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Hospital radio

Hospital radio presenter

HRR is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers and is on-air 24 hours a day, including live programmes every weekday evening between 7 - 10pm, 10am - 10pm on Saturdays and 12.30pm - 10pm on Sundays.  At other times you can hear an automated service of music and useful information.

HRR's record requests programmes are on-air every evening between 8.00 and 10.00pm as well as on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Volunteers aim to visit each ward twice a week to collect requests but you are welcome to call in on the free 24-hour request line by dialling *800 from the Hospedia phone at your bedside. Alternatively, your family and friends can call from outside on 0118 322 8508 and can also listen in to our internet stream on www.hrreading.org.uk

Specialist programmes at other times include comedy, short stories, programmes on old-time, jazz, country and classical music, as well as commentary on all Reading FCs home fixtures.

If you have any comments on HRR programmes please contact Stephen Ham (Programme Controller) and if you feel you might like to become a member of HRR yourself, ask for Gerard Rocks (Chairman). 

HRR is broadcast by cable to most wards on the free radio service of the Hospedia system.


If you'd like a request played for a patient, please email requests@hospitalradioreading.org.uk

or telephone the 24-hour Request Line on 0118 322 8508,

or text 60300 (each text costs 25p plus one message at your standard rate) giving the following information:

  • the patient's name
  • the ward the patient is in
  • the record or type of record you would like us to play, and the artist's name
  • the approximate time if you have a preference

There's more information on the HRR website

Useful Contacts

Gerard Rocks

Programme Controller
Stephen Ham

Hospital Radio Reading 
Royal Berkshire Hospital
Craven Road

0118 322 8508




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