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27th April 2019

Fundraising Boost

YHR's Phil Bewers (second left) receives the donation

 York Hospital Radio was delighted to receive a £500 donation from proceeds of the 2018 Community Carol Concert.

Organisers of the concert, of which the station are long-time supporters, have presented volunteers with the proceeds of December’s sell-out event at York Barbican. YHR's Phil Bewers (third left) was at the event to collect the donation.

Graham Bradbury, secretary of the carol concert group, said: “We are always delighted to be able to support local charities and help with the work they do in the community.”

This year’s concert will be on December 15 at 2.30pm. Tickets are on sale at the Barbican from July 1.


 9th January 2018

Quiz Night Success!

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Thank you to all that attended our 2018 York Hospital Radio Quiz night hosted by BBC personality Alan Dedicoat (The Voice of the Lottery Balls and Strictly Come Dancing). The event was held at Clifton Park, the home of York rugby union and cricket club. A entertaining night was had by all with all proceeds going towards the running of the station.

Keep your eye out for details of our 2019 event!

York Hospital Radio is a registered charity, and broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the York Hospital, with volunteers presenting a mixture of music shows, requests, football commentaries from Bootham Crescent, a range of outside broadcasts from other theatres and concert venues, and information designed to help patients during their stay in hospital. The radio station can also be heard online at


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York Hospital Radio has unveiled its Christmas schedule for 2017 for listeners in the York Hospital, and for the first time ever, for online listeners via 

The volunteer broadcasters have created a special yuletide feast of programmes to entertain patients who have to remain in hospital over Christmas. 

Highlights include: 

· Christmas Eve : live programmes from 6am – 3pm with the best in Christmas music and entertainment 

· The ever popular Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols live from York Minster 

· Overtones in concert at York Barbican 

· Christmas Day : live programmes from 8am – 10am, and a special show to accompany Christmas lunch, including a special message by The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu 

· The NHS Carol Concert recorded at York Minster 

· The Community Carol Concert recorded at York Barbican 

· Boxing Day : The Choir Festival recorded earlier this year at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre 

From Wednesday 27 December onwards, York Hospital Radio will play music from particular decades from the 1960s onwards, and on New Year’s Eve will feature music exclusively from 2017. 

Finally, New Year’s Day will include live commentary on York City’s home game against North Ferriby United. 

Ian Clennan, chairman of York Hospital Radio, said: “We always try to create a very special schedule to keep patients entertained at this very special time of the year, and to make it that little bit easier to have to spend Christmas in hospital. This year we have aimed to feature several festive events around the city, which listeners may otherwise have missed.” 

York Hospital Radio is a registered charity, broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the York Hospital, and also online and via a free app.


17th October 2017

York Hospital Radio is looking for volunteer request collectors, and  assistants for its weekly sports shows

York Hospital Radio – the registered charity which broadcasts to patients in the York Hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week – is looking for volunteer request collectors, to visit the wards, in addition to volunteers to provide backup help to its sports broadcasters.

The request collectors will be given full training, and will be responsible for visiting selected wards during the daytime, meeting suitable patients, and taking details of the music they would like to hear on the radio station. They will also share information about the station and simply have a chat with the patient concerned. The request collectors will then collate the music choices, ready to be broadcast later by the station’s volunteer presenters.

In addition, the radio station is also looking for volunteers who would like to help with its sports shows. These roles are not broadcasters, but help the presenters by collating information about scores and scorers, and by preparing audio clips from other sources for broadcast during the show. The sports show, Goal Line, is broadcast every Saturday afternoon during the football season, and midweek when appropriate, and covers York City matches whether home or away. A rota will be prepared for sports backup assistants, who will not be expected to attend every week.

Ian Clennan, chairman of York Hospital Radio, explained: “These newly recruited request collectors will enable us to offer even better shows for our listeners, as they will have chosen the music themselves. We all know that a stay in hospital can be a rather lonely experience, even with the very best efforts of all the staff, and getting a favourite record played – and just meeting a request collector – can really help to put a patient at ease, and give them something to look forward to.

“We know that our sports show is one of the most popular parts of our output, and we are looking for more people to get involved, to help to keep it as informative and professional as it can possibly be.”

The radio station now broadcasts online, as well as in the York Hospital, and all its programmes can be heard by selecting the ‘Listen Live’ feature on or by downloading the York Hospital Radio app from your app store.

Ian Clennan added : “I am delighted that we can  now be heard online as well, which adds a whole new dimension to the service we provide.”

Request collectors and sports backup volunteers can be any age. Request collectors must be available during the day, and should be able to commit to regular visiting, though the frequency of the visits can be agreed with the radio station, to suit the individual volunteer. Sports backup volunteers must be available on Saturday afternoons.

Anybody interested in finding out more should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or they can call 01904 628800, and leave a message.

York Hospital Radio broadcasts a request show each midweek evening, and also broadcasts outside broadcasts from a range of local venues, as well as commentaries on all York City home games. The station also presents many music shows, covering all forms of music from the 1950s to the current charts


Charity Status

York Hospital Radio is a registered charity. Number 1172587.
We rely on sponsorship, donations and fundraising.

To get involved please click here!