OUT & ABOUT
Redhill was the brainchild of Les
Fowler and his son Andrew and was
founded in November 1974. The first broadcast to the patients
of Redhill General Hospital took place on Christmas Day 1974. The second broadcast and the start of regular programmes was in February 1975. The
studio in those early days was on top of a filing cabinet in the Chapel
vestry and the station boasted six members. The equipment
consisted of a couple of tape decks, a microphone and a four channel
Irwyn and Jack Parker collecting
their 15 years' Service Awards in 2002.
At the latter end of 1976 thieves broke in and stole
vital equipment but show-business magnate Lord Grade heard about it and
stepped in to help. Radio Redhill stayed in the chapel vestry for five years until Loctite UK Ltd
donated their demonstration caravan to the station in the autumn of
1980. Although this cost several thousand pounds to equip, it
big enough to create two small studios inside. It enabled
Redhill to develop further and to extend its range of programmes to the
patients. Comedy actor Melvin Hayes visited the station and cut the
ribbon. A new stage in the station’s history was
Owen with Irwyn Davies in 2004
June Snowden opens
Radio Redhill’s new studio in 2002.
phase one of the then new East Surrey Hospital
opened a few
years later, Radio Redhill acquired some space on the first floor in
which to build a studio. Broadcasting from both hospitals had
begun. The new studio was opened by the late Jean Metcalfe on
February 16th 1985.
closure of Redhill General Hospital in 1991, the caravan was no more.
However a brand new studio was opened in phase two of the East Surrey
Last Updated 5th Janaury 2015
|In 1998 Radio Redhill started broadcasting 24 hours a day, and switched on its Medium Wave transmitter on 1st July 2000.
April 2005, Radio Redhill celebrated its 30th Birthday by broadcasting
to Redhill and Reigate on 87.7FM for two weeks. On the opening day of
the broadcast, news came through that Radio Redhill had won the HBA
Awards and was Hospital Radio Station of the Year 2005.
April 30th 2007 saw Radio Redhill move on the Medium Wave band from
1287am to 1431am meaning less interference from neighbouring and
On 1st July 2010, exactly ten years after we launched on Medium Wave,
Radio Redhill started streaming live on the internet, allowing our
programmes to be heard in high quality stereo for the first time.
Redhill membership currently stands at around seventy volunteers of all
ages and of all walks of life but with one common purpose – a
commitment to provide a service to its hospital listeners that no other
station, however local, can offer.