Rugby DJ in line for hospital radio award - The Rugby Observer

Rugby DJ in line for hospital radio award

A TALENTED radio DJ from Rugby has been nominated in the Best Male Presenter category at this year’s National Hospital Radio Awards.

Dan Sambell has had a passion for radio since he was a youngster, and was first inspired to become a DJ when listening to RugbyFM’s launch in 2002.

The 20-year-old runs a weekly show at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire – discussing news, weather and topical subjects for the hospital’s patients.

His hard work and dedication to what he describes as ‘the best two hours of my week’ has now paid off after volunteering at the station for more than four years.




The former Harris student told The Observer he clicked with radio straight away and would ring up and enter competitions when he was a youngster.

He added: “When I was 15 I completed some work experience with RugbyFM and it snowballed from there.


“Our show is a magazine production with the usual news and weather features. We’ll read through the papers and get patients at the hospital interacting with us.

“We try and visit the wards as much as possible so patients can send us their requests – it’s lovely to know we’ve made someone’s day when they tell us how happy they were when a particular song comes on.

“I’ll often arrive at the hospital at 8.30am on a Monday to sort the show’s content out, we then go on air from 11am until 1pm – it’s the best two hours of my week.”

Dan admitted he was shocked to be nominated for the award after he received a nomination in last year’s awards ceremony too – explaining it’s rare to be nominated in two successive years.

It was a Happy New Year for Dan when he discovered his second nomination shortly after the clock ticked past midnight on New Year’s Eve.

He said: “I never imagined I’d be nominated two years on the bounce, it’s credit to the great team I work with.

“There’s roughly 35 people who volunteer at the station and for my show there’s myself, my co-host and our runner who collects all the song requests – it’s a team effort.”

Dan’s UHCW Radio colleague Marta Amado has also been shortlisted for an award on the night.

Marta has been nominated for the prestigious Best Newcomer prize – awarded to those who have been in hospital radio for two years or less.

Kristine Horne, head of voluntary services said: “I’m over the moon for Marta and Dan as they both really deserve their nominations.

“They are part of an incredibly hardworking and dedicated team of volunteers who regularly give up their free time to entertain our patients and keep the station on air and I wish them the best of luck at the awards.”

Organised by the Hospital Broadcasting Association, the National Hospital Radio Awards recognises the best and most creative individuals in hospital radio.

This year, the awards ceremony is being held in Bolton on Saturday, March 25.

Visit www.coventryhospitalradio.org to tune into UHCW Radio and listen to previous episodes.

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