Truro’s hospital and community radio station welcomed a very special guest into its new studio at the Royal Cornwall Hospital this weekend.
Spotlight front man Justin Leigh is also Honorary President of CHBN Radio, and this was his first chance to see the station’s new second studio which has been in operation since the station launched across the community on 100.8 FM in April 2014.
Around 15 of the station’s members were on hand to meet Justin and talk about what they do at CHBN.
Justin said: ‘It has been wonderful to meet everyone, and I am mightily impressed with the new studio. I was impressed with the original studio with all its computers and technology, but this is something else and as good as anything we have at the BBC.’
Speaking on air to CHBN presenter Jason Moyle, Justin went on to reminisce about his time as a hospital radio presenter back in the late 80's when the station was known as Truro Hospital Radio and he presented a Saturday evening request show.
'Back then we just had two record decks, a cartridge machine for jingles and a cassette player,’ Justin explained. ‘I don’t think some of the younger listeners will know what they are.’
Justin also spoke about how his time on hospital radio led to him getting a job with Radio Cornwall and then, of course, on Spotlight.
He finished by paying tribute to the CHBN members, who are all volunteers, saying: ‘The station has really gone from strength to strength and provides such a professional service not just to the patients in hospital but now also to people across the community.'
CHBN Chairman Mark Sanders said: ‘I am immensely proud of the long association we have had with Justin and the support he has given us over the years.'