Deputy lieutenant to join hospital radio's 60-year celebration


The county’s deputy lieutenant will join volunteers at Southampton’s teaching hospitals later today (Thursday) to celebrate 60 years of radio broadcasting.

Professor Khalid Aziz will also present members of Southampton Hospital Broadcasting Association with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on behalf of the lord lieutenant of Hampshire Dame Mary Fagan.

The award, created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's coronation, is the MBE for local volunteer groups across the UK and recognises outstanding community work.

“This award is presented to special groups of volunteers and we are special, as we have been bringing entertainment to the worried and the sick at Southampton General and the Princess Anne hospitals, along with hospice Countess Mountbatten House, for 60 years as of today,” said current chairman Steve Mullane.

Since bringing Southampton Football Club’s 3–3 draw with Doncaster Rovers to the ears of fans in hospital on 18 October 1952, more than 2,000 volunteers have graced the studio in Tebourba Way, Millbrook.

Broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the station supports the recovery of thousands of listeners with everything from football and cricket commentary, to music, chat and discussion.

Professor Aziz, who is a visiting professor of business communications at the University of Southampton, said: “It is a great pleasure to present this award to Southampton Hospital Broadcasting Association during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year when the association is also celebrating 60 years of broadcasting to the day.

“The SHBA’s years of service are a clear demonstration of how effective voluntary effort can be to our community and it is a huge pleasure to help them celebrate their contribution.”

The presentation will take place in the Heartbeat Education Centre (level F) at Southampton General Hospital from 6.30pm.

Posted on Thursday 18 October 2012