Chippenham Hospital Radio celebrates 40 years on-air

Chippenham Hospital Radio reaches a milestone in its broadcasting history this June as it celebrates 40 years on-air.

The radio station based at Chippenham Community Hospital began broadcasting to patients on 9 June 1984 with a mixture of music, entertainment and request based programmes.

The radio station is run by a team of volunteers and is a registered charity.

To mark the occasion, they’ll be running some special programming between 8am and 4pm on Sunday 9 June with music from 1984 and 2024 as well as reflecting on the last 40 years. There will also be some special guests popping in to help celebrate the anniversary.

Station Manager, Simon Hyde said: “It’s amazing to be celebrating four decades on-air in Chippenham. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who have been involved in the radio station since 1984. The station is all about providing companionship to support people in hospital through music, news and engaging conversations - this was true back when it started and still is today.”

Chippenham Hospital Radio’s Patron, actor Steven McGann said: “Thank you to all the volunteers for all their hard work over the years and the volunteering that they do is so important. I’m so proud to be the patron of the radio station."

You can listen to Chippenham Hospital Radio around the hospital, as well as via their website, on the tunein radio app for your mobile and on smart speakers.

Photograph of launch day (L-R Gerry Rousell, George Rae, Terry Thring, Mike Temple, Sue Tucker, Ian Blackmore, Richard Holt, Nick Harvey, Nick Southern).