was raised for charities and other good causes at Weston Rotary
Club's Christmas fayre, and Sunshine Radio was there to help!
The event, staged
at the Winter Gardens and attended by a host of local dignitaries
and saw more than 60 groups promoting their activities and raising
money towards key services.
president of event organisers Weston Rotary Club, paid tribute afterwards
to those who had helped make the event a success.
He said: "We would like to thank Weston Town Council for its
sponsorship and Sunshine Radio for their broadcasts, jingles and
great support during the day."
were busy throughout the day interviewing the various charities
and giving them the opportunity to tell vistors more about the work
from Sunshine Radio said "It was a really busy day, but so
nice to be able to speak with so many wonderful charities. It was
a great event and we're looking forward to next years!"
right: Sue Walker, Ruthe Nattee, Steve Ledbrook and in the back
is Jack, ready to attack, mixing it up and making fools look wack,
and when the mix is done you're carried home in a sack....yeah boyyy!
[05/10/09] NEW MAYOR IS 'TALK OF THE
The Mayor of
Weston popped into the Sunshine Hospital Radio studio to take part
in a brand new talk show.
Mayor Mike Kellaway-Marriott
and Mayoress Carmela Bianco de Kellaway aired their views on the
seaside town in the topical evening show, ‘Talk of the Town’.
with host Laura Tremelling and co-host Selina Cross they debated
issues affecting the town, including the pier redevelopment and
the ever contentious Tropicana!
Kellaway-Marriott was very supportive of pier owners Kerry and Michelle
Michael, and is looking forward to seeing the pier restored for
the people of Weston to enjoy.
He also spoke
of his love for the town saying:
“It is a great honour to be the mayor of such a wonderful
place.We came to the town for a holiday and decided straight away
that we wanted to move here…..and we have been here ever since”
the hour long show they were taken on a tour of the wards by wardrounder
Victoria King. There they met patients, and wished them a speedy
of the Town’ is a new show to Sunshine Radio, every Monday
evening 7pm-8pm, where patients and a studio guest discuss topical
issues in Weston.
have seen MP John Penrose, Weston College principle Paul Phillips.,
Weston Hospicecare fundraiser Penny Star and Roger Noble from STAR
Radio all talk about the town.
lined up include Kerry Michael, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, the R.N.L.I.,
musician Adam Lipinski and a Halloween special with the Witch of
Wookey Hole Caves!
right: Selina Cross, Mayor Mike Kellaway-Marriott and Mayoress.Carmela
Bianco de Kellaway, Laura Tremelling.
[19/07/09] T4 ON THE BEACH '09!
once again played host to T4 on the Beach, when thousands of people
descended on the town to watch acts such as The Saturdays, Peter
Andre, JLS and Alesha Dixon. Sunshine Radio presenters, Laura Tremelling
and Matt Begent were invited to interview the stars.
spoke of his love for Weston, which he visited as a child, and said
he was honoured to perform at T4. When Peter was asked what song
he would request if he was in hospital, he said anything by the
Jackson 5 because he admired the family and said that any song by
them would lift him up, and make him smile.
Faith gave an interview straight after her performance. She was
very friendly, happy to chat and was particularly interested in
the work of Sunshine Radio. Paloma was also asked what song she
would like to hear if she was in hospital, and whilst she couldn’t
choose a specific song she did say it would have to be something
more upbeat than relaxing.
While in the
press tent, the wardrounders spotted Malachy from Hollyoaks, played
by Glen Wallace. The actor talked about hospital radio, and said
he thought it was a brilliant idea, a great way for people to help
others and learn about radio at the same time!
Many stars at
T4 recorded “Get Well” messages, which can be heard
exclusively on Sunshine Radio. One of the most memorable was Keith
Lemon, the fictional character created by Leigh Francis. He joked
with the wardrounders about radio and kangaroo attacks, and recorded
a very funny “Get Well” message. Keith said that laughter
is the best medicine, and so he wanted to make the patients laugh.
day the yellow ‘Never mind the Anaesthetic’ t-shirts
worn by sunshine radio members were praised. Many of the stars commented
on how much they liked them, and asked where they could get one
from! (via HERE of course!)
right: Peter Andre being interviewed by Sunshine Radio at T4 on
In his last
evening as the Mayor of Weston super Mare, Andrew Horler paid a
visit to the Sunshine Radio studio accompanied by Mayoress Camilla
de Bernhardt Dunkin.
The Mayor & Mayoress had chosen Sunshine Hospital Radio as one
of their three 'Charities of the Year' and during the relaxed interview
with Marcus they discussed the many public engagements and
fundraising events that the prestigious role had taken them to.
Music was also
on the agenda as the Mayor was asked to choose three songs. The
first was one that he would choose if he were in hospital and wanted
to be cheered up, and he chose Mr E's Beautiful Blues by Eels.
He explained that whilst not a being a particular fan of the band
it was one track that always made him smile.
The second song
was one that meant something special to him. Honey and the Moon
by Joseph Arthur was the track of choice. This less well known
song is featured on the soundtrack to the TV show, the O.C. The
Mayor dedicated the lyrically beautiful track to the Mayoress, Camilla
de Bernhardt Dunkin.
His final choice
was a song to dedicate to the patients of Weston General Hospital.
This was a tricky choice for him as songs can mean something different
to different people. In the end he chose a song that was uplifting
and full of energy, he went with Viva la Vida by Coldplay.
The Mayor &
Mayoress have had a very successful term in 2008/2009 and the team
at Sunshine Hospital Radio would like to thank them for their support
and wish them all the best for the future!
right: Mayor Andrew Horler and Mayoress Camilla de Bernhardt Dunkin
[07/04/09] PARKY POPS IN!
The King of
interviews, Sir Michael Parkinson paid a visit to Sunshine Radio
today (Mon) to help promote the 'Dignity Campaign'.
The legendary broadcaster has been appointed a "dignity ambassador"
in the governments campaign to ensure that everyone using care and
health services are treated with dignity and respect at all times.
had accepted an invitation to visit the general hospital when he
met with Staff Nurse Jayne Biddiscombe last year – shortly
after she became the 3,000th Dignity Champion in the NHS.
tour of the wards, Sir Michael, 74, made time for a quick interview
with Sunshine P.R. Officer Marcus. During the interview Sir
Michael explained about how he'd agreed to be involved with the
Dignity Campaign because of his mother's experience in care, where
he saw at first hand what can happen, he said "I saw a mixture
of indifference and wonderful nursing."
They also found time to chat about current topical issues such as
Jade Goody's mistreatment by the media, how Frank Sinatra would
fair on the X Factor, as well as Sir Michael's passion for music.
whole interview can be heard exclusively on Sunshine Radio.)
right: (Top) Marcus, Sir Michael Parkinson, Steve Ledbrook
& Sue Walker
(Below) Sir Michael admires our playlist, Sinatra, Fitzgerald &
The Beatles all feature!
AWARD FOR SUNSHINE RADIO'S PIER FIRE COVERAGE.
Hospital Radio were once again award winners at this years 'National
Hospital Broadcasting Association (H.B.A.) Radio Awards.'
that broadcast from Weston General Hospital, were presented with
an elegant glass trophy in recognition for their coverage of the
tragic Grand Pier fire.
The volunteers were complimented for capturing the emotions of the
day, and it was noted that, as an event that drew international
media interest, it was high praise that the local hospital radio
station should receive an award for the quality of their coverage.
The gala award
ceremony took place at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool on Saturday
28th of March with ITV's Dr Chris Steele presenting awards.
The evening also featured video messages from Sir Terry Wogan and
the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, both of whom congratulated the
hospital radio volunteers for their hard work and commitment.
Officer Marcus said "We're all absolutely thrilled with
this award! Particular acknowledgment has to go to the team that
were out recording and broadcasting interviews with the public from
first thing in the morning until late that evening.
We always try
and keep our listeners informed of significant events, which is
particularly important for those who have had a long stay in hospital."
He added, "This
is a great start to the year for us, and we hope to use the momentum
from this to go on and fund raise enough money to introduce a new
hybrid telephone system which will allow us greater on-air interaction
with the patients as well as their friends and family."
owner of the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare said: “It was
a terrible day for us and the media coverage worldwide was unprecedented
with pictures appearing on the front page of the local newspaper
in Sydney, Australia and over three million hits on the BBC website.
the events of the day were most important to Weston people and it
is fantastic that people gave up their time to ensure those in hospital
on that day were kept informed. It is great that Sunshine Hospital
Radio has received this award and we look forward to them broadcasting
from the pier when we re-open.”
also received an armful of prestigious radio accolades for other
areas of their broadcasts, including a pier documentary and an Occupational
Therapy health care promotion.
right: Steve Ledbrook (Programme Controller), June Snowden (H.B.A.
President), Katy Blake (Treasurer)
STAR BOWLS OVER THE LISTENERS.
Peter Trego took a break from his winter training to pop into the
Sunshine Radio studios on Saturday for a chat on the stations sports
show, Saturday Sports Focus.
The popular, Weston born, all-rounder proved to be a hit with the
listeners, answering their questions and recounting some of the
more amusing incidents he had witnessed on the pitch. One such event
focused on a "barking bowler" who, as the name suggests,
would run up to batsmen and bark at them after bowling them out.
Peter was also asked about his England aspirations, to which he
"Representing England would be a dream come true, but I have
to prove that I have the ability. I've been set targets that I must
reach and if I do that and the targets are raised then I'll simply
have to raise my game. I'm working hard and hopefully that will
show in our results this season."
right: Cricket star Peter Trego hits us for 6!
RADIO SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL AWARDS.
volunteers at Sunshine Hospital Radio have been informed this week
that they have been shortlisted in a total of four separate categories
for this year’s prestigious H.B.A. (Hospital Broadcasting
that they have reached the final ten in are: Station of the Year,
Special Event (coverage of the Grand Pier fire), Best Speech Package
(Grand Pier documentary) and Station Promotion (promotion of Occupational
hopes to be among just a handful of winners, which will be will
be revealed on March 28th at a glitzy ceremony in the Hilton Hotel,
the Awards, Marcus, Public Relations Officer for Sunshine
Radio, said: “It's fantastic to have reached the finals for
this year's awards, especially when you consider that the H.B.A.
represents over 220 stations from all over the U.K.
“Our shortlisting is testament to the dedication and hard
work of our volunteers, we're all keeping our fingers crossed for
when the judges make their announcement in March!”
Guests at last
years awards ceremony were greeted by a video message from long
standing Patron Sir Terry Wogan.
right: Patron of the H.B.A. Sir Terry Wogan.
AT CULTURAL DIVERSITY EVENT!
Radio were on hand to provide music and announcements throughout
the day at the North Somerset Cultural Diversity Festival.
Marcus said, "This was the first year that Sunshine Radio
were involved with the Diversity Festival and it was clear to see
why it has become such a popular event. Providing the music for
the colourful and vibrant dancers was a real pleasure."
He added, "We
met so many interesting people from such a broad range of countries,
it was the perfect opportunity to record 'Get Well' messages in
different languages for the foreign patients at Weston General Hospital.
We look forward to supporting next years event."
right: (Top): Sunshine O.B. Team playing the music for the traditional
Filipino dancers.(Bottom) Bollywood Dancers Becky Slade and Reshma