Hospital 24 hours a day.
It is our aim to:
One of our most popular programmes is the patient request show “Ward Call”. This has the guarantee to always play the patients request providing we have it in our extensive record library.
One of the surprising things about Ward Call is not that the patient enjoys hearing their favourite tune, it is the fact that they get a buzz from hearing their name mentioned on the radio – and this is why we always say it twice, at the start and end of the record, just in case they tuned in half-way through!
Radio Sunderland can also broadcast programmes that have special features and information for the patients and we can provide useful advice, health promotion and support organisation information in our regular “Radio Sunderland Notice Board” features.
We are a registered charity run by a small team of enthusiastic, unpaid volunteers.
If you have just a couple of hours a week to spare, then come and join our team.
We would love to hear from you.
Running any radio station, even a hospital service like ours, is an expensive business!
There are many ways in which you could help and support Radio Sunderland.
We broadcast a variety of programmes direct to the patients bedsides and online 24 hours a day. Read more about Ward Call and Football Commentaries or our full programme schedule.
Radio Sunderland for Hospitals is run entirely by an enthusiastic band of unpaid volunteers. A small team of ward visitors, presenters and technical operators man the studio.
There is, however, much more to Hospital Radio than just working in the studio!
If you’d like to know more about joining us we'd love to hear from you.
Previous experience is not required as full training is given.
A daily Duty Manager looks after the studio and the production of the programmes.
The Charity Trustees who make up the Management Committee run the business side of Radio Sunderland and must work to the Association’s Constitution and Standing Orders.
Committee members are elected democratically each year during October at our Annual General Meeting by a vote of all the eligible members.
Formed as the Sunderland Commentators Association in 1953, the original aim of the station was to relay live football commentaries from Roker Park direct to the wards of Sunderland's Hospitals.
In 1999 after a successful application for Lottery Funding we launched our full 24 hour broadcasting service.
In the archive you will find some old audio recordings and photographs from our past.
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