40 years on, and still going strong!
Since broadcasting the very first show in September 1976, the faces may have changed, the voices may have changed, the technology has certainly changed, but the aim is still the same; to bring music and entertainment across the Glan Clwyd community!
This month, we have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the radio station, which was originally based at the Alexandra Hospital in Rhyl – but moved to the Glan Clwyd site in Bodelwyddan when the new hospital opened. You can read more about the history of the radio station by visiting our timeline page.
On Friday 16 September radio station members, both past and present, got together at the North Wales Bowls Centre in Prestatyn to celebrate this milestone. There was an array of special guests too, including Ann Jones AM and June Snowden (President of the Hospital Broadcasting Association).
In her speech, Ann Jones AM thanked the radio station members who give up time each week to visit wards, collect requests, sell raffle tickets, and present programmes. She joked about the many programmes that she had been a guest on over the years, and stated what an honour it was to be the president of such a great voluntary organisation. Meanwhile, June Snowdon stated that it was a real achievement to reach 40 years on air, and that this has only been possible through real commitment from the volunteers over the years, and the continued good working relationship between the radio station and hospital management team.
Radio Station Press Officer Brenda Jones introduced the entertainment for the evening, which was provided by ‘Acquire’, a community choir based in Rhuddlan. Founder and Musical Director Leslie Churchill Ward conducted energetically, and the audience enjoyed performances of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Fields of Gold’ and a Disney Medley to finish. Brenda closed the evening by thanking the choir, the special guests, and most importantly the radio station members, and urged them to keep up the hard work.
Here’s to the next 40 years!