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A Brief History of Sunshine Hospital Radio


Weston Hospital Broadcasting Society (W.H.B.S) was formed in 1978 by the West Woodspring Rotoract Club. Their aim was to make patients stay in hospital a little easier by providing a wide range of programmes to suit all tastes.

A major fund-raising campaign was launched and the first programme was broadcast on July 26th 1978, a time when John Travolta & Olivia Newton John were at the top of the U.K. charts with "You're The One That I Want"– we have been broadcasting ever since!

In 1983 plans were made to amalgamate the four separate hospitals in the area into one new General Hospital. This meant that W.H.B.S was on the move, from their existing studios in the attic of Eastern House, Landermann Circus, to the new hospital in Grange Road, Uphill.

The station adopted the name Sunshine Radio and an independent organisation called the Friends of Sunshine Radio was set up to raise the £20,000 needed to build and equip the new studio facilities. The studio was operational on the morning the new hospital opened in 1986.

Since then we have gone from strength to strength and have built a second studio, which enables us to provide a greater choice of programmes for the patients.

The Award Winning Station!

Gold Award for Best Female Presenter Gold Award for Best Speech Package
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