The Charity “Truro Hospital Radio” was formed
back in July 1980, although a Hospital Radio service in Truro
dates back to the 1960’s when it was called the “Patient’s
Record Request Programme”. Truro Hospital Radio was established
with the help of the Lions Club of Truro; not only did they
provide financial help to purchase some of the original equipment,
many of the club’s members at the time were involved
in the early days of the station.
Over the years the service has seen many members volunteer
with the station, some of whom have made careers in the media
industry; Justin Leigh (BBC Spotlight), David George (BBC Spotlight),
David White (BBC Radio Cornwall), James Dundon (Pirate FM),
Jonathan Morrell (ITV Tyne Tees/Sky News) are some famous names
who volunteered with Truro Hospital Radio in the past.
The station has also seen many changes of locations with
our studios being in numerous places from between the Tower
lifts on the fourth floor to one of the staff residential
buildings (see picture) – this was the station’s home for
over 10 years! In early 2006 we moved into newly furnished
and equipped, “state-of-the-art”, studios in
the basement of the Tower Block, allowing us once again to
to our audience.
had a major impact on the station in recent years. In 2002
the station started broadcasting 24 Hours a
day with the help of a computerised sustaining service used
when presenters were not in the studio. The computer system
also allowed most of our commonly played songs to be available
at the click of a mouse. However, equipment like record players
are still regularly used at the station and our presenters
often find themselves searching through our extensive vinyl
library in search of a patient’s request.
Autumn 2008 Truro Hospital Radio extended its broadcasting
to St. Michael’s Hospital in Hayle and West Cornwall
Hospital in Penzance through the NHS IT Network. These hospitals
have had their own broadcasting service in the past; however
the services closed a number of years ago. Now patients there
can enjoy the services provided by Truro Hospital Radio and
have opportunities to request their favourite song to be played
whilst they are in hospital.
To coincide with the launch of our broadcasting to the two
hospitals in West Cornwall, the charity changed its working
name, or identity to be Cornwall Hospital Broadcasting Network
(CHBN) to reflect our provision of entertainment to those in
other areas of the county.
The committed team at CHBN have many big plans for the future
development of the station and the services that they provide,
however, despite many membership and facility changes over
the years the station is proud that the core values of the
service in providing entertainment to the patients can still
be demonstrated today.
The charity would like to express its gratitude to the Voluntary
Services department at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust for
the support and encouragement they provide, to develop our
As a registered charity we rely
entirely upon volunteers, fundraising and associate support
to support our current service
and ongoing improvements. We are always keen to welcome new
members and businesses to support our work and join our increasing
list of supporters.