CHICHESTER Hospital Radio has celebrated its 40th anniversary by branching out onto the internet.
The station has launched its Listen On Line service to go alongside its new website.
Originally launched on September 22, 1972, Sunday saw the end of the year’s celebrations.
Chairman Malcolm Gray said: “Members gathered outside the studios to raise a glass and pose for a group photo.
“Four hours of live, light-hearted broadcasting followed, with the helpful inclusion of some witty banter from the gathered members and the return of some of our past members, for the official opening of our brand new service.”
Nearly 30 per cent of patients at St Richard’s Hospital have a handheld device in hospital, whether a phone, tablet or computer.
They will now be able to use the online service, which Malcolm described as a ‘valuable way of providing a diversity of service’.
The station is also available on 1431AM around the hospital grounds and channel 11 on the nurse call units at the bedside.
“Bringing patients and families together at a difficult time, our new service offers the opportunity for both to leave messages and requests,” said Malcolm.
“Many times as we speak to patients on the ward, we are asked if their loved ones would be able to listen, now they can.
“You can listen by visiting our website and clicking on the listen live button, which takes you to our player.
“You can leave a request by going to our website www.chr1431.org.uk, and filling in our request form, or by ringing our studio on 01243 788122 ext. 3000.”
Anyone interested in volunteering can call on the above number. The station has many members who have gone on to a career in radio.