A MILESTONE will be marked with a marathon at Rugby Hospital Radio as it celebrates its 45th birthday this weekend.
Presenters at the St Cross station will stay on air for 45 consecutive hours – one for each year it has been broadcasting – to host a series of special anniversary programmes.
They include a nostalgic show looking back at 1972 – the year the station was founded – and an interview with hospital manager Juliet Starkey.
DJs will get a helping hand from special guests including Mayor Belinda Garcia and Willy Goldschmidt, chairman of the Friends of St Cross charity.
Station chairman Mike O’Connor said: “I’m delighted we have reached this important milestone.
“We have such a great team of volunteers who are a friend at the bedside for the patients of the Hospital of St Cross.
“We have about 50 volunteers working for us which is amazing. It’s a great experience for everyone who gets involved and we’d welcome applications to join us.”
Committee member Steve Lee, who organised the radio-thon, added: “It’s brilliant to be able to celebrate this important birthday with a fun event for patients and our members.
“There won’t be any breaks in the live schedule for listeners in the hospital and we hope they will find our special shows greatly enjoyable.
“It’s going to be a big challenge for us but it’ll also be very rewarding delivering so many quality shows for patients.”
Chris Seddon, Modern Matron at St Cross, added: “The volunteers at the radio station provide such a valuable service to our patients, being a friend at the bedside over the airwaves, as well as visiting them face-to-face to get song requests.
“On behalf of all the staff at the hospital, I want to thank the team for 45 years of service to our patients. We hope to hear you for many years to come.”
The marathon will start at 6pm on Friday (September 15) and end at 3pm on Sunday (September 17).
Contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (01788) 663 493 to request a song for a friend or relative at the hospital.