The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, took some time out from his busy schedule in the final few weeks of his tenure to drop into the studios of Radio South Tyneside for a chat.
Cllr Porthouse came along to help mark the 60th Anniversary of the service and remarked how impressed he was with such a professional organisation provided entirely by volunteers.
The Mayor then had a chat on air with Station Manager Ron Cameron looking back on some of the many civic events he has presided over in the borough over the previous 12 months.
Radio South Tyneside is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary in 2016 with a number of events planned to mark the occasion over the summer. More details can be found on their website at www.radiosouthtyneside.co.uk.
Radio South Tyneside is a FREE entertainment and information service and can be found on Channel 1 of the bedside entertainment system in South Tyneside District Hospital.
In 1956, Walt Disney opened his first theme park in California and a small group of radio hams started a community radio station in South Shields. Both Disneyland and Radio South Tyneside are still going strong and both celebrate their 60th Anniversary this year.
To mark their anniversary, Radio South Tyneside have a number of events throughout the year and to kick start this, they are holding an open day at their studios in South Tyneside District Hospital on Saturday 19th March from 11am.
Visitors can see the station in action, meet volunteers and find out what being a member involves. Station Communications Manager, Simon Smith said “Despite being 60, there is still a huge interest in the service we provide both to the hospital and the wider community. By holding an open day, more people can see what being a volunteer at the station means.”
To arrange a visit, call 0844 5865201.
As part of the stations 60th anniversary, Radio South Tyneside have five guaranteed places in this years Great North Run. The biggest half marathon in the world runs past the stations home at South Tyneside District Hospital. #GNR2016
If you missed out on the general ballot, you can apply here. Still a few places left, apply today.
Good luck! #RST@60
Patients, staff and visitors at South Tyneside District Hospital can now enjoy music and chat with their coffee as Radio South Tyneside now broadcasts to Alexanders Coffee Shop in the Ingham Wing.
With the help of the Trust, speakers have been installed which enables the stations programmes to be heard around the coffee shop as well as in the out patients department.
Station Manager Ron Cameron said “We have been in discussion with the Trust for some time about widening the availability of our free service around the hospital and by installing the speakers more of the community around the hospital can now listen. Having a wider audience enables us to provide a background soundtrack to the hospital day as well as informing patients, visitors and staff of other services available.”
“2016 is our 60th Anniversary and this additional output is a stepping stone to providing an online service for the whole of South Tyneside.”
Despite the wet Boxing Day weather, Radio South Tyneside once again hosted the annual Boxing Day Dip for Cancer Connections.
This years event was the biggest ever staged with 250 people braving the cold North Sea at Littlehaven Beach in South Shields to support the charity. Patron's of Cancer Connections Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix and Paralympian Josef Craig MBE were at the event with Jade braving the dip with the younger 'dippers' and Josef starting the countdown. South Tyneside Mayor Cllr Richard Porthouse also took part in the dip - his second of the day in South Shields!
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Community radio station, Radio South Tyneside has received a donation that will literally keep them on the air! Maplin Electronics in Newcastle have recently donated two UPS systems which over-rides any interruption to the stations power supply meaning patients at South Tyneside District Hospital do not lose their favourite station.
Speaking about the donation, Station Manager Ron Cameron said, “For some time now, we have tweeted with the staff at Maplin’s and when they asked if there was anything they could donate to help us, the power supply solution was obvious. Being situated in a hospital, regular tests are carried out on the hospital power which can disrupt our broadcasts; having this generous donation means this will no longer be the case.”
Maplin are joining a growing number of supporters for the station, which hopes to launch an online service soon. They recently received sponsorship from Leeds Building Society, which has a branch in the hospital.
“As a self funding charity, we have always depended on the generosity of local businesses to help fund the station but it is nice to see some national names such as Maplin’s and The Leeds supporting the station too” says Ron.
Radio South Tyneside has announced a new sponsor for their On Request programme with Leeds Building Society backing the show until the end of 2015. Leeds Building Society have a branch in South Tyneside District Hospital - and are virtually next door neighbours to the station which has broadcast free to the patients and staff for almost 60 years.
Speaking about the sponsorship, Communications Manager Simon Smith said "2016 will be the stations 60th Anniversary and one of our main ambitions to mark the event is to begin broadcasting online so that people who have enjoyed our programming whilst in hospital, can continue to do so at home. We are a self funding charity so any corporate help like we have received from Leeds Building Society is more than welcome."
To earmark the relationship, Leeds Building Society are giving customers the chance to win a Kindle Fire HD, simply by visiting their branch in the hospital. The branch is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am - 2.30pm.
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