The shortlists for this year’s National Hospital Radio Awards have been released, and Torbay Hospital Radio is on the list, as the Hospital Broadcasting Association highlights the exceptional work of volunteers in what continues to be an unprecedented time.
The National Hospital Radio Awards celebrate the continued efforts of volunteers from its member stations, who have continued to bring entertainment, light relief and information to patients in hospital.
Chairman of the HBA, Grant McNaughton, commented: “Hospital Broadcasting organisations across the UK have continued to deliver to healthcare users throughout this pandemic. What is truly remarkable is that our member stations have adapted to these difficult times and remained committed to serving, producing and presenting dedicated local radio for the healthcare community.
“Our National Hospital Radio Awards recognise the talent and dedication of hospital broadcasting volunteers, and this year's entries showcase that remarkable talent and commitment.”
Among the nominees for station of the year is Torbay Hospital Radio. The station has continued to broadcast 24/7 365 days a year throughout the pandemic and we are delighted to receive this nomination. In the last two years, our membership has risen greatly and the quality of the new presenters on air has been outstanding. So much so that, of the ten nominees in the newcomer category, five come from Torbay.
And that is not all, Geoff Webb is nominated in the male presenter of the year and Jo Hobbis in the female presenter category. It really is a huge honour to see our volunteers recognised in this way. Hopefully, this sends out a message that we deliver quality programmes to those who are in most need. It will be great to have a winner but, if not, the awards will go to an equally hard-working station or individual somewhere else in the country.
If you want to hear the team in action, you can from outside of the hospital, just ask Alexa or go to our website (www.torbayhospitalradio.com), where you can listen live. If you are in or around the hospital, it’s 95.9FM. I’ll let you know when the results come in, fingers crossed.
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