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Shortage of DJs at hospital radio

A radio studio (library picture)
The radio station also needs technical, office and fund-raising staff

One of the oldest hospital radio stations in the UK claims it is in danger of going off air because it does not have enough disc jockeys.

Aberystwyth's Radio Bronglais 87.8FM said it desperately needed volunteer presenters as well as technical, office and fund-raising staff.

The station has provided music, entertainment and information to patients and visitors for 37 years.

An open evening is planned later this month to drum up support.

The station's acting chairman Chris Woodfield said it would close unless volunteers came forward to spare a few hours a week.

He added: "We have a modern studio building that is the envy of other radio stations and it is such a shame that we have so few people to run it.

"At the moment we have only three presenters who regularly produce live broadcasts. We would dearly love to train more presenters and give them their own shows."

Mr Woodfield said volunteers were also needed to help with office work.

"Not everyone is cut out to be the man or woman behind the microphone," he said.

"We want to be able to visit the hospital wards regularly and collect requests and dedications from patients, but we simply do not have the volunteers to do even that basic task."

An open evening is planned at the radio station on 21 October at 1930 BST.


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