All Things Bright And Musical
by Wendy Swinton-Eagle
For over forty years Mid Downs Radio has been wishing people well, and now it’s easy to listen in thanks to our bright new website.
‘Variety is our strength’ is one of our catchphrases and it applies as much to our presenters who range from 18 to 80, as it does to the range of entertainment we broadcast. Take Luis Santos, for example, or Luis F, his DJ name. Luis was brought up in a small village near Oporto in Portugal where he played drums and keyboard in his cousin’s band. At the age of 14 he travelled alone to England to join his parents. He didn’t speak a word of English but in typical Luis fashion soon set about learning it so he could help his parents.
Working in the Princess Royal Hospital one day he saw the door to our studio open and went in to find out what was going on. A few months later under the mentorship of Poppa Roy Randall, he passed his presenter training and launched his own show ‘In the Mix Sessions’, a blend of all kinds of music.
He also joined the committee, and spotting a few shortcomings in our website, set about redesigning it. “I wanted us to have something bright and modern to reflect how we are,” he says, and the new website is all of that.
It has some cool new features too. Listeners can now link directly to the Tunein app and listen to Mid Downs Radio on mobiles and tablets as well as Live On Line, locally on 1350AM and on speakers throughout the hospital. Listeners can see who is on air at any time and hear podcasts of previous broadcasts, a feature which Luis is expanding on along with our social media profile.
Hospital Radio is run entirely by volunteers and we always welcome new members in various roles including ward request collectors, to train as presenters or as technical support. For more information and to see our wonderful new website visit www.mdr.org.uk