Open day planned for Worksop Hospital Radio as it celebrates 50 years on the air

The public is invited to tour the studio and meet the team behind Trust AM Radio on Sunday, September 11, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as the station celebrates 50 years on the air.

The station, based on the grounds of Bassetlaw Hospital at the entrance to Kilton Hill, will host a range of guests from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust, alongside local MPs, for the anniversary, while allowing visitors to engage in a live Show.

Trust AM is a charity radio station serving patients and staff at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals with tunes to suit every listener – from Doris Day in the 1940s, to today’s top 10 singles – with no advertising breaks.

Steve Roberts is Chairman of Trust AM Radio’s Executive Committee.

The station is currently made up of around 23 volunteer presenters and 30 executive members – with retired English and drama teacher Steve Roberts, one of the longest serving presenters, having been involved for over 20 years.

He said: “We think we help people’s mental health by giving them music to take their mind off their hospital stay. Music is like a painkiller.

Steve is also responsible for training new presenters, with most hosting their own live shows in just three weeks.

Malc Waring, who previously worked for the BBC, said: “It’s a great way to get involved in broadcasting. Many volunteers have gone into mainstream radio.

“We want to continue for many more years at least.”

Established in the summer of 1972, the resort has come a long way since it was first suggested by a group of sixth graders from Valley Comprehensive.

The Worksop Lions Club funded the project, which saw its first broadcast on 2 December 1972 for Old Kilton Hospital.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the station will also be launching a six-hour live special for non-stop requests to celebrate the “music of our lives” on Friday, December 2, 2022.

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