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The Sound of Sunday on HRB

Back for Series 27

It may be the start of our new series, but we've hardly been off the air.  Our summer special recorded at Alton's PArty in the Park and our award-nominated It Started with Swap Shop filling our break from live shows fro the last two weekends.

We're back live this weekend though with all our regular fatures, carrying on where the last series left off really.  Series 26 had more requests, and more phone calls than we have ever had – which is what hospital radio is all about.  We even had to extend the show on a number of occasions due to the number of requests and phone calls!

The new run will start with lots of running – as Memory Makers goes back to the years of previous World Athletics Championships.  We hope to have more guests from Blue Peter on over the next year as that show gets ready to celebrate 60 years on the air, and of course every week we will give away a Sainsbury's Goody bag in our week prize draw that will celebrate its fifth anniversary in October.  

We'll also be followed once a month by Residents' Requests, a feature of HRB's programme schedule that started last year and which has contributed hundreds of requests during that time from the residents of Ashley House and Basingfield Court Care homes.  

And at some point very soon, HRB itself will play its 100,000th request.  Will it be on a Sunday afternoon?  You never know, but someone will get a special surprise whenever it might be.

Join us every Sunday for the next 12 months live from 1.30pm.

The BIG Broadcast 2017 – a BIG Success

It was the biggest such event that hospital radio has ever been involved in – The BIG Broadcast 2017 joined together 37 hospital radio stations for 48 hours of special guests, live music, requests, radio bingo and much more over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

Richard Smith and his team went on air from his studio in Lancashire at 6pm on Saturday.  Programmes included live musical performances, special guests and a game of national radio bingo, which was played by patients listening in around the country including those at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital. 

Musical guests included the Pendle Jazz Men performing live.

Singer Kiki DeVille also performed live. 

Other celebrity appearances included Phil Tufnell, Jonathan Agnew, Matt Allwright, Matthew Wright, Lorraine Kelly, Larry Lamb, Andi Peters, Ruth Langsford and Debbie McGee.

HRB was part of the event with a one-hour 80s special hosted by Neil Ogden and Mel Montagnon, which included the weekly Sainsbury's draw, won by John on C3.  Co-Presenter Mel Montagnon delivered the prize on the air during the show.

Most importantly there was plenty of opportunity for requests collected by participating stations and phoned in by listeners around the UK.

It was the 7th BIG Broadcast and the news that was announced right at the end of the show is that the team will return for an 8th time live on New Year's Eve at mid-day for a show to see in the new year.



Live on The BIG Broadcast 2017 this weekend


For one hour on Sunday afternoon, The Sound of Sunday will be live on The Big Broadcast 2017.

We'll be broadcasting an hour of eighties music from HRB's studios on the 30 hospital radio stations that are taking the show including Auckland Hospital Radio, Radio Frimley Park and Hospital Radio Reading. 

Mel Montagnon will be joining in too and will deliver the Sainsbury's prize after the draw is done at 2.15pm.

The music will be a mix of tunes that all have something to do with TV or film in the 1980s – and it will be a bit of an eclectic mix. 

So join us on Hospital Radio Basingstoke and across the UK on The BIG Broadcast 80s Hour on Sunday 30 April from 2pm.



It Started with Swap Shop Wins at National Hospital Radio Awards 2017

Our special show that celebrated 40 years since the start of Saturday morning TV has scooped an award at the NAtional Hospital Radio Awards 2017.

The show was nominated twice – in the Best Speech Package for the programme itself and in the category of Best Station Promotion for the programme trailer – it's in that category that we have won BRONZE.

The trailer, which was 1 minute long featured some short clips from the show as well as contributors including Trev and Simon, Andi Peters, Basil Brush and Mark Rhodes.

The programme itself will be repeated on HRB during Easter weekend. 

For a full list of all the winners go to the HBA's website at

The Sound of Sunday Nominated for Two Awards – TONIGHT

It's the 2017 National Hospital Radio Awards tonight and we will will find out which, if any, of our two nominations turn into awards.

Our special programme "It Started with Swap Shop" has been nominated twice – in Best Speech Package and in Best Station Promotion. 

The awards will be held at a gala awards ceremony at the Cloisters in Bolton tonight.

For a list of the nominations in all the categories and to find details of all the winners, go to

Getting Ready for The Big Broadcast

On 29 April, Richard Smith and his team will once again go live across a network of hospital radio stations around the UK.  Previous Big Broadcasts have run for around 24 hours on New Year's Eve.  This year, the show will be on air for 48 hours during the spring bank holiday weekend.

There will be a whole range of shows broadcast as part of the event including live music and special guests, and as part of the event, some of the particpating statiosn have been invited to broadcast an hour live from their own studios.

Therefore, The Sound of Sunday will be live at 2pm on Sunday 30 April on over 30 stations around the UK.  The show will be an hour of eighties music and will also feature the weekly Sainsbury's draw.

More details about the show will be announced in the next few weeks, but get ready for the BIGGEST Big Broadcast ever, live from 6pm on 29 April.

We LOVE Phone calls

The phone has always played an important part on the show – we have a phone in competition every week and of course we ask for requests by phone too. 

The last couple of weeks though, the phones seem to go crazy both on The ASound of Sunday and on HRB in general.  Nearly 30 reauests were phoned in over a period of two days – and that just makes it worth while knowing that we have listeners who are tuning in and taking part in the show.

So please call HRB during any Music on Demand show.  We like phone calls and we like getting requests via phone calls.

Pick up your bedside phone and press the HOSPITAL RADIO button on the screen – and it's free.

See you on Sunday!


2 Award Nominations for It Started with Swap Shop

Our special show that told the story of BBC Saturday morning TV has been nominated for two awards at the National Hospital Radio Awards 2017.

The nominations were announced on New Year's Day and It Started With Swap Shop appears on the shortlist of the Best Station Promotion category and the Best Speech Package category.

The awards, organised by the Hospital Broadcasting Association, will be presented at a gala awards ceremony in Bolton in March. 

In the meantime, there wiill be another chance to hear the show on HRB in a few weeks time.

Christmas Specials

We have lots of special shows coming up over the Christmas holiday period.  Here's your guide to what you can hear and when.


Our annual 6 hour Christams extravaganza includes interviews witht eh local pantos, plus Bob Lowe and Dame Esther Rantzen, requests for Basingfield Court and plenty of crakcer pulling and instant requests around the wards.


Our last show of the year will include the Tadley Band recorded live plus all the regular features.


As part of our 1000th show back in March, we went for a behind the secenes tour of this popular venue, scene of so many Team GB medals in 2012.


Every week we give away a Sainsbury's goody bag courtesy of Sainsbury's at Liphook.  On Christmas Day, we have a compilation of some of those prizes being delivered to the winners.


Back in May 2016, the whole show came from the Channel Island of Guernsey.  This is another chance to hear what we got up to and find out a bit more about this fantstic location.


Originally broadcast live from the home of London 2012, this show visits all the main venues of the park trying to prove that the park is still very much open to the public to spend time in and enjoy.


Another chance to hear our special documentary marking 40 years since Saturday morning TV changed forever when Multi Coloutred Swap Shop went on the air for the first time.

FIRST SHOW OF 2017 1 JANUARY 1.30 – 4pm

A live show for New Year's Day including the nominations for the National Hospital Radio Awards 2017.


Another chance to hear our coverage of this popular local village fete including live music and the Brain Teaser competition.



Getting Ready for Another BIG Christmas Show


It's that time of the year again – the time when The Sound of Sunday puts together its biggest show of the year.

The "Big Christmas Show" as it is called has been running in one form or another since 1996 although it was 1997 when we believe the Christmas Cracker Dash was first part of the show.  It has definitely been there every Christmas since 2001 and is now the traditional start of the HRB Christmas schedules.

The first local panto guest was Keith Chegwin in 1998, and our connection to The Anvil in Basingstoke continues to this day with at least one member of the Sleeping Beauty cast joining us on the show this year.

Back in 1997, the crackers were taken round by just one person (then HRB presenter Katheryn Evans).  This year we have a team of 5 and it is the centrepiece of what will be a five and a half hour show.  This year for the first time, we have requests for the residents of Basingfield Court Care Home in Old Basing during the final hour of the show.

Something else that has been part opf the show for many years is the competition where a member of staff can win a family ticket to see the Anvil's Christmas panto – and that will be no different this year.

The number of special guests in each show has increased enourmously over the years and the show has taken on an identity of its own over the last few years.  The 2013 show was 6 hours of the most intsense live radio I have ever done but it was also some of the most fun radio I've ever done because it involved so many factors that all came together at the right time and in the right way.  We never know quite how many crackers we're going to pull because that depends on the number of people in hospital.  One year I'm sure it will be very quiet!

So at 12pm on 11 December, with special guests, competitions and loads of crackers, we will once again present the ASound of Sunday Big Christmas Show, for the 19th time, and officially launch the Christmas schedule on HRB.


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