Patients in Clonmel hospital have a smile on their faces those days, as they tune into their very own radio station. Staff and patients turn the dial to 93.7FM - South Tipperary General Hospital Radio, from 3pm to 11pm on weekdays and 10am to 6pm Saturdays and Sundays, to hear requests and dedications, as well as hospital information.
South Tipperary General Hospital Radio is the brainchild of the Friends of South Tipperary General Hospital Group who have been in existence over the years, helping out with and raising money for various projects in and out of the hospital.
The group members are putting on their headphones and spinning the discs at the station, as are several of hospital staff, and members of the public who want to help out or have an interest in radio and music.
The signal is beamed out from two equipped rooms at the hospital, which up to eleven years ago were part of the laundry facilities.
RTE producer Eoin Ryan, who started his career at Tipp FM, launched the station on May 18, 2000, and it has gone from strength-to-strength since then
One indication of its popularity is number of requests received. In one month alone, 547 were logged, which works out at more than 18 per day. The programmes are aimed at the hospital community.
The station is run by a team of volunteers who include presents and technicians. Some of these are new to broadcasting, but some have been involved since the early days of local hospital radio, with the past 12 years
A word from our Station Manager:
It was about 12 years ago that I first had the idea of a radio
communication system in the hospital. I always felt that the time
could be very long, lying in bed all day, maybe music, chat and religious
programmes would help to make a hospital stay easier.
It’s my privilege to be manager of our wonderful South Tipperary General Hospital Radio 93.7FM - our much praised
radio broadcasting station in South Tipperary General Hospital
which is on the air eight hours each day.
I would like to thank the many wonderful people for their time and effort in getting our station under way.
From the feedback from patients and staff, all seem to enjoy the
brightness it has brought into hospital life.
||South Tipperary General Hospital Radio
||South Tipperary General Hospital