50 Years

Celebrating 50 years of Hospital Radio in Havering in 2014. 

From 1964 to 2014.
Broadcasting, to the patients, staff and visitors of  Hospitals in Havering.

50 years of Hospital Radio in Havering

Bedrock, celebrated 50 years of Hospital Radio in Havering From 14th – 16th February 2014,
looking back on our history of entertaining patients in hospital, our founding stations and
the volunteers that helped through the years.

 To mark the 50th anniversary of Hospital Radio in Havering, special guest the Mayor of Havering
Cllr Eric Munday along with Bedrock Volunteers launched our web-stream, meaning for the first time in 50 years, out-patients, patients family and friends, staff plus other well-wishers can enjoy their local Hospital Radio station.

Listen to the Launch:

We also featured on the Time 107.5 local news over the 50th weekend, with fundraising officer Bev Stroud talking to Ray Duffy (who himself is an ex-memebrs of Radio 174 /Oldchurch Hospital Radio) explaining about the service and how it’s still very active and enjoyed today by patients, acknowledging the founding stations that lead to the merger in 2002.

Ex-Members from founding stations also came to share their memories of volunteering at Hospital Radio in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Discussing how times have changed, with advancements of  Technology & Health & Safety regulations, but with the focus today still being the patients.Today Bedrock Hospital Radio  remains an independently run charity, with a team of 30 volunteers, helping raise funds, collect patients requests, host shows & help run the association. Listen & subscribe to the Podcast below!

Bedrock prides itself on having a long successful history entertaining patients and continuing being the ‘Bedside Friend’ to those in need.

With Thanks to Bedrock Volunteer Beth Stannard for taking Photos of the 50th weekend.

Mat Watson

Mat joined Bedrock in 2006, just before the move from Oldchurch Hospital to Queen’s Hospital, today he is our Chairman. He has a keen interest in radio broadcasting and wanted to understand more about production, programming and engineering aspects. He’s even has a qualification in radio production! Mat has worked professionally in broadcast working for commercial, community and online radio stations. But his passion remains with Hospital Radio, he calls it “a unique platform that retains individuality.” Today Mat works in public transport, helping customers with their journeys, but can still be heard on Bedrock on the Sunday Brunch from 10am.