BBC Radio Suffolk’s breakfast presenter Mark Murphy and drivetime presenter Stephen “Foz” Foster have been signed up by Hospital Radio Ipswich (HRI).
The radio station which broadcasts to the patients at Ipswich’s Heath Road Hospital is celebrating it’s 40 birthday this year and also entering a new phase in their history with a potential “global” listenership.
From Saturday 9th July in addition to using the hospital’s entertainment system, listeners will also be able to hear the station via it’s website at www.hri.org.uk.
On the 9th July the station will broadcast live from 6am through until midnight with some special programmes. At 9am BBC Radio Suffolk will link up with HRI for a simulcast programme presented by Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy and HRI’s Tim Ward. During this programme the hospital station will also begin broadcasting on the internet.
At lunchtime Stephen Foster, who like Mark Murphy started his broadcasting career at HRI, will return to the station to present a live programme.
Mark Murphy will join the hospital broadcasters in the afternoon to present a programme from HRI’s studios.
An HRI spokesman said “Broadcasting via the internet will allow people to take the station home with them when they leave hospital. We regularly play requests for patients who ask if their family can hear it as well, now they can. We are pleased to welcome home Mark and Foz.”
Hospital Radio Ipswich is a registered charity and operated by volunteers who also regularly carry out fundraising activities to continue the station’s work.
For more information about Hospital Radio Ipswich visit www.hri.org.uk or call 01473 704666.