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History of Mdr

Past, Present and Future

History of MDR


Mid Downs Radio celebrates over 40 years of Hospital Broadcasting!

From small beginnings in a broom cupboard at Cuckfield Hospital,

(with a converted caravan for events), to a much larger storage room

turned into two Radio Studios at the Princess Royal, (and a beautifully decorated and professional events unit).  That sums up where history has taken us over the years.

Thanks to the MDR Committees (past and present), fundraising teams and

support from the Mid Sussex community at all our events and the Lottery

Commission, plus BSUH Hospital Board, League of Friends of the PRH and

Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, local councils and businesses,

we have continued to improve our standards over the years.


We now have really up to date equipment in both the studios,

(new Myriad computer system), and the Outside Events Unit,

(new PA and mic system).  Gary looks after all the Radio Station’s

engineering and technical needs. PrincessRoyal HospitalRadio

Our new aerial, (the old one was destroyed in a car accident!)

has improved the strength and clarity of our broadcasts.

With pre-recorded programmes joining the live shows, we can be heard

24hrs a day, 365 days a year, with a variety of music, chat, news and

Hospital/Health information.  We feature specialist programmes such as

celebrity/local interest interviews from Wendy on Wednesday afternoons.  

The Passive Speaker system in the waiting areas, including the RVS shop

and the League of Friends coffee shop, staff personal radios and the

Hospedia bedside units, have helped MDR become the most listened

to radio station in our corner of Mid Sussex.


So, the future is looking bright for Mid Downs Radio,

come and join us!


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