Radio Freeway is Hospital Radio, located in Morriston Hospital, Morriston, Swansea, UK. Began in 1968, when it was set-up by a few ambitious, hard working individuals. In those early days and until quite recently the station was known as Radio LF (League of Friends).
Funding for the project was partly provided by the volunteers, as a result of various fund raising events and also by the generosity of the Morriston Hospital League of Friends.
In those days, the radio studio was situated in a room which affectionately became known as the ‘Bunker’. It was a small room with no windows and an extremely low ceiling. If you were tall you were in danger of becoming a patient very quickly. In 1979 the studio moved its location from inside the Hospital buildings to a portacabin in the grounds of the hospital. In 1990, it was decided that the radio station needed a new name and a fresh image. After wading through pages of names, the name Radio Freeway was finally chosen.
In the summer of 1996 work began on building a new studio area, once again, inside the hospital. The membership worked hard to buy new equipment and with help also given by the league of friends and the kindness and generosity of the Trust at Morriston Hospital, a new 3 Studio complex was created. Radio Freeway is manned by volunteers who broadcast to the wards throughout the week and at weekends. Over the years, our potential audience figures have increased as the hospital continues to expand. In the very near future we will gain even more listeners, as a result of the new Cardiac Centre coming on line. Programmes range from the popular Record Request Show through to more specialist programmes, such as local sport and radio drama. Outside broadcasts also feature in programme schedules, with items such as ‘live’ Quiz shows. Throughout the year, we will be running regular recruitment drives, for more volunteer ward visitors, request collectors and of course radio presenters. Martin wishes to express his thanks to Radio Freeway for the continued support over the years – and also for the provision of the crew, with whose help has made everything possible.
For a small donation to our radio service we could help you with a project that you may be planning, e.g., recording of narration for various productions such as Puppet Shows and Amateur Dramatics. Please contact us for further details. Around 1999, regular visits to the Children’s Ward began. This further developed with Ted’s Team – this has continued to be one of the most popular high profile projects at Radio Freeway.
Volts ArtZ was an arts programme, which was on air every Tuesday on internet radio, which is currently resting. The programme tries to help unsigned musician, artists, actors and new authors as well as celebrating the arts in Wales and on the International stage.
Whilst we have a relatively successful radio service, we continually strive to improve the standards of broadcasting that we offer our listeners. If you feel you could help us in some way then we’d be happy to hear from you.
Heol Maes Eglwys
Alternatively call: 07831 245 011, and ask for Martin or Paul with reference to “Radio Freeway”.
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