The BIG Broadcast #BB2017

A huge THANK YOU from us
to everyone that took part in The BIG Broadcast 2017.

We really pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved when stations get together in this way and with 37 stations, nearly 100 requests played, including live requests from some of the hospitals taking part, I think we did just that.

Contributions from Phil (below), Steve and Jackie of Northern Air in Manchester, Ken and Tom at St Itas Hospital Radio in Ireland, Neil and Mel (below) from Hospital Radio Basingstoke and Dan, Bob and Christopher at Sunshine Radio on the Isle of Wight in a 48 hour period the like of which has never been attempted on Hospital Radio before!

8 stations taking part in a national game of Hospital Radio Bingo, again another first, with the winner being Chris listening to Preston Hospital Radio.

Loads of e-mails and twitter messages (more than 300 at the last count) and almost 150 phone calls coming through all the time, we were certainly kept busy all the way through the show.

Here’s just a small selection taken from our e-mail contacts:

Hi Richard,

I think you deserve a medal for the effort that went into the weekend.
All sounded great and I listened in at various times over the weekend – I was amazed how fresh you all sounded all the time.
We’re definitely in for 2017/2018 New Year’s Eve!!
Once again big kudos to you and all the team.

Best wishes
Phil Salter
Northern Air, Manchester.

Good morning Richard,

Thanks for everyone’s efforts on the Big Broadcast, when I dipped in, I must say I did enjoy it, and I actually listened to the Bingo, and loved it!!!
Here at Radio Nene Valley at Northampton General Hospital in the Midlands would love to take part in the New Year’s Eve BIG Broadcast.
All the best for the future

Kindest Regards,
Mark McKeown
Programme Organiser, Radio Nene Valley.

You’re the STAR Richard, very very well done!

Sunshine Radio
Station Director/Vice chair


Ben Coleman
Broadcast Manager
Hereford Hospital Radio

Hi Richard and the team

Great show keep up the great work you are doing I also think the BIG Broadcast should happen more often.
From everyone at GHR

Thanks, Colin Binns.
Grimsby Hospital Radio.

Hi Richard

Well done on putting together a really great event. We managed to cover the entire broadcast at Radio Royal.
Please sign us up for the New Year’s Eve BIG Broadcast… We’d love to be a part of it.
Beat wishes,

Lee Tait
Fundraising, Presentation & Programming Manager
Radio Royal – Hospital Radio for the Forth Valley

And on Twitter:-

Charlie Brown @charliebrown_uk

@bigbroadcastuk Thanks to you and the team for a great weekend of programmes 🙂

Millside Radio

Brenda Massie  @sheltie21 

Taking part in a step challenge for the next five weeks….off 2 a good start as @bigbroadcastuk is helping with the fab selection of music! 

Grampian Hospital Radio.


We were also joined by the lovely Debbie McGee, Julia Bradbury, Martin Clunes, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Andi Peters and Ruth Langsford who were interviewed by Matthew Rolland as well as some awesome ‘live’ performances from the Red Carpet in the lounge from The Pendle Jazzmen, Gavin Young and Kiki DeVille.

For those night owls out there, our packed overnight schedule was headed by the Electric Light Orchestra and Kylie Minogue in concert, as well as a varied programme of differing genres of music from Dave Peacock, Stewart Kennedy, Alan Green, Jim Simpson, Peter Grogan, Ian Gornall, Stuart Mabbutt and Ken Anton.

News of our exploits on the show also reached BBC Radio Lancashire’s John Barnes who called in to The BIG Broadcast on Bank Holiday Monday morning.

For those that could ‘stomach’ it we were also live on the webcams throughout and some of those images captured by Neil Ogden at HR Basingstoke are below….. You have been warned.

Plus some shots of our ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’ feature where it was only right and proper that we dressed up for the occasion and installed the Red Carpet into the studio, even Charlie the dog decided to wear the Orange Bow-Tie!

My team were once again in fine voice throughout including Jonathan Sawyer on news, Oliver Stables, Ruth Stapleton and Matthew Rolland, last but certainly not least Mrs A to Z, Nicky on catering/and being lovely, duty. I simply could not have managed without any of you.

A really special mention should go out to Craig Robinson and Simon Temby from Auckland Hospital Radio who once again provided the streaming facilities at BIG Broadcast towers, cheers guys.

And finally to all the Station Managers and Programme Controllers who thought that it was a good idea to let me and the team loose on their airwaves – I hope I didn’t let any of you down!

Finally finally, we had a great time which is what doing Hospital Radio is all about so if you fancy getting involved with your local station, log on to The HBA website for more information about stations in your area, they’d love to hear from you.

And we’re already looking forward to being part of your New Years Eve celebrations as from midday on the 31st of December we’ll be back for 24 hours to bring in 2018 in our own inimitable fashion, until then, I’ll see you later, ta-ra!

Grateful thanks to our very generous supporters too!

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