Radio Cavell, Oldham
Text by Radio
Cavell, photos by Alan
Radio Cavell is an unique service
to the Patients, Staff and Visitors to the Royal
Oldham Hospital, providing a mix of Information
and Entertainment taking into account the needs
of the wide range of people who stay, visit or work
in the Royal Oldham Hospital.
Radio Cavell's aerial
A service that helps make a stay
in hospital just a little bit more bearable by making
the patient feel a little less alone. As well as
providing a service to those the patients and visitors
in waiting rooms, clinics and the many staff who
work in the Royal Oldham Hospital. Radio
Cavell plays a role in promoting and positively
enhancing the health services and facilities being
offered to the people of Oldham, and assisting in
the improvement of the Health of the Nation.
Oldham has an very long tradition
of hospital broadcasting. In the mid 1930's the
Matron at the Boundary Park Hospital organised regular
Friday afternoon "patient entertainment broadcasts"
over the 'Tanoy' system. Radio Cavell was formed
in 1972, and since then has continued to develop
into the service we hear today.
Radio Cavell's permanent
mast being raised from the horizontal to the
vertical position in the early days.
Radio Cavell's provides a service
of a sort not available elsewhere. The evening's
concentrate on the audience in Hospital Beds, with
a large amount of Patient Participation. Our team
of volunteers meet the listener in person before
the broadcast, and become more than just a voice
on the radio.
This is supplemented by a variety
of specialist music programmes in the early evening
ranging from Big Bands, through 50's Rock and Roll,
to Organ and Keyboard Music. Radio Cavell is also
committed to providing a quality sports service
with Oldham Athletic and Oldham Rugby League commentaries.
Radio Cavell's transmitter
During the day the attention
moves to the wider audience around the hospital
in clinics, outpatients departments and staff on
breaks with a blend of music, health and hospital
We also bring the 'outside world'
into the hospital so that patients do not 'miss-out'
on events. Our outside broadcast team can regularly
be found at events such as Concerts at The Queen
Elizabeth Hall, varied local events, The Hospital
Gala, Election results, the Hospital Chapel and
Christmas Carol Services, Ward Open Day's, Services
of Remembrance, and very many others.
Setting the standard
The original temporary
transmitter of Radio Cavell
Radio Cavell has always been
at the cutting edge of hospital broadcasting, embracing
new technologies and opportunities. We were one
of the first stations to operate under a new Radio
Authority licence for a "freely radiating signal"
that can be received on a normal radio set. This
has opened up tremendous possibilities for Radio
Cavell. Along with recent innovations in broadcasting
technology have enabled Radio Cavell to become a
24 hour a day Information and Entertainment service
for The Royal Oldham Hospital.
Although it is possible that
the radio signal on 1350 AM may be heard beyond
the hospital site, it is a condition of the licence
that we do not acknowledge this and that we do not
seek to involve these 'listeners' in the broadcasts.
Comment by Mika Mäkeläinen:
The station can indeed be heard beyond hospital
grounds, and has been logged several times at least
in the Scandinavian countries. I heard the station
in Finland in summer 2002. 1350 kHz is one of the
few frequencies in Europe which are free of high-power
stations, making it possible for low-power UK stations
to be heard quite far. However, the most "common"
station from the UK here is Kingstown Radio, and
Radio Cavell can be considered a very good catch
anywhere outside its small target area.
January 7, 2003