|Radio St. Helier in the afternoon|
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In 1970, Mike Button, while lying in the bath, thought it would be a good idea if patients at St. Helier Hospital had their own radio station. The thought became a plan, then the plan became a reality. On the 6th June 1970 Radio St. Helier was launched to an unsuspecting, captive audience. Programmes were presented from a small room that was shared with the hospital chaplain. To say the room was crowded!
Almost 40 years later and Radio St. Helier now broadcasts 365 days a year from a purpose-built studio complex on the first floor of the hospital between A and B block. Our existing studios were opened in 1991 and were built using money raised by providing public address and music at a variety of local events, and from donations. A fundraising method that we're proud to continue today.
Being heard on the wards
Patients can listen to Radio St Helier using the Hospedia Bedside Unit. We broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on radio channel 5. Listening to the radio is free, but patients must first register following the on-screen instructions.
- Kevin Horkan
- Ken Pringle
- Joe Dillon
Honorary Secretary/Membership enquiries
- Briony Horkan
- Michael Sheerin
Messages can be left for all members of staff on 020 8296 2259. You can send a message using our contact form, or click on a name above to send an email.
We'll get back to you as soon as we can.
Radio St. Helier is a registered charity and is not funded by the government, NHS or BBC licence fee. If you'd like to make a donation (please make cheques should be made payable to 'Radio St. Helier'), book us for an event, apply for membership or simply ask a question, we'd love to hear from you.
The music we play
We're always being asked, "I don't suppose you've got that one I want?", or "What sort of music do you play?". Well the answer to the first question is we probably have, and to the second - almost anything from Enrico Caruso (1913) to the current UK chart number 1. We don't have playlists, because our listeners choose the music!
Radio St. Helier's music collection has grown and grown. We started in 1970 with a small, donated collection and a few records that the original DJs bought themselves. Today, we have tens of thousands of songs in digital, CD and vinyl formats.