BHBS is a hospital radio station, not a community or commercial station. We rely entirely on donations, collections and fundraising efforts to raise the £10,000 or so that it needs to continue each year. That means that every member is expected to help with all the jobs needed to run the station, ranging from cleaning, cataloguing, collecting and all the other humdrum jobs before we even think about broadcasting.
There are about 70 members of BHBS, all unpaid volunteers. Occupations range from company director to unemployed, and student to retired. Only a few actually work for the health service, other occupations include airline pilot, schoolteacher, electronics engineer, accountant and many others. Longest serving member is Geoff Rose who started as a football commentator in 1953. Geoff was one of the team of commentators at Ashton Gate at the start of our second season of broadcasting. Since those far off days Geoff has also presented his weekly jazz programme and many sports magazine programmes as well as doing commentary on football, cricket, rugby, wrestling and even a lady snake charmer!
What do we expect of you?
To join BHBS you must complete an application form. You will then be be invited to an informal interview at which you will also get to look round the studios. If you are accepted onto the training scheme we will require that you're able to turn up for four consecutive Saturday mornings. If all goes to plan, you'll be relieved of a modest membership fee and become a full member.
Each evening the personnel work as a team and each member of a team has a job to do, if one member fails to turn up then someone else has to cover, if more than one person fails to turn up then we are in even worse trouble. We ask that you are able to commit yourself to one evening/afternoon a week and to reliably turn up on that evening, if not then inform the studio as soon as you know that you cannot make it.
for Careers in the Media
In common with many hospital radio stations, BHBS places the patients' musical tastes above our own presenters'. So, expect Harry Secombe to be more popular than the Spice Girls and don't be put off by the wide age range of hospital radio volunteers.
We also tend to consider how long you might be a member. So a student six months away from starting a university course miles away is unlikely to be offered membership. You may be great, but by the time you're trained you would be leaving us.