September 2021: 33 years at Monkwearmouth Hospital ends
The building that housed our studio since August 1988 at Monkwearmouth Hospital has been scheduled for demolition.
At noon on 16th Sept 2021 we ceased broadcasting from our studios at Monkwearmouth and we were off-air until a temporary “virtual studio” was commissioned in the basement of Sunderland Royal Hospital.
After 5 hrs we were back on-line but restricted to broadcasting a temporary music program.
The rest of our equipment was put into storage until a new premanent home could be found.
On Monday 20th at 4:12pm a full schedule of programmes (excluding football commentary and Sky News) was reintroduced with live programmes being replaced with programmes from our archive.
The audio feed to the Royal Hospital was re-established at 1pm on Tuesday the 21st.
Link: Visit the programmes page
July 2021: Radio Player
Unfortunately our pop-out radio player has an intermittent fault when used in some web browsers. This is also affecting the on-page play control.
As the Internet can be a dangerous place, modern Internet browsers can be very protective when accessing data that is off the current page.
This is the case with our links to our on-line stream provider.
Please try clearing your browser cache.
This may also be cured by changing browser settings for the sites you trust.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this caused.
How to clear your browser cache and cookies
How to access Internet browser settings
Update: hopefully now fixed!
4 July 2021: Prince Charles on Radio Sunderland
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales recorded a special programme to say thank you to volunteers of hospital, health and well-being radio stations for their work in keeping communities connected and patients entertained during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Music & Memories with HRH The Prince of Wales" broadcast on Radio Sunderland for Hospitals to patients in the Sunderland Royal Hospital and on-line on Sunday 4th July 2021 at 12:00 noon and repeated at 8pm and again at 2am and 2pm on Monday 5th.
The programme features some of The Prince’s favourite tracks, from artists including The Three Degrees; Diana Ross; Barbara Streisand and Edith Piaf to name but a few.
June 2021: Supporting Us with AmazonSmile
AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way for anyone shopping at Amazon to support us at no extra cost to them.
So were asking Amazon customers to sign up to AmazonSmile.
When Amazon customers select Radio Sunderland as their charity and shop through AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% from eligible purchases to us.
Simply follow the link below to register.
If you sign up to AmazonSmile you will receive a welcome email.
The email helpfully suggests that you create a bookmark in your browser so that you remember to shop at smile.amazon.co.uk !
June 2020: Bobby Dazzler – from our Archive.
Since 1953 we have been involved in many events in and around Sunderland.
Sadly, only a fraction of what we have done over the years has been documented.
We also have no record of either the original 1960's set up at what was then the General Hospital or the later Hylton Road block studios.
Can you add to our archives?
Visit our Archive page for more details.
May 2020: Caring for Carers.
Tune in to our new health and wellbeing series “Caring for Carers" with features supporting the carers and cared for presented by the well known TV and Radio personality Gyles Brandreth.
Daily following the news at 12 & 5pm
This ground breaking series will feature stories and experiences carers are having to deal with at this very difficult time through the COVID-19 crisis, with advice, information and support.
Our local support group is the Sunderland Carers Centre: Tel. 0191 549 3768
Sunday 17 May 2020: James Blunt – The Greatest Hour.
Singer-songwriter, James Blunt produced a radio programme exclusively Hospital Radio, entitled The Greatest Hour.
The former reconnaissance officer in the Life Guards regiment of the British Army doing his bit to lift the spirits of those suffering from coronavirus, by hosting a "cheerful" hospital radio show.
The show broadcast at 8pm (repeated at 2am & 2pm) included a mixture of feel-good music intertwined with messages of gratitude to those working in the frontlines.
18 March 2020: Coronavirus Our Responce.
We at Radio Sunderland are following the government’s advice about non-essential travel, and social distancing.
The Royal Hospital has suspend all visiting except for exceptional circumstances and advised us to suspend our ward visiting service.
To protect the health and safety of our volunteers, regrettably this means that we are unable to broadcast our full schedule of programmes.
As a result of the measures we are taking, unfortunately for the time being we are unable to play patients record requests.
Being a hospital based service, we are sure you will understand why we have reached this decision.
Please be assured that as soon as it is practical to do so, we will return to normal service.
In the meantime, we hope that listens will continue to enjoy listening to the rest of our programmes.
21 December 2019: Store Collection – Morrisons Seaburn
An early Christmas present.
It was a dreary winter's day, but bright lights and our jolly Christmas music playing in the foyer brought out the festive cheer as customers stocked up for a seasonal feast.
Some of our volunteers were on hand with buckets at the ready to collect the small change so generously given by the shoppers.
So, it's a huge thank you for your continued support and to the management and staff for their help and for once again allowing us to do some fund raising in their store.
The final total raised was a lovely £447 that will help us to continue to provide our free radio service.
On behalf of the patients in the Sunderland Royal Hospital, thank you so much and a very Happy Christmas to you.
15 December 2019: Store Collection – Sainsburys Silksworth.
Another store collection raising funds to help keep us on the air.
We enjoyed a day mingling and chatting with the Christmas shoppers at Sainsbury's Silksworth.
It was a busy day and customers proved to be extremely generous, helping us raise an impressive £353.
Many thanks to everyone that donated and of course, a big thank you to the management and staff for their usual, friendly welcome! Sainsburys Silksworth
8 December 2019: Public address at St. Benedict's Hospice
St Benedict’s Hospice switched on their lights at the annual Light Up A Life remembrance and carol service on Sunday afternoon.
We were present as usual with our PA equipment, so this means that Christmas is now not very far away!
There was a bitterly cold wind blowing, however, this year the large crowd warmed to the excellent festive performance provided by the Rock Choir.
St Benedict's Hospice, Ryhope
December 8th, 15th, 21st and Boxing Day.
Look out for us somewhere near you very soon.
Pop in and see us that Silksworth Sainsburys on the 15th and Seaburn Morrisons on the 21st.
We will also be taking our Public Address equipment to St. Benedict's at Ryhope and The Boxing Day Dip at Seaburn
We hope you will come along and say hello.
30 November 2019: Store Collection – ASDA Grangetown.
Once again Radio Sunderland volunteers were fundraising at the ASDA Superstore in Grangetown.
We raised a very useful £100, so once again we must say thank you so much to ASDA's lovely customers for your continued support and to the management and staff for allowing us to carry out some fund raising in their store.
ASDA Superstore in Grangetown
24 August 2019: Store Collection – ASDA Grangetown.
A warm and sunny Bank Holiday weekend and Radio Sunderland volunteers were fundraising at the ASDA Superstore in Grangetown.
So, it's a big thank you to ASDA's lovely customers for your continued support and to the management and staff for once again allowing us to do some fund raising in their store.
The final total raised was a nice £127.
If you are wondering how you might help and support us, just visit our Support Page
15 June 2019: Store Collection – Sainsburys Silksworth.
Another store collection and some of our volunteers were in-store raising funds to help keep us on the air.
We chatted to some lovely people and there were some who said they might like to come an visit our studios.
We can’t wait for them to drop us an email and then come a long to one of our open evenings to find out how they can get involved.
Many thanks to everyone that contributed and to the management and staff of Sainsburys, who's customers proved to be extremely generous, helping us raise an impressive £345
11 June 2019: Donate via Facebook.
We are pleased to announce that you can now make donations to Radio Sunderland for Hospitals via our Facebook page.
As we are an entirely self-funded voluntary organisation, run by a happy bunch of unpaid volunteers in their spare time, we rely on the generosity of individuals.
Because of the support given over many years, we have been able to provide a radio and ward visiting service to patients in Sunderland hospitals since 1953.
If you would like to know how to get involved visit our “Join Us" page.
26 May 2019: Sport Scene – Wembley Stadium.
We’ve been to Wembley again!
Our second ever trip in 65 years and both within the same year!
The photo shows the smiley faces of Sean and Mark just before the kick off as they get ready for another live commentary.
But it was sad faces after Charlton won the League 1 play-off final by scoring in the last minute of the game, beating Sunderland AFC 2-1.
Meanwhile as the clocked ticked towards the full time whistle, Bill who was in the studio was resigning himself to being late home for his tea again.
Maybe we will get a win next time we go to Wembley.
Anyway, the result means that come August we will once again be broadcasting live commentary of League 1 games direct from the Stadium of Light to patients in the Sunderland Royal Hospital.
24 May 2019: Sunderland Theatre Group
Ian, Matt and Nathan from the Sunderland Theatre Group (seen here with our own Sean and Pauline) visited our studios.
They were Pauline's guests on "Lunch Box" when she chatted to them about their roles as Judas, Jesus and Pontious Pilate, in the forthcoming production of the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”.
There are four performance of the show that runs from the Thursday 30th May until Saturday 1st June at Sunderland’s Royalty Theatre. For tickets check out the Royalty Theatre website for details.
"New Day Dawning" - Programme News.
A new programme has been added to our programme schedule.
Every Sunday morning at 7:30 you can tune in to “New Day Dawning", which features a range of songs not only from Christian musicians, but from many contemporary artists too.
The programme is hosted by Sheila Hamil who invites you to join her for a half hour of uplifting songs, well-known hymns, inspirational readings and reflections from the Bible.
You can listen to “New Day Dawning" in the Sunderland Royal Hospital for free using the bedside entertainment units or via one of the links on our listen page.
Sheila has her own website and Facebook page.
You can also listen again to some of her broadcasts online at Mixcloud.com
28 April 2019: Morrisons – Seaburn.
Springtime in Seaburn and a big thank you to the management and staff of Morrisons, for once again letting us to take over the store foyer and for allowing us carry out a bucket collection.
On behalf of the patients in the Sunderland Royal Hospital, we would like to say thank you to customers who so generously gave us a donation, which goes to support the cost of providing our free radio service.
A total of £311 was raised!
31 March 2019: Sport Scene – Wembley Stadium.
Radio Sunderland's first outside broadcast live from London worked a treat with a great commentary from Wembley provided by Jamie McLean and Sean Terry to the patients in Sunderland Royal Hospital for the Checkatrade Trophy Final.
Sunderland AFC v Portsmouth FC.
Unfortunately Sunderland lost out on silverware in the agony of a penalty shootout (lost 5-4) after drawing 2-2 at the end of extra time.
31 March 2019: Sport Scene – Wembley Stadium.
Congratulations to Sunderland AFC who have booked a place in the Checkatrade Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium.
With all of the Club’s allocated tickets sold out, there will be over 40,000 red and white fans descending on the Capital to cheer on Jack Ross and his players.
The brilliant news is that our very own football commentary team have secured seats in the stadium's media area, and this will allow us for the first time in our 66 year history to do a live outside broadcast direct from Wembley - a big achievement for a hospital radio station!
For the occasion we are planning a special edition of our “Sports Scene" programme starting at 2 o'clock, and will be broadcast exclusively to the patients in the Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Though the magic of digital technology we will be able to bring all the atmosphere and action live from Wembley from kick-off until the final score.
(Sorry, but our licence does not allow broadcasting the commentary to those listening online via our website).
Circa 1972: Stadios at Havelock Hospital.
Here are a couple of photos from our very small archive, with thanks to former member Richard Lawrence and his personal collection.
Formed in 1953 as the “Commentators Association”. By 1968 had we become "Sunderland Hospitals Broadcasts", broadcasting regular programmes from the old General Hospital on Thursday and Friday evenings to eight hospitals that were spread right across the town.
This was followed by a move to our first permanent studio, which was based in an old ward at the Havelock Hospital on Hylton Road (Pictured circa 1972).
Studio equipment was begged and borrowed, Tyne Tees Television being a major benefactor donating some of their old surplus equipment.
Due to the enthusiasm and expertise of the then members, the old hospital ward was converted into a fully equipped radio studio.
The photo shows how it looked in circa 1972 before a major refit a year later.
This was to be our home until we relocated in 1978 to a new studio in the Hylton Road Block, in what back then was known as the District General Hospital (now Sunderland Royal).
If anyone has any old photos, recordings or a story to tell we’d love to hear from you. Contact Us
We don't have any photos of our studio from our time in the Hylton Road Block!
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