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.