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!