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The Sound of Sunday on HRB

When does “No Viewers” not mean “no” viewers? When the Daily Mail says it

A few weeks ago, the Daily Mail published an article with the headline "Is Blue Peter sunk? Children's show once watched by millions had NO viewers for an episode on digital TV".  Lots of people thought this meant that it was saying that Bue Peter has no viewers.  We sent an email via their website to ask why they had published an article with such a headline.  There were other inaccuracies within the article too.

We got no reply.

It took two written letters that were by their own admission "passed around to in-trays" to get a reply, which basically said that we didn't mean the show had no viewerrs and "obviously" there were people watching it.

The original article actually referred to a Tuesday afternoon repeat of a show that had actually already been on 3 times and had attracted what is the show's average audience.  

Lost on the reporter was the fact that the repeat showing it is actually referring to was actually shown with sign language and subtitles.  The article says that the Thursday evening livbe show had sign language and subtitles.

We invited the Daily Mail onto the show to answer the criticism from both us and many others in person.  No response to that whatsoever.

So Daily Mail, once again we give you a Bonehead of the Week award for writing an article full of half truths about a show that is much loved and enhjoyed by those who watch it.



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.

A Day of Magic in Alton

We were out and about at Alton's Party in the Park this weekend to record our summer special show that you can hear next weekend.

It was a day of magic themed stalls and activities to raise money for Alton Liosn supported charities and Treloars.

There was even a miniuture steam train on its way to Hogwarts.

Live music was provided by Trip Wire. 

The show will also preview some of the events that form part of the Basingstoke Festival, which starts on Friday, and you can hear it at 3pm on 18 June.


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.

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